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2013 BET Hip-Hop Awards Nominees

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Top 10 New Rap Albums for July

June was an exciting month for hip-hop, as we saw new albums from Wale, J. Cole, and Kanye West. If anyone can match last month’s hysteria it’s the man who signed all three: Jay-Z. He leads July’s lineup with the platinum-certified Magna Carta… Holy Grail. Here’s this month’s Top 10

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Review: Wale – The Gifted

Gone is the Wale who caught everyone’s attention with “Nike Boots,” energized hip-hop with “The Kramer,” and charged at dubious execs on his mixtapes. Wale has evolved from album to album, and it’s one of the most calculated transformations rap has ever witnessed. The complicated relationship between his past and his present informs his third album, The Gifted.

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Top 10 Rap Songs About Fatherhood

Here’s a bitter pill for all the dads out there, hip-hop is far less kind to poppas than mommas. I had to scrape through all the corners of the earth to find just a handful of the fatherhood equivalent of this Mother’s Day playlist. Dads need love, too.
Enjoy these 10 great Father’s Day Rap Songs.
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This Is the End

It is with much sadness that I report that this is my final blog post as the Guide for Rock Music here at About.com. The decision has been made to cease publishing new content, although the reviews, articles, interviews and lists that I’ve written over the last five years will remain on this site.

It has been a pleasure writing about rock music, especially during a period of uncertainty in the genre. Since 2008, we’ve seen a crop of new (or newish) bands carry the torch for a younger generation — Alabama Shakes, Kings of Leon and the Black Keys immediately spring to mind — while at the same time bands from the 1990s like Jane’s Addiction, Soundgarden and Alice in Chains have tried to recapture past glories by reuniting recently. This site, which was tasked with chronicling contemporary rock from the ’90s to the present, has always sought to find that middle ground between the aging legends of classic rock and the more experimental leanings of alternative music. That proved to be an interesting challenge as rock continues to see its market share shrink. The most obvious sign of this was when Billboard near the end of last year radically redesigned its rock singles charts, essentially banishing most of what would be considered traditional rock for more pop-leaning artists. There are still plenty of good rock bands out there, but they have a hard time making a dent on radio or in the public consciousness.

Consequently, this site’s unofficial mission has been to document what exactly constitutes “rock” in the 21st century. Long replaced by hip-hop and other genres as the dominant and most culturally significant musical art forms of the age, rock has faced something of an identity crisis, wrestling between retreating into the past or trying to stake out new territory. Retro groups like the White Stripes have managed to do both simultaneously, but they’re that rare exception. It’s difficult to guess where rock will go in the future, but I’m sorry that I won’t be covering it here at About.

I want to thank you, the readers, for your thoughtful emails and lively discussions over the last five years. It’s been a treat to run this site, and I hope you enjoyed what I brought to it. If you’d like to stay in touch, you can reach me at my personal blog as well as on Twitter. By the way, I titled this blog post somewhat in jest. Since the rise of punk in the late ’70s, naysayers have been sounding the death knell for rock ‘n’ roll. Despite its creative peaks and valleys since, the music has never gone away. Every supposed “end” of rock music has simply been a transitional period before some exciting new permutation. This site may be wrapping up, but the music it covered is far from finished.

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Hey Mama: 10 Rap Songs Mom Will Love

This Mother’s Day, surprise Mom with a playlist of these adorable hip-hop songs for moms.

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TMZ Links Boston Suspect to Hip-Hop, Somehow

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This Week’s Forgotten Gem of the ’80s – Public Enemy – "You’re Gonna Get Yours"

publicenemy-yo.jpgHaving operated this site for several years with only rare mentions of the developing late-’80s genres of rap and hip-hop, I’m not even gonna try and pretend to be a connoisseur of the music of Public Enemy or any other similarly groundbreaking groups of its ilk. Nevertheless, in light of last week’s announcement of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s inductees for 2013, it’s certainly more than appropriate to spotlight one of the most revered pioneers of a style of music that has come to dominate a great deal of modern pop music listenership. Personally, despite my relative status as a Public Enemy neophyte, I’m delighted to see the continuing variety of the Rock Hall’s selections from year to year. Some purists have certainly complained about recent inductees from Madonna to ABBA to Grandmaster Flash because those artists don’t seem to reflect what they imagine to be the “genuine spirit” of rock and roll. I respectfully disagree with such attitudes and instead embrace the notion of inclusivity as long as the demand for high artistic quality remains ironclad. Opinions will always vary about polarizing bands like another of this year’s inductees, Canadian arena rockers Rush, or one of the Hall’s most high-profile ongoing snubs, theatrical hard rock band KISS. That’s what makes things interesting. But in the case of Public Enemy, even I can confidently say there should really be no debate.

Listening even just once to “You’re Gonna Get Yours” – the explosive lead-off track from Public Enemy’s debut 1987 LP, Yo! Bum Rush the Show – reveals the undeniably powerhouse nature of the group’s work. And this is far in advance of what are universally considered to be the band’s undisputed masterpieces – its second and third studio albums. The song may ostensibly be about one of rock and roll’s most classic subjects – cruising around in an envy-inducing vehicle and generally adopting a peacock-level display of bravado – but it ultimately goes far deeper than that even at this early stage of Public Enemy’s legendary career. This is a hip-hop act that certainly helped pave the way for socially conscious rap music, but the fact of the matter is that it also happens to be one of the greatest from song to song and album to album. That’s what the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame should be all about. And so it is this year.

  • Sample or download “You’re Gonna Get Yours” here.
  • Compare prices on Public Enemy CDs here.
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Trinidad James Signs with Def Jam

Trinidad James is the hottest commodity in hip-hop right now, and his stock keeps rising. Def Jam announced today that it has signed the Atlanta-based rapper to an exclusive recording deal.  As part of the deal, James also gets a label deal for his Gold Gang Records.

“We’re excited to welcome a young talent like Trinidad James to the Def Jam family,” said Def Jam executive Joie Manda. “Def Jam prides itself as both a cornerstone of hip-hop’s rich tradition, and as a vital, forward-thinking label dedicated to breaking and nurturing emerging artists. Trinidad James represents the cutting-edge of what’s happening in the culture today. We are thrilled to have him at the label, and look forward to growing his already massive buzz.”

James’ breakout hit, “All Gold Everything,” kicked off an intense bidding war and, apparently, Def Jam made the most enticing offer. Don’t Be S.A.F.E., the mixtape that spawned that single, is available on iTunes now.

The 25-year-old thanked Def Jam “for believing.”

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Rick Ross Nominated for Best Original Song Oscar

Well, this is odd. Another hip-hop artist has managed to crack the Best Original Song shortlist for the 85th Academy Awards (word to Triple 6). The 75 songs from eligible 2012 films include Rozay’s “100 Black Coffins” from Django Unchained and The Black Keys’ “Baddest Man Alive,” from RZA’s kung fu flick, The Man with the Iron Fists

The Academy explained its Original Song rules in a press release. “To be eligible, a song must consist of words and music, both of which are original and written specifically for the film,” it reads. “A clearly audible, intelligible, substantive rendition of both lyric and melody must be used in the body of the film or as the first music cue in the end credits.”

Full list of nominees below:

  • “For You” from “Act of Valor”
  • “Metaphorical Blanket” from “Any Day Now”
  • “Let It Rain” from “Being Flynn”
  • “Learn Me Right” from “Brave”
  • “Touch the Sky” from “Brave”
  • “Airport” from “Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best”
  • “Come on Girl” from “Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best”
  • “Someday” from “Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best”
  • “Protect the King” from “Brooklyn Castle”
  • “California Solo” from “California Solo”
  • “Casa De Mi Padre” from “Casa De Mi Padre”
  • “Del Cielo” from “Casa De Mi Padre”
  • “Yo No Se” from “Casa De Mi Padre”
  • “No Other Plans” from “Celeste and Jesse Forever”
  • “Before My Time” from “Chasing Ice”
  • “By the Light of the Moon” from “Crossroad”
  • “The Sambola! International Dance Craze” from “Damsels in Distress”
  • “When You Comin’ Home” from “Darling Companion”
  • “Death by China” from “Death by China”
  • “Delhi Safari” from “Delhi Safari”
  • “Ancora Qui” from “Django Unchained”
  • “Freedom” from “Django Unchained”
  • “100 Black Coffins” from “Django Unchained”
  • “Who Did That to You?” from “Django Unchained”
  • “How Bad Can I Be?” from “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax”
  • “Let It Grow” from “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax”
  • “Thneedville” from “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax”
  • “Ain’t No Train” from “Downtown Express”
  • “You Don’t Have to Be a Star” from “Fame High”
  • “Jose’s Martyrdom” from “For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada”
  • “Strange Love” from “Frankenweenie”
  • “Voodoo” from “Halloween Party”
  • “Luna Nascosta” from “Hidden Moon”
  • “Song of the Lonely Mountain” from “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
  • “Abraham’s Daughter” from “The Hunger Games”
  • “Master of the Seas” from “Ice Age Continental Drift”
  • “We Are” from “Ice Age Continental Drift”
  • “Looking for a Sign” from “Jeff, Who Lives at Home”
  • “From Here to the Moon and Back” from “Joyful Noise”
  • “He’s Everything” from “Joyful Noise”
  • “I’m Yours” from “Joyful Noise”
  • “Wide Awake” from “Katy Perry: Part of Me”
  • “Cosmonaut” from “Lawless”
  • “Beaten Up and Broken Down” from “Least among Saints”
  • “Suddenly” from “Les Misérables”
  • “Pi’s Lullaby” from “Life of Pi”
  • “When I Grow Up” from “Losing Control”
  • “Love Always Comes as a Surprise” from “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted”
  • “Ladies of Tampa” from “Magic Mike”
  • “The Baddest Man Alive” from “The Man with the Iron Fists”
  • “This Gift” from “The Odd Life of Timothy Green”
  • “Still Alive” from “Paul Williams Still Alive”
  • “Dotted Line” from “People Like Us”
  • “Snake Eyes” from “Promised Land”
  • “Razors.Out” from “The Raid: Redemption”
  • “I’m Not Leaving” from “Re:Generation”
  • “Still Dream” from “Rise of the Guardians”
  • “Undercover Love” from “Rock of Ages”
  • “Big Machine” from “Safety Not Guaranteed”
  • “I Be Here” from “Saint Dracula”
  • “I Have Secrets” from “Saint Dracula”
  • “Skyfall” from “Skyfall”
  • “Breath of Life” from “Snow White and the Huntsman”
  • “Gone” from “Snow White and the Huntsman”
  • “One Wing” from “Sparkle”
  • “Not Running Anymore” from “Stand Up Guys”
  • “Feel Love” from “Struck by Lightning”
  • “Everybody Needs a Best Friend” from “Ted”
  • “Never Had” from “10 Years”
  • “Dull Tool” from “This Is 40″
  • “She Won’t Let Go” from “Until They Are Home”
  • “Kiss Me Goodbye” from “Virginia”
  • “Anything Made of Paper” from “West of Memphis”
  • “Hashishet Albi” from “Where Do We Go Now?”
  • “When Can I See You Again?” from “Wreck-It Ralph”

The 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Thursday, January 10, 2013.

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