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Today marks the birthday of legendary pop singer Michael Jackson, and the massive impact his music and life had on the world of popular culture can still be felt today. How many high-energy parties have you been to that blasted Jackson’s music at some point and got that one drunk guy to do the “Smooth Criminal” […]

After what’s seemed like a much longer wait than usual, the XXL team revealed their picks for the coveted annual “Freshman Class” issue, and the Internet is still picking at it. The Freshman List, of course, exists to shine a spotlight on the up-and-comers who’ve been grinding like crazy in order to be recognized as the next […]

  The star-studded Billboard Music Awards are right around the corner (Sunday, May 15th), already packed to the brim with stars set to perform, including Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, Wiz Khalifa, Pitbull, Mariah Carey, Empire‘s Jussie Smollett and more. Hip-hop’s in the building this year, especially considering that West is the ceremony’s closing act. Taylor Swift‘s new music […]

Ava DuVernay had a whirlwind 2014 after her award-winning MLK biopic Selma was released, and now Marvel Studios is reportedly eyeing her for an upcoming “diverse” superhero project, according to TheWrap. Speculation’s already running wild as to whether or not DuVernay will take the director’s chair on the upcoming Black Panther or Captain Marvel movies. Either way, the mutual interest that both parties have […]

The Sound

Kanye West has forcefully asserted himself as a lot of things: an MC, a fashion nut , a native son of Chicago, a(n honorary) doctor, and the unofficial Chancellor of Guest Appearances. West and fellow Chicagoan/new Roc Nation signee Vic Mensa were the surprise guests at the Open Mic event run by Chance the Rapper in […]

The hype over the latest Star Wars movie is continuing its route toward critical mass. In celebration of the unofficial May 4th holiday, “May the fourth be with you,” Disney and LucasFilm just revealed new character photos on the cover of Vanity Fair. Here’s our first look at actress Lupita Nyong’o (of 12 Years A Slave and Non-Stop fame), who’s reportedly playing Maz […]

The Sound

In an era where social media and other forms of connectivity reveal a new edge to the fan-celebrity dynamic, a musician’s relationship to their fans has become more important than ever. Hip-hop in particular has a sense of community outreach encoded into its very DNA, and J. Cole has taken it to the next level over […]

Jurassic World is just under two months away from sending the world on a nostalgia trip. Universal Studios just dropped a longer trailer on us, and it’s almost looking too good for words. Here’s a quick story recap: After three previous tries and 22 years later, Jurassic World is finally up and running, with ancient animal […]

  The film world is taking it upon itself to unleash every single teaser trailer it has in store this week, and we’ve got two highly anticipated flicks to talk about. Both are returns of venerable ’80s sci-fi properties, and if the high-octane action throughout doesn’t do you in, the ’80s nostalgia probably will. Star […]

Walt Disney Studios has been on a live-action kick lately, mostly due to the success of last year’s Maleficent and this year’s Cinderella remakes. To follow the huge box office momentum, a slew of animated classics are getting the live-action treatment, including Mulan, The Jungle Book, and Winnie The Pooh. Most recently, Pinocchio was added to Disney’s growing […]


Since Odd Future has seemed to go their separate ways creatively, many of its prominent front runners went quiet for a while, particularly the group’s nominal leader, Tyler “The Creator” Okonma. He came out of hiding in a big way this past Wednesday (April 8) by revealing a whole assortment of goodies for his loyal OF fan […]

Where were you when comedy superstar Dave Chappelle announced that he was returning to the standup game? Comedy Hype revealed today that Chappelle is looking to make his comeback somewhat official with a new HBO special. The footage was taped at his recent set of shows for Austin ACL Live in Texas. While the special has no […]