Art imitates life, and so does rap. And more than anyone else, beatbox legend Doug E. Fresh understands this idea. Sitting for a painted portrait wasn’t enough, so Fresh beatboxed while his likeness was created using cassette film tape— in true superstar fashion. As his own cassettes are un-spun, the picture of him begins to take […]

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File this one under, “Oops.” In a new profile for New York magazine, Barack Obama’s former chief strategist and fellow Chicagoan David Axelrod explains how a gift for the President’s 50th birthday backfired thanks to none other than iconic hoop star Michael Jordan. A few years ago, when Obama turned 50, Axelrod thought up a perfect gift for his boss in the form […]

As part of’s Black Music Month coverage we asked several of our featured artists to tell us about their favorite or most influential album and the answers were as varied as the artists themselves. Watch the videos below: David Banner on Goodie Mob’s Soul Food [ooyala code=”JwamF3NDpjONSW8YARAiDQGHdNTAWGPo”] Driicky Graham on Eminem’s The Eminem Show […]

After graduating from “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” to “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” we weren’t sure when we’d get new studio material from The Roots crew. It would have been totally understandable if they wanted to kick back and keep collecting those late night checks, but thankfully they have been recording as well. […]

Another “Soul Train Awards” is in the books and we have all of the performances for you right here courtesy of BET.COM.  While there will be rebroadcast of the entire awards this week, check out the highlights featuring Chaka Khan, K. Michelle, Jennifer Hudson, Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick, Doug E. Fresh, Keith Sweat and […]

Legendary photographer Jonathan Mannion is a real G if you subscribe to Lil Wayne‘s logic of real Gs moving in silence like lasagna. Although having been in the game since the early nineties, many don’t recognize the name, but they damn sure know the work. If you’ve ever spent time looking at the photos in […]

In 1995 Russell Simmons teamed with director Brian Robbins and producer Mike Tollin (Tollin/Robbins Productions) to create Def Jam’s Hip-Hop documentary “The Show.” “The Show” was both about giving fans insight into the lives of the most prominent Rap acts of the time as well as a live performance film a la “Wattstax.” “The Show” […]

Okay, so this might be one of the coolest ideas ever. Rappers always rep where they’re from, so why not put up street signs at the actual intersections or neighborhood where famous lyrics came from? Artist Jay Shells took the time to make signs and put them all over New York City. You might even […]

Rap legend Big Danny Kane tells FUSE about how being at a Sharon Jones and Talib Kweli show in North Carolina  inspired him to form a hip-hop/soul group and record new music. The group called Las Suppa, is comprised of Big Daddy Kane, Pharoahe Monch’s singer Showtime (“My Desire”) and band the Lifted Crew, who […]

Somewhere comedian Affion Crockett is pissed he didn’t get to put his Trinidad James spoof out first. “New Girl” star Lamorne Morris beat Crockett to the punch with a humorous parody of Trinidad James’ hit “All Gold Everything.” Morris embodies the character Belizean James for the broke people anthem “No Gold Anything.” Instead of Trinidad […]

  It seems that Mr. Barry Prismall over at The Examiner feels that he has “Rap” music all figured out and that all of “Rap” music is the exact same thing across the board. In his editorial about rap music, he longs for the olden days of Rock-N-Roll (ie The Beatles and Stevie Nicks etc.) back […]

For Black Music Month Jermaine Paul, the season 2 winner of “The Voice,” spoke to TheUrbanDaily about his favorite old school hip-hop album, The Great Adventures of Slick Rick.  (Coincidentally, it’s one of our favorites, too!) “That was the record we used to sneak and listen to as kids with all that inappropriateness,” he said […]