ESSENCE Festival 2016 is finally upon us, and with festivities just hours away, ESSENCE has announced they will celebrate the life of Prince with a New Orleans-themed tribute on Sunday (July 3).

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Nicki Minaj and Drake have both been nominated for the 2015 TIME Person of the Year award, and more.

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With final voting ballots for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards due tomorrow, Friday, January 16, the clock is ticking for eligible members of the Recording Academy to turn in their picks for the artists who will walk away with trophies when the Grammys air on CBS on Sunday, February 8, 2015.  Hip-hop pioneer MC Lyte […]

MC Lyte‘s performance on the BET Awards was more than just a welcome back showing. The Brooklyn MC will be dropping a new album very soon. Serving as the first release is the Common & 10 Beats assisted “Dear John”. The record is also the anthem for the hip-hop legend’s #EducateOURMen Scholarship Initiative of Lyte’s […]

Hip-Hop pioneer MC Lyte understands the responsibility of being a legend. She kicked open the door for women in Hip-Hop when the genre was still considered a passing fad and has remained a staple in the game for the last quarter century. Despite continuing to blaze her own trail in the entertainment business, she is […]

Entertainment, Film

A few weeks ago MC Lyte spilled the beans that Lil Mama would be playing the role of Left Eye in the up-coming TLC biopic. In this week’s “What’s Hot” actress Keke Palmer, who is playing Chilli, reveals that filming for the movie will begin on March 6th. Are you going to watch it? Like […]

On Friday (12/21), rap icon MC Lyte hosted the Female Legends of Hip Hop Interactive Panel Discussion at The LA Film School in Hollywood, CA.  The panel was a part of MC Lyte’s “Hip Hop Sisters Legend Series:  Who Are They, Where Are They, What Happened & Why?” taking place this weekend. Some of rap’s […]

Skillz presents: Hip-Hop Confessions ep. 9 — Ladies First from Visually Inklined on Vimeo. In his next episode of “True Hip-Hop Confessions” Skillz gets MC Lyte and Salt & Pepa to spill their guts on some back-in-the-day hip-hop trivia. MC Lyte confesses that the Porsche she sported on her album over was not hers, and […]

The lineup for the 17th annual Essence Music Festival was announced and features such heavyweights as Kanye West, Mary J. Blige and Jill Scott amongst others.

Hip Hop has taken a bad rap. Mostly because the labels and the media choose to only promote the most negative music to make money. Still Hip Hop has a long history of positive uplifting songs. Here’s my Top 9. 9. Ed O G And The Bulldogs Be A Father To Your Child. Dope ode […]

There are dozens, maybe hundreds of songs by female MCs that have earned their place in hip-hop history. But sometimes it’s not a whole song, just a verse, 8 to 16 bars that serve as defining moments for that MC.

Battling is as fundamental to hip-hop as a microphone but when does it go too far? With everyone chiming in on the Lil Kim vs Nicki Minaj debacle we wanted to take a look back at some of the biggest battles and beefs between hip-hop’s femcees.