Illmatic: Nas in Philly. Photo by Leon Laing.

Illmatic: Nas in Philly. Photo by Leon Laing.

In honor of the 20th anniversary of Nas’ epic debut album Illmatic, the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival will feature the world premiere of Time is Illmatic. This documentary chronicles the rise of Nas’ album. Continue reading ‘Stillmatic’

Chris Brown’s ‘Loyal’ video

Chris Brown drops a new video for “Loyal,” a song getting heavy radio rotation. Artists, such as Usher, Trey Songz and Ty Dolla $ign, make a cameo.

Ross reflects on career

“I was in the game 10 years and never made a dollar. I stayed loyal—and now we here.” Rick Ross

‘The Worst (remix)’

Mazon remixes Jhene Aiko’s latest single “The Worst.” The reserved MC/producer/songwriter rides the laid-back track well.

Coldest winter

Photography by the media wasn’t permitted at the concert, so we posted the video from West’s “New Slaves” instead.

West vs. the nor’easter

On Feb. 13, at least 6 inches of snow blanketed State College. But the storm didn’t stop Kanye West fans from filling the Bryce Jordan Center. Continue reading ‘Coldest winter’

King Push

To wrap up 2013, a recent episode of MTV’s RapFix Live featured freestyle cyphers of some of hip-hop’s talented newcomers, such as Troy Ave and Lantana. RapFix also showcased a cypher of rising artists, including Ohio’s Alexander Dreamer, Canada’s ShaqIsDope and Mississippi’s Slimm Pusha. Continue reading ‘King Push’

Bair takes a dare

J. Bair at album release party. Photo by

J. Bair at album release party. Photo by

As rapper J. Bair preps for his sophomore album, reflects on his debut album. On Nov. 9, the hip-hop purist celebrated his Dare to Be Different debut album — and the birthday of his late mother. He observed Dare and his mother’s life by holding a party in Harrisburg. Continue reading ‘Bair takes a dare’


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