Murder Inc.: The Supergroup That Never Was

Originally, Murder Inc. was to be the name of a supergroup comprised of Jay-Z, DMX, and Ja Rule. All three were signed to Def Jam (through their own imprints of Roc-A-Fella, Ruff Ryders, and Murder Inc.) and had known one another for years. They appeared in each other’s videos, shouted out one another, and performedContinue reading “Murder Inc.: The Supergroup That Never Was”

In Appreciation of: Kool G Rap

“Hearing me is like hearing G Rap in his prime” – Jay-Z, “Encore” If there were a Mount Rushmore of pre-’90s, Golden Era hip-hop, the four heads would belong to Rakim, KRS-One, Big Daddy Kane, and Kool G Rap. While the first three are often referenced, it unfortunately seems like many casual fans are unawareContinue reading “In Appreciation of: Kool G Rap”

An Appreciation of Missy Elliott Videos

To celebrate the release of “WTF,” the new video by Missy Elliott, I decided to compile some of my favorite Missy videos. She is a trendsetter that changed hip-hop when she entered the game. She can do it all – rap, sing, write, produce, dance, direct, whatever. One of the most innovative artists in rapContinue reading “An Appreciation of Missy Elliott Videos”

Collaborations of Busta Rhymes, Jay-Z, B.I.G. & DMX – All of Whom Went to High School Together

There have been a multitude of studies and stories done on the connection between geography and success. In the history of hip-hop, one of the most fertile grounds for superstars has been Brooklyn. For proof, think about the fact that Busta Rhymes, Jay-Z, The Notorious B.I.G. and DMX all went to George Westinghouse Career andContinue reading “Collaborations of Busta Rhymes, Jay-Z, B.I.G. & DMX – All of Whom Went to High School Together”

20 Classic Hip-Hop Songs for Casual Fans

As a favor – one that you did not ask for – I’ve compiled a list of twenty songs that I think casual hip-hop fans should know.