Category Archives: Rap

Janelle Monáe Releases Two New Videos From Dirty Computer

Janelle Monáe got closer to the release of Dirty Computer with the release of videos for “Make Me Feel” and “Django Jane” today. The former is a Prince tribute with bisexual imagery and bold colors. The latter is Janelle rapping about a woman’s agency, and addressing her haters among a squad of Black Girl Magic soldiers. Dirty Computer will be released April 27th.

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The Weeknd & Kendrick Lamar: Pray For Me (Audio)

“Pray For Me” is a collaboration with The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar for the Black Panther soundtrack. The movie has already sold more pre-sale tickets than all other superhero movies. Lamar revealed the tracklisting to the soundtrack yesterday and it can also be ordered before the February 11th release date.

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Rapture: Netflix Hip-Hop Documentary Trailer

Rapture is an eight-part documentary about hip-hop from Netflix. Nas, Rapsody, T.I. and 2Chainz are some of the rappers who appear and talk about their work. Sacha Jenkins is the director of the series that will air on March 30th.

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Watch: Kendrick Lamar, U2, Bruno Mars, Cardi B, Childish Gambino & Sza Perform At The Grammys

Kendrick Lamar opened The Grammys’ with U2 and a medley of “XXX,” “DNA” and “King’s Dead” that had brief breaks with words from Dave Chappelle. He took home Grammys for Best Rap Performance, Best Rap/Sung Performance with Rihanna, Best Rap Song and Best Rap Album. Bruno Mars performed “Finesse” with Cardi B and he also had a big night with six wins including Album Of The Year. Childish Gambino had five nominations and took home a statue for Best Traditional R&B Performance. He performed “Terrified” but told the media later that he would be retiring the Gambino persona. Fans were dismayed that Sza did not take home any awards after having her breakout year and five nominations. She gave a performance of “Broken Clocks.” Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow” seemed destined for recognition but Kendrick Lamar took both categories. See the full list of winners here.

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Throwback: Positive K-I Got A Man

Positive K’s “I Got A Man” was a catchy rap song about a man meeting a woman on a New York City street in 1992. He had already rapped about the subject with former First Priority labelmate MC Lyte on their 1988 collaboration “I Ain’t Havin’ It.” Positive K’s voice was altered by studio technology and he became the woman’s voice constantly reminding him that “I Got A Man.” The Skills Dat Pay Da Bills was released on Island Records and had Big Daddy Kane and Jazzy Jay among its producers. The album did not climb the charts but became an underground classic of the ’90s. In 2017, Positive K and Greg Nice released their Gr8te Mindz album.

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