Eerie Story Behind Dark Knight Rises Shooting Victim

Jessica Ghawi was a victim of “The Dark Knight Rises” shooting in Aurora, Colorado. Sources say she was an aspiring NHL/sports journalist, and other than the information she has provided on her prolific Twitter and Tumblr accounts, the young woman’s personal life remains private. The Source’s heart goes out to all of the victims and […]

CyHi the Prynce Explains His Role In G.O.O.D. Music

Following CyHi’s release of “Ivy League Club,” his fourth project on Kanye’s G.O.O.D. label, CyHi discussed his relationship with his powerhouse circle of friends and how it affects the creative process that puts out such critically acclaimed music. Although at times it’s difficult to tell, Cyhi the Prynce is a vital part of the G.O.O.D. […]

Happy Birthday to Nelson Mandela: A Timeless Leader, Political Activist and Freedom Fighter

Following WWII, the National Party of South Africa enacted apartheid, a system of legislative segregation that created white minority supremacy over the diverse racial inhabitants of the region; intense racial classification, residential, municipal and educational segregation and even separate government entities characterized the National Party’s reign. Nelson Mandela lived his life in protest of apartheid […]

Record Report: CyHi The Prynce – Ivy League (Mixtape)

As a team member of G.O.O.D. Music, he’s been given a powerful platform to not only perform with talented contemporaries, but maintain his own identity as an artist with strong southern roots. Ivy League does just that; it offers the Atlantean, rhythmic flow of Royal Flush I and II with a few club hits sprinkled […]

The Roots to Play Birthday Tribute to Soul Legend, Curtis Mayfield

Following years of soulful albums and performances by Curtis Mayfield, the artist was tragically paralyzed after a freak accident in 1990. Seven years after his debilitating injury, Mayfield managed to record an entire album on his back, singing one line at a time to ensure he performed up to the incredible standard he set throughout […]

Childish Gambino Ft. Jay Rock – Sour Face

Yet again, Childish Gambino releases another track with a talented feature; this time it’s Jay Rock, the second member of TDE to collaborate with Glover. Rock lays down an aggressive verse followed by Gambino’s entrance, which begins with “Play this in your car, give em sourface!”  The song is featured on DJ Sosupersam’s newest mixtape, […]

The Source Looks Back on Hip-Hop and the Blackout of ’77

From July 13th to July 14th of 1977, the City of New York was in complete darkness. The chaos began at 8:37 p.m., when the first streak of lightning tripped two Hudson River circuit breakers. After a slew of similar lightning strikes, electricity overloads and circuit trips, the entire Con Edison power system was shut […]

The Future of Concert Tickets: Wristbands With Microchips

The Wakestock Music Festival in the UK was one of the first major festivals in the industry to distribute wristbands fitted with microchips in place of tickets. The wristbands, at first glance, are like any other item handed out at concerts, but are fit with a small radio frequency identification card which allows concert-goers to […]

Nas Shows Respect to Amy Winehouse and Frank Ocean

With “Life Is Good” set to drop on July 17th, much anticipation has arisen surrounding Nas’ newest release. In a recent interview with Rap-Up, Nas was asked about the late Amy Winehouse and his collaboration with her on the track, “Cherry Wine:” “Amy was just one of a kind, you know. We just clicked like […]

Creator of Roc-A-Fella Logo Sues Jay-Z & Co. For Unpaid Royalties

In a lawsuit filed against Jay-Z and his associates, the NYC designer, Dwayne Walker claims he is owed $7 million in unpaid royalties for designing the Roc-A-Fella logo. The logo stands for all that is the entertainment, fashion, music and sports mogul, and Dwayne Walker believes he deserves a cut for his help in creating […]

A History of Hip-Hop’s Sampling Lawsuits

Following Lord Finesse’s lawsuit against Mac Miller, The Source thought it would be appropriate to highlight the lawsuits that have arisen in hip-hop in the past over sampling and copyright infringements. Mac Miller is not alone in the present nor the past, as many of his contemporaries and predecessors have fought the same battle he […]

The London 2012 Olympics: Rooftop Missiles, Soldiers, Helicopters, and Fighter Jets

7,500 foot soldiers, 13,200 privately hired security guards, fighter jets, a helicopter carrier in the River Thames, and now six batteries of high-velocity missiles stationed around and within the city of London; the system of security in place to protect the athletes, attendees and workers of the 2012 London Olympics is unprecedented. The defense ministry […]

Channel Orange Attains #1 Album on iTunes in First Day

Following Frank Ocean’s early digital release of “Channel Orange” and free stream from his tumblr (, “Channel Orange” has sold enough units to reach #1 in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway. The singer has found an incredible amount of support on social media and from the press following […]

Royalty: The Noble Wordplay, Flow and Style of Childish Gambino

“Royalty” is an hour long climax , introducing itself with the power of Blake Griffin’s voice and driving full throttle until Tina Fey calls it quits. Childish Gambino raps like a superhero, battling bizarre beats with pop culture references, wordplay and tales of his own faults and finances. “Royalty” is a verification of Glover’s intellectual, […]

Curren$y & Harry Fraud – Cigarette Boats EP

  Curren$y links with Harry Fraud for a brand new EP, Cigarette Boats. The project features, Styles P and Smoke DZA and is just 5-tracks deep. Check the tracklist out and download the project below. Advertisement   – Sean Lynch (@Kiddfuture) 01. Curren$y – Leaving The Dock [Prod. By Harry Fraud] (3:03)   02. Curren$y […]

Happy Birthday 50 Cent

Big Happy Birthday to 50 Cent! The Queens rapper kept to his word by releasing his latest LP 5 Murder By Numbers which dropped for free last night at midnight offering his fans a gift kicking off the start of his birthday. If you haven’t listened or downloaded the free LP, you can here. Also, […]

Childish Gambino Drops Artwork For #Royalty

At 3 p.m. today, Childish Gambino tweeted the artwork for his newest mixtape, “#Royality,” slated to release tomorrow, July 4th. Stay tuned for updates and a review of the mixtape as Donald releases his latest tunes on Independence Day.  -Kevin Shea (@kevinnshea)  Advertisement    

Andre 3000 Will Not Play Any Hendrix Music in Jimi Hendrix Biopic

The Jimi Hendrix biopic, “All Is By My Side,” is set to release in early 2013 at Sundance and then in theaters a few months later. Sean McKittrick, the producer speaks highly on the acting abilities of Andre, telling Rolling Stone “Andre has been Jimi for four months now. He speaks and walks like Jimi. […]

Lil Reese Signs to Def Jam and Announces Mixtape Release Date

Def Jam President Joie Manda released a press release yesterday announcing the label’s newest project, Lil Reese. A born and raised Chicago artist, Reese was actually discovered by No I.D., a producer and A&R executive for Def Jam. President Manda referred to Reese as part of the “lifeblood” of Def Jam, explaining how “the freshest […]