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Happy Birthday to Production Pioneer Marley Marl!

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Born Marlon Williamson this date in 1962 in NYC, the DJ, producer, and record label owner known as Marley Marl is a trailblazer of Hip Hop’s ever-evolving sound, being one of the first to use sampling as a means to gather elements for a song. Visit for more information Starting with his days as […]

Roxanne Shante: ‘Queensbridge Has A Million Dollar View’

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Visit for more information Roxanne Shante knows the glory of being a product of New York City. In a preview of an exclusive interview that is set to drop on March 19, the Hip-Hop icon reflects on what it was like to grow up in the New York City housing projects while detailing the […]

Playbook MG Co-Founder Marie Driven Honored At Bridging The Gap Event


Marie Driven received multiple awards during the Honoring Our Queens segment of the Bridging the Gap series featuring women who have played an integral role in representing their communities through their work. Bishop Lamor M. Whitehead welcomed nominees as the presenter of the From the Streets to the Church themed reception held at Grace Tabernacle […]

Queen Latifah Shuts Down Essence Fest With Ladies First Line-Up

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At Essence Fest 2018, Queen Latifah brings out a star-studded lineup and proves her crown never left. Visit for more information Queen Latifah brought down the house at Essence’s yearly tribute to the power and beauty of Black Women. Celebrating the 20 year anniversary of her Hip-Hop classic Ladies First featuring Monie Love, a star-studded […]

Rap Legend Fly Ty Brings Brooklyn United Marching Band Show To Broadway


While Roxanne Shanté is experiencing a huge rebirth with the release of her Roxanne Roxanne biopic, many are wondering what ever happened to Tyrone “Fly Ty” Williams— producer of the legendary Rap Attack radio show with Mr. Magic and Marley Marl, owner of Cold Chillin’ Records and manager of the Juice Crew. Well, Fly Ty […]

Roxanne Shanté Views Her Breast Cancer Scars As A Mark of Beauty

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After beating breast cancer twice, hip-hop legend Roxanne Shanté doesn’t view the scars from her battle as an imperfection, but rather a mark of beauty. In light of promoting her new Netflix biopic Roxanne Roxanne, Shanté alongside Chanté Adams who stars as her in the film stopped by Sway In The Morning to talk about […]

Watch the First Trailer for ‘Roxanne Roxanne’ Starring Nia Long, Mahershala Ali

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The first official trailer for the highly anticipated Netflix original film, ROXANNE ROXANNE, is out now. Set to air on Netflix March 23, ROXANNE ROXANNE, written and directed by Michael Larnell, and from the producers of “Fruitvale Station” and “Dope,” tells the story of rap pioneer Lolita ‘Roxanne Shanté’ Gooden, best known for her 1984 hit record “Roxanne’s Revenge,” and […]

Roxanne Shantè Performs Live at The Roots Jam Session


Last night in NYC, Roxanne Shante hit the stage with her incredible energy while performing at The Roots Jam Sessions. Roxanne stood in front of a packed house and delivered two of her classic hits, “Roxanne’s Revenge” & “Have a Nice Day” at The Gramercy Theatre accompanied by The Roots! Other performing acts also included […]

Heal The Afro Puffs: The Lady Of Rage Hospitalized

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On Tuesday (Jan. 3), west coast hip-hop legend Yo-Yo broke news to the hip-hop community that her fellow sister in rhyme, The Lady of Rage is currently hospitalized. The Make Way For The Motherlode emcee took to Instagram to share a flick of her hospital visit to Rage, a sentimental one, where Yo-Yo is seen sitting […]

Top 20 Battle Rappers of 2017

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Since the early 2000’s, a whole sub-culture of emceeing has made its way into the hearts of Hip-Hoppers that value raw lyricism over pop rhyming.  People around the world have taken to YouTube with excitement (and before then SMACK DVDs, Lionz Den or MTV2’s Fight Klub), to catch their favorite stars spar in this the underground […]

Is Hip Hop Ready to See More Than One Female MC On Top?

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From our #264 issue Visit for more information Tonight, Church Street Boxing Gym’s ring will serve as the platform for upcoming females to exchange vicious rap verses. Former Bad Boy Records protégée Babs Bunny—along with partners Vague & Debo have created the first female battle league — ‘Queen Of The Ring’. ‘Q.O.T.R.’ has broken […]

Roxanne Shanté Biopic is Coming in 2018


At the tender age of 14, the rapper Roxanne Shanté sparked Hip-Hop’s first major battle on wax… and did it between loads while washing her mother’s laundry. Visit for more information Born Lolita Shanté Gooden and hailing from the Queensbridge projects, rap pioneer Roxanne Shanté is best known for her 1994 hit record “Roxanne’s Revenge,” and […]

Is Ma$e Open to Battling On URLtv?

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Ayo Beasley… holla at Smack and set this jawn up! Visit for more information From Harlem USA to Anytown, East Jablip, the streets are talking about the beef between Ma$e and Cam’ron.   And while we NEVER want anything to trickle over into real rap rumble, we must admit hearing rap battles on “wax” gives […]

Behind The Scenes: Rap Legends Come Out to The Art Of Rap at Kings Theater in Brooklyn

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Photos by Stella Magloire Visit for more information November 4th, Kings Theater hosted the Art of Rap concert showcasing some of Hip-Hops legends. Brooklyn’s own Big Daddy Kane and Strong Island’s god-emcee, Rakim touched the stage and created pure magic. But they weren’t the only show stoppers: Raekwon and Ghostface Killah from The Wu-Tang […]