Picking the Rookie of the Year can sometimes be a daunting task, and require weeks to months of conversation and debate. Back in 2013, the conversation was brief. From the moment his free Acid Rap mixtape-album was so hotly coveted it leaked on the internet prior to its release–have you ever heard of a mixtape […]
At the second annual #Source360, the weekend’s musical festivities were closed out by a rejuvenating performance from Lord Jamar, Grand Puba, Sadat X and the illustrious Brand Nubian, in the BRIC House BAM building in the heart of Brooklyn’s Cultural District. They performed classics like “360 Degrees,” “Don’t Let It Go To Your Head,” and […]
The Black Market is now open. Rick Ross’s eighth album is now officially in stores and available online—much like our 2015 Holiday Issue, which features the “Bawse” himself on the cover. The Source was invited to shoot the MMG head honcho at his mansion in Atlanta. We captured exclusive behind the scenes video with “Renzel,” […]
Ab-Soul, the Black Lip Bastard, in the midst of his These Days… album run, decided to stop by our Midtown offices and chop it up about just where the hell he’d been in the years leading up to the release of his 3rd LP. Soul talked about continuing his highly revered Long Term series, his […]
Ice Cube graced our first cover of 2014 after having a record breaking January, and if history repeats itself, two years later, he could be poised to do it again. His blockbuster comedy, Ride Along, in which he co-stars with Kevin Hart, broke the January weekend box office record upon its release, and if you’ve […]
Machine Gun Kelly is one of the most energized performers in the business, and you can see why. The high-strung Cleveland rapper brought his contagious energy to our offices a few years back in an entertaining episode of Beat The Staff, where he deftly answered questions about Busta Rhymes, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, and declared that he […]
In 2014, DJ Mustard had a monster year. He landed Top 40 hit after Top 40 hit, releasing his debut album on Roc Nation Records, helped propel his labelmates and childhood best friends YG and Ty Dolla $ign to international stardom, and toured the world himself as one of the hottest producers and DJs in […]
Ne-Yo gets down to the nitty gritty when discussing R&B with us back in 2012, as he was prepping one of his most underrated albums, R.E.D., and just how R&B was doing in 2012. In his interview with one of our editors, one of the biggest R&B hitmakers of the 2000’s told us that he […]
“I’m not gon’ half do sh*t!” DMX, as passionate as ever, took the stage at SOBs a few years back in the midst of his comeback and a very exciting time for New York City. When he got off the stage, we talked to him about legacy, what he hopes his will be, and his […]
What’s this, Coke? or Diet Coke? Trying to smoke? Oh I’m a joke? Mac Miller went off the top of the dome during his Source cover shoot at a restaurant in New York City, and you can imagine, nothing but hilarity ensued. Nice tie, Mac. By the way, if you haven’t heard, his current album, […]
Just after apparently being on the phone with Drake for an hour, Wale chatted with The Source during his Comeback Artist of the Year photo shoot about being the “guinea pig” for internet artists, as far as being one of the first to have an actual retail album in stores. It was an awkward time […]
Chances are, you won’t be able to beat Redman at rapping, so our staff members tried to do the next best thing: beat him at a trivia game. Watch the hilarious video as one of the best rappers to ever come out of New York avoids being completely stumped by our random questions about all […]
Sean Don! Before there was Dark Sky Paradise, or even Hall of Fame, Big Sean’s highly anticipated debut Finally Famous was finally getting ready to drop, so he hit the roof of our offices to chop it up with then editor Kaz about what had gone on in the time since he’d been signed to […]
Bridget Kelly is so underrated. Seriously. She made a name for herself on Jay Z’s Blueprint 3 tour, and with a couple of radio bangers of her own, but she’s certainly one of the baddest R&B singers in the game. This video is proof.
Atlanta-based rapper Rome Fortune recently announced his signing to A-Trak‘s Fools Gold Records, alongside the release of his new track “Dance,” produced by Kaytranada. Rome’s debut full length on the label is still in the works, but if this track’s any indication the set is sure to be an interesting, unique release for forward-thinking, genre-bending Hip-Hop. […]
It had been a long time since the world heard from Jeezy—who was Young Jeezy at the time—but TM:103 marked a big return for the Atlanta rapper, who had fought off label politics and internal conflict to motivate the streets one more time as he moved into the veteran stage of his career. While he […]
The recently announced G.O.O.D. Music President hit our Midtown offices back in 2013 to shoot his first ever solo print cover, in commemoration of his solo debut, My Name Is My Name. Just like Pusha’s albums, this was nothing you’d expect, complete with a snake that we managed to drape over the coke rap pioneer’s […]
If there’s a short-list of the funniest guys in Hip-Hop, make sure Curren$y is on it. We brought you the first part of this hilarious episode of Beat The Staff last week, so today indulge in the rest of it in all its hilarity, as Spitta tries to best our writer at answering some of […]
The Source’s Master of Ceremony celebrates one of the great pillars of Hip-Hop: emceeing. Last year, we got together some of the best underground artists in New York City, and let them rip, right in our Midtown offices. Y.C. the Cynic, Dyme-A-Duzin and more. Who had the best verse? You decide.
In this episode of Beat The Staff, Big Sean sat down with our then editor, Kaz, and beat him at his own game! Sean came in reminding everyone that he beat up on us last time, and looked to defend his Beat The Staff crown. Apparently, Sean Don is a bigger basketball fan than most.