Rick Ross' 'God Forgives, I Don't' album to feature Dr. Dre, Andre 3000 + more | Tracklist

We've seen the album cover(s), heard the singles, and today, Rick Ross finally shares the last juicy detail of his highly-anticipated fifth solo album, God Forgives, I Don't, by unveiling the tracklist. Berate the Bawse all you like, but he's simply adding an official liner note to his unprecedented status by landing Jay-Z, Drake, Wale, Meek Mill, Stalley, Usher, Ne-Yo, Omarion and Elijah Blake on his LP, as well as luring both Dr. Dre and Andre 3000 from their dens.Read more


Kendrick Lamar x Dr. Dre - 'The Recipe' (Live at Coachella) [Video]

Though hologram Tupac got all the attention from the Coachella Festival this past April, Compton's two-man past, present and future also rocked the main stage. Kendrick Lamar and Dr. Dre gave the crowd the pleasure of watching them perform their collabo "The Recipe," and now the dynamic duo releases a very well-cut video of the performance to hold us over until the official video drops. Read more


Dr. Dre's Beats Electronics acquires MOG music service | Business

Beats Electronics has acquired online music service MOG, merging the company best known for its high-performance Beats By Dre over-the-ear headphone line with a service offering the free digital streaming of over 16 million songs. Read more


Kendrick Lamar talks 'good kid, m.A.A.d city', working with Dr. Dre + more with Tim Westwood [Video]

After footage of his freestyle on the show surfaced earlier in the week (need I mentioned he killed it?), here we can watch Kendrick Lamar's interview portion during his time with Tim Westwood on BBC Radio 1Xtra. In a good-natured chat, K. Dot spoke further on his hugely-anticipated debut album, good kid, m.A.A.d city (which he confirmed drops on October 2nd), naming a few of the tracks' titles - "Dying of Thirst" and "Cherane" - and revealing he recorded approximately 40 records in total for the LP, with around 13 of those making the final tracklist.Read more


Kendrick Lamar - "Cartoon & Cereal" (live at The Electric Ballroom, London) | SoulCulture TV


On Tuesday the 26th of June 2012, what started off as a 15 minute interview slot turned into one of the highlights of 2012 for us over here at SoulCulture HQ (or maybe it was just me, I'll ask the rest of the team later), as we were invited to document my current favourite rapper, the Compton California hailing hip hop king in the making Kendrick Lamar's final show on his sold-out two day stint at The Electric Ballroom in London's Camden Town.Read more


2Pac f/ Dr. Dre - 'California Love' (Psymbionic Remix) | New Music

I'm not usually big on remixes of classic hip-hop anthems (they suffice just fine as they are), but this one makes for an interesting listen, at the least. In celebration of iconic rapper 2Pac's birthday yesterday, Psymbionic gave the timeless All Eyez On Me hit "California Love" a brand new sound; one that swings a giant pendulum between dubstep, glitch hop and whatever sub-genre lies either side of the two.Read more


'Yo: The Story of Yo! MTV Raps' | TV Catch-Up

Last night, VH1 premiered Yo: The Story of Yo! MTV Raps, a collection of tales from behind the scenes of MTV's seven-year Hip-Hop showcase, continuing the network's longstanding tradition of stellar documentary production. Read more


Twista - 'The Recipe (Remix)' | New Music

Legendary MC Twista add his own sixteen to Kendrick Lamar and Dr. Dre's "The Recipe." Even after 20 years, this guy's words per minute count hasn't dropped a bit. Read more


Kendrick Lamar talks 'The Recipe' video, says he's bringing 'L.A. love' back [Video]

His homeboy ScHoolboy Q tweeted some pictures from the sunshine-drenched, lady-laden set about a week ago, now Black Hippy frontman Kendrick Lamar sits down with XXL to discuss the video for his Dr. Dre collaboration "The Recipe." Read more


Kendrick Lamar discusses J.Cole LP, working with Dr. Dre + more [Video]

In his second interview in recent weeks with Wild 94.9′s Nessa (watch the first one here), Kendrick Lamar sits down to discuss his collaborative LP with J.Cole, revealing that the pair knocked out "about four records" while in the lab together in North Carolina, discussing the pressures of working with Dr. Dre, detailing his most exciting collaborations (Erykah Badu, Bilal and D'Angelo among those) and more.Read more


Snapshots: Kendrick Lamar x Dr. Dre's 'The Recipe' video shoot

ScHoolboy Q played photographer and crept a few flicks from the set of his Black Hippy brother Kendrick Lamar's video for "The Recipe," the first single from K-Dot's upcoming debut album. We even get a peek at Dr. Dre, who rides shotgun on this tribute to the Sunshine State. Read more


XV transforms Kendrick Lamar's "The Recipe" into "Stone Cold (3:16)" | New Music

Wichita, Kansas native XV is one of hip-hop's best-kept secrets. It probably doesn't help that he lacks an official studio album (The Kid With The Green Backpack is still pending), but continuously spreading his carefree charm through free releases online, Vizzy remains a relevant force on the blogs. With his latest offering to the blogosphere, XV lyrically tangles with Kendrick Lamar and Dr. Dre's "The Recipe" and transforms the West Coast Summer jam to an anthem dedicated to his his home state, the 316.Read more


Swizz Beatz talks Reebok, 'Detox,' DMX and more w/ Bootleg Kev [Video]

Swizz Beatz was out in Las Vegas this past weekend, and during his trip he stopped and visited Hot 97.5's R.E.D.Y. Set Radio show and host Bootleg Kev. Swizz spoke on multiple topics such as his partnership with Reebok and how he's bringing the brand back, working with Dr. Dre on Detox, the difference between beat-makers and producers, his future plans with DMX, his wife Alicia Keys, and more.

Swizz also spoke on MMG's Meek Mill, calling him the closest thing to DMX since 50 Cent, and says that he might be collaborating with the Philly MC soon. Check out the two-part interview below. Read more


Tito Lopez freestyles over Kendrick Lamar's "The Recipe" + Biggie's "Hypnotize" [Video]

Up-and-coming rapper from Mississippi Tito Lopez was on Left Coast turf recently and dropped a pair of dope freestyles over Kendrick Lamar's "The Recipe" and The Notorious B.I.G.'s "Hypnotize" respectively during his time with the L.A. Leakers.Read more


DMX f/ Snoop Dogg - 'Shit Don't Change' | New Music

As the world waits these final few hours before his free EP The Weigh In drops, DMX leaks "Shit Don't Change," his collaboration with West Coast O.G. and canine compadre Snoop Dogg. Read more


Uprising: Hip Hop & The LA Riots (Narrated by Snoop Dogg, Dir. Mark Ford) | Documentary Review



Sometimes the hardest thing to do when you look back at a unique situation is to assess its true impact. It is possible to mould the evidence to fit in with whatever narrative you ultimately choose.

Such is the case with the L.A. Riots of 1992: you either believe it was a turning point in the ever-evolving civil rights movement or merely a dark spot in American history where the opportunistic underclass exercised some "aggressive shopping." You can argue either way because you can cherry pick flash points to illuminate your point. The truth is, to view it either way would be simplistic at best because it indeed had elements of both.

Conservative radio host and right-wing firebrand Rush Limbaugh bluntly said that "the Los Angeles riots were not caused by the Rodney King verdict. The Los Angeles riots were caused by rioters," thereby removing any possible justification for the senseless acts. While many called the riots a means of "fighting back" against an oppressive system, how much was motivated by the actual Rodney King verdict? How much was motivated by chaos and opportunism? How much has changed since?

There are mixed answers to these questions, and Mark Ford’s incendiary new VHI documentary film Uprising: Hip-Hop and the LA riots merely flirts with them. Read more