By Rito P. Asilo
Jay-Z’s latest release, “Magna Carta…Holy Grail,” doesn’t quite live up to the magnitude suggested by its ambitious title. But, the rap luminary’s 12th solo effort since 1996’s “Reasonable Doubt” has enough clever wordplay, irresistible riffs and thought-provoking themes to keep his followers giddy with head-bobbing glee.
The teenage daughters of rappers Lil Wayne and Birdman are in New Orleans with their dads this weekend, but it’s the girls who are greeting fans and signing autographs at the Essence Festival.
By Chuck Smith
Most stars who belong to show biz families try to play down blood ties to avoid comparison with more famous relatives. Not Elmo Magalona. The 19-year-old singer-rapper does not shy away from projects that are sure to evoke memories of his father, the late rapper Francis Magalona. Elmo’s latest musical endeavor—a revival of [...]
Chris Kelly, half of the 1990s kid rap duo Kris Kross who made one of the decade’s most memorable songs with the frenetic “Jump,” died at an Atlanta hospital on Wednesday of an apparent drug overdose at his home, authorities said. He was 34.
Psy hailed his ascent to “Billion Style” Saturday, after the South Korean rapper’s viral hit became the first video to break a billion views on YouTube, marking a historic milestone on the Internet.
By Pocholo Concepcion
The local hip-hop scene is bigger than passive observers may think; there are rappers out there who deserve big breaks. If Gloc-9 is Filipino rap’s hottest star, this one is on his way to fame. His name is Loonie, and he was first noticed as a member of Stick Figgas, a group that finished second in the talent search “Rappublic of the Philippines” on the noontime TV show “Eat Bulaga” in 2002.
By Bayani San Diego Jr.
Colorful rap artist Nicki Minaj is a certified “crackberry,” like many other world-famous celebrities.