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Ill Communications: The 10 Most Influential White Rappers In Hip Hop History

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When hip hop music emerged from the South Bronx in the late 1970s it was the indisputable voice of the inner-city  African-American and Latino experience. Musically it nodded to the hardest of R&B and funk rhythms and lyrically it reflected the often hardscrabble existence its practitioners and proponents lived. Like other musical forms that deal in real life and death struggles, such as heavy metal and hardcore punk, authenticity was paramount. As its popularity grew however, it escaped the cities narrow streets and the narrow definition of what could be considered authentic hip hop. Though sometimes problematic in a genre so implicitly connected to its original audience and roots, by the mid ’80s hip hop had begun to build a sizable suburban audience and the first white MCs began daring to get on the mic and appear on wax.
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Pet Sounds: 12 Songs Where Animals Take A Verse

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When you listen to music you expect to hear guitars, drums, and maybe even a piano. But who would expect to hear the snort of a pig or the bark of a dog!? Read more…

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Where’s The Beef: Which Music Artists Have Had Controversies With Big Companies?

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If you want to be a big time musician, you’ll naturally have to acquaint yourself with businesspeople. And with all sorts of contracts flying around, not to mention having to being at odds with companies when it comes to promotional philosophies, something’s bound to go haywire. So which music stars have called out some of the biggest companies around?
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Thanksgiving’s 10 Most Thankful Songs

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Thanksgiving is here and you’re no doubt already feeling thankful, for getting the day off from work! Later today you’ll be stuffed to the gills on turkey and mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie and washing it down with spiced wine and spiked eggnog and then the reality will sink in. You’re stuck here. With your family, who you love to death but who drive you crazy with their non-stop questions about whom you’re dating, why you didn’t get that promotion, why do you still live in that crappy neighborhood, when are you going to settle down and have kids and on top of that you’re really, really, really, uncomfortably full. Read more…

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Over It: 20 Artists Who Hate Their Beloved Classic Hit

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Having a hit song has got to be pretty great, right? At least until you have to play this hit song over and over and over -ad nauseam- for the rest of your natural life. We can see how you might get kinda tired of it, and eventually grow to hate the very tune that made you famous. Don’t believe us? Just ask these 20 rock stars!

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Eminem Pays Homage To The Golden Era Of Def Jam In “Berzerk”

The creative partnership between Eminem and Dr. Dre is one of the most successful in the history of hip hop, both artistically and commercially, but considering the latter is busy raking in bazillions of dollars with his line of headphones and not finishing Detox (which is never coming out, btw), we don’t have any beef with Em collaborating with Rick Rubin for his new single, “Berzerk.” Before he became the Zen master of the recording industry, Rubin was, of course, the architect of the trademarked rap-meets-rock Def Jam sound of the ’80s, producing such seminal works as Run-DMC and Aerosmith‘s “Walk This Way” and Licensed To Ill by the Beastie Boys. He and Eminem revisit this golden era on “Berzerk,” for which the Syndrome-directed video also goes decidedly retro.
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