In the early days of hip-hop, female rappers were essential to the genre’s biology, unapologetically detailing their experiences of the world they lived in.
With her sex-positive image, unbridled confidence and elite lyricism, Foxy Brown’s ‘Ill Na Na’ became the blueprint for female MCs in hip-hop.
The pre-eminent hip-hop label for the better part of the last three and a half decades, the best Def Jam songs define the evolution of the genre.
On ‘Queen’, crossover artist Nicki Minaj reclaimed the hip-hop crown with her most rap-oriented album yet, and demanded fealty from the newcomers.
The best musical interpretations of the lawless couple, in country, hip-hop and more.
Minaj’s follow-up to 2014’s 'The Pinkprint' boasts a feast of appearances by Eminem, the Weeknd, Future, Foxy Brown, Rae Sremmurd’s Swae Lee and others.
The self-titled fifth album by the Commodores will be released as a vinyl LP and in a special blue vinyl collectors' edition by UMe on 16 June 2017.
Hip-Hop opened a can of concrete honesty and emotional turmoil with gritty soundscapes that at times felt like a Martin Scorcese movie filmed in the ghetto.