New Music: Ludacris - 'Charge It To The Rap Game' [AUDIO]


Ludacris Charge It to the Rap Game


The rap game is out of control. For Ludacris, the industry is like a crap game -- you win some and you lose some. On his new single, “Charge It to the Rap Game,” the Atlanta rhymer details some of the outlandish shit that has happened to him during his 15-year career.

"Everyone out for money / Executives out for blood / If you don't keep the music current then labels will pull the plug, get it?" he raps. "Hard to admit when shit don't go the way you planned / While everybody is on Instagram just frontin' like life is grand."

Producer !llmind provides the fluttering computer beat and hand claps that will make your head nod. Overall, this is a dope song.

"Charge It to the Rap Game" will appear on Ludacris' upcoming album Ludaversal, which hits stores on March 31.

Listen to the track below.

New Music: Apollo The Great - "Banner Day"

Apollo the Great Banner Day

Apollo The Great -- Banner Day"

Up-and-coming rapper Apollo the Great, who is from my neck of woods of Camden, N.J., drops this head-nodding banger called "Banner Day." The Shugawater-produced track find the rapper vividly describing the crime-riddled streets of Camden, N.J.

"I'm from where niggas get murked outside of the club I'm performing in / Every other day the task is swarming in / Chink food orderin' / Another homie dead and gone again," he raps.

And yes, Camden is laying off its entire police department, so the county government can replace it with a bigger and cheaper police force. It goes into effect April 30, 2013.

Props to Apollo for flipping Drake's infectious "Started From the Bottom" hook, broken english and all. It goes:

"Y'all ain't from the bottom but we is / Y'all ain't from the bottom but my whole team really is / Rapping about some shit you never did / We rap about the shit we really live, what it is nigga."

We also have to give an R.I.P. salute to the late singer Melvin Bliss for which "Banner Year" utilizes the beat from his classic song, "Synthetic Substitution."

Remembering Notorious B.I.G. - 16 Years Later


Notorious B.I.G.
Art: New Yorker Magazine


It's been sixteen years since we lost the great one -- Notorious B.I.G.

You know how the story goes -- On March 9, 1997, the late Brooklyn rhyme-spitter was shot and killed in Los Angeles by an unknown gunman. The murder still remains unsolved despite various people popping up with their own conspiracy theories of who committed the dastardly act.

In conclusion, Los Angeles police detective Greg Kading -- who was assigned to investigate B.I.G.’s murder case between 2006 and 2009 -- told Complex magazine that the Biggie murder case may never get solved.

Although Biggie is gone, his musical legacy continues to be remembered by fellow hip-hoppers and fans alike. They are a slew of B.I.G. tributes on the Internet, here are just a few that may interest you:

Check out Beats and Rants's Notorious B.I.G. Big-Ups Tribute in 2012.

DJ Rhude Presents “The Notorious 9"

DJ Rude always wondered what if Biggie would sound like it he rapped on today's producers' hot beats. That experiment comes to fruition on his Notorious 9 EP. The collection features the late Frank White spitting bars over popular beats by hit-makers No I.D., Large Professor, Harry Fraud, the Alchemist, Jahlil Beats and a few others.

Watch: The Notorious B.I.G. & Puff Daddy live in London in March 1995. (Courtesy of Tim Westwood)

Notorious B.I.G. and His Coogi Fashion History

Obie Trice -- "Pocket Full" (Notorious B.I.G. Tribute)

Watch Bone, Thugs-N-Harmony Pay Tribute to Easy E, Biggie and Tupac Shakur

Rest in peace, Biggie. You are forever beloved.

New Music: Raheem DeVaughn -- "Unchained (Django's Revenge)"

Raheem DeVaughn

Inspired by Quentin Tarantino's western/slavery flick Django Unchained, Raheem DeVaughn recorded this head-nodding anthem "Unchained (Django's Revenge)." Although it doesn't appear on the movie's accompanying soundtrack, it needs to be. It's fits perfectly with Jamie Foxx's steely character in the movie. The "R" is not silent on this soulful gem. This is some dope shit.

Oh, and you might be familiar with the beat -- it's EPMD's 1988 classic song "Strictly Business."

Take a listen:

Hip-Hop Impresario Chris Lighty Dead at Age 44

In Memoriam: Chris Lighty (1968-2012)

Can we please have several moments of silence for Chris Lighty, a visionary manager of hip-hop stars, who passed away on Thursday (Aug. 30) at age 44.

According to the New York Daily News, the Hip-Hop mogul was found dead at his Bronx apartment from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Authorities did recover a black semi-automatic pistol at the scene. Sources in law enforcement also told the newspaper that Lighty was going through some personal and financial struggles, including owing the IRS $5 million in unpaid taxes.

Mr. Lighty (aka "Baby Chris") started his career in the late 1980s working at Russell Simmons' RUSH Management firm and learning the ropes of the music business under the tutelage of Lyor Cohen at Def Jam Recordings. He later founded Violator Entertainment, which managed a roster of hip-hop's biggest rap superstars including 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes, Q-Tip, Fat Joe, Ja Rule, Jungle Brothers, LL Cool J and many others. He was instrumental in introducing corporate America to hip-hop and helped rap artists with branding themselves to fashion labels and sneaker companies during the late 1990s and early 2000s.

It was Lighty who convinced Gap to have LL Cool J promote its apparel and he secured endorsement deals for Busta Rhymes (with Mountain Dew) and A Tribe Called Quest (with Sprite's "Obey Your Thirst" campaign). Lighty also brokered an investment deal between 50 Cent and Glaceau (makers of Vitamin water) in 2004. Two years later, Coca-Cola buys out Glaceau for $1.2 billion and Fiddy pockets an estimated $60-100 million.

"I am deeply saddened by the loss of a hip-hop hero," said Russell Simmons in a statement. "Chris Lighty has been a dear friend of mine since he was a kid. Was a brilliant partner in business and I was so proud of all that he had accomplished. He is an amazing example of how a passionate kid from the street can go to the most even-keeled, smart, thoughtful manager in the business and a generous philanthropist. He was loved by everyone who knew him, including me. He will be missed greatly by all of us."

Moments after hearing the devastating news, the hip-hop community took to Twitter to share their condolences.

Rest in Power, Chris Lighty. You were a visionary in the rap game and your impact will be forever felt in hip-hop. Thank you. Heartfelt condolences to the Lighty Family.