Jada Pinkett Smith x Sway In The Morning: Talks Drug-Dealing Past, 2Pac, Forthcoming Book, "Girl's Trip" Movie, Her Kids, Will Smith, Queen Latifah

Video After The Jump Jada Pinkett Smith was a recent guest on Sway In The Morning to talk about her new film “Girl’s Trip,” friendship with Queen Latifah, JAY-Z, her kids, ‘4:44,’ her husband Will Smith’s career, friendship with 2Pac, being a former drug dealer, upcoming book. Follow Me

Who Defaced Prodigy’s Mural?

Photo: Johnny Nunez/Wire Last month’s death the legendary Mobb Deep’s Prodigy was met with tremendous sorrow from hip-hop artists and listeners alike, who mourned, remembered, and celebrated the artist for his lyrical excellence and his contributions to the evolution hip-hop culture. As Prodigy was quick to note while he was …

The Evolution Of 50 Cent | Rewind

50 Cent has been a huge presence in hip-hop for years. The Jamaica, Queens native first burst onto the scene in the late ‘90s after learning the ropes from the legendary Jam Master Jay. Soon after, he was dropping acclaimed mixtapes like ‘50 Cent is the Future‘ and ‘No Mercy, …

Jack Antonoff on How to Write a Perfect Pop Song

Bleachers’ Jack Antonf. Photo: Erika Goldring/Wire When I was first presented with the idea for this story — where I would explain how to write a perfect pop song — I told my manager, ‘It’s a cool idea, but it doesn’t make any sense. There’s no one way to do …

The Best Music Videos of 2017 (So Far)

Photo: YouTube This week, Vulture is looking back at the best releases so far in 2017. 2017 has been a sparse year for quality music videos. The medium’s still operating at top speed: DJ Khaled released three videos just this week, and the threat a star-studded Jay-Z visual album looms …

Nicki Minaj Receives the Key to Queens

Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty s It’s no Best Female Hip-Hop Artist award, but one could argue it’s even better. Queens Borough President Melinda Katz would probably make that argument, for example, since it was she who gifted Nicki Minaj with a Key to the City. Minaj, who grew up in South …

A Poem for Prodigy

A Poem for Prodigy Respect and sleep in peace – young king Prodigy Your name and legacy will be forever be cemented as Hip Hop Royalty Shouts to your Uncle Everett from 1-6-7 and 116th Ave In 1977 and 78 and all the fun we’d have Jamming in 140 Park …

The Life and Death of Mobb Deep’s Prodigy

Photo: Bryan Bedder/Getty s Ayo, the hood broke my heart into pieces / Dunn, the streets took my dreams and shattered them and turned me into a preacher I believe that rappers know something the rest us don’t. They think and work too quickly. They rise and fall too sharply. …