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It’s harder than ever to keep up with the relationships between media, money and music.

Between concerts, major labels, independent artists and terrestrial radio, streaming services, artist management and legal, the entertainment business has become a constantly shifting matrix of power. But power, in rap, is different.

In the hip-hop world, what does it mean to have power? Who are the people behind the scenes—as well those in front of the cameras—who have the real ability to make things happen? Who are the artists, booking agents, radio suits, DJs, A&Rs, label execs, and (yes) editors who everyone else can’t say no to?

We spoke with Reggie Osse (AKA Combat Jack), a renowned hip-hop podcast personality (The Combat Jack Show), widely-read blogger (Daily Mathematics), longtime hip-hop attorney and former managing editor of The Source. With Jack’s battle-tested help, we’ve put together a definitive list of The 25 Most Powerful People in Rap.

Check the list HERE.


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A collection of head nodding beats and creatively weaved gems for hip-hop purists to enjoy time and time again. This collection gives the listener a chance to hear the music as straight two-track stereo, direct from the AKAI MPC without each sound having been processed through external mixing.

Volume 1 is produced by the legendary “Funky DL” and features 21 hand picked cuts from his numerous vaults of instrumentals.



Along with confirmation of the hip-hop icon Snoop Dogg aka Snoop Lion, scheduled to perform on Wednesday July 10th at Papaya Club, Fresh Island Festival is proud to present another great headliner for our 2013 edition – A$AP Rocky!

A$AP will perform on Thursday, 11th of July on Fresh stage at Club Aquarius. The number of festival tickets for his show as well as Snoop Dogg’s is limited to only 3000 tickets for the quickest and most loyal fans. Get your tickets NOW!



The first headliner Snoop Dogg has already been announced, and tonight at midnight sharp (C.E.T.) we will be announcing the next BIG name for Fresh Island Festival 2013. To find out who’s it gonna be, hit the official Fresh Island website at midnight.
Click right here to watch the wrap up of the Fresh Island Festival 2012.

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From the vault, Hot 97 releases a A$AP Rocky & A$AP Mob freestyle on Funk Flex Show.



Earlier this year Odd Future general Tyler, The Creator finally announced that his third studio album Wolf was soon to be released, with the news quickly arriving in a rather unconventional format. Along with a wide scale tour and alternate covers for the project, the official tracklist is now available to view in its entirety, with notable features from Frank Ocean, Pharrell, Hodgy Beats, Mike G, Casey Veggies, Domo Genesis, Erykah Badu and other special guests. The album is available to pre-order on iTunes now, ready for it to be released on April 2nd.

Hit continue reading to check the tracklist.

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John Legend drops the first single off his upcoming album Love In The Future called Who Do We Think We Are, featuring Rick Ross.


Durag Dynasty’s debut album 360 Waves hits stores tomorrow, and to celebrate the West Coast trio (Planet Asia, Tristate, and Killer Ben) is releasing the music video for the album’s title track. The video was directed by Nicolas Heller, and features cameos from Action Bronson, Domo Genesis, Evidence, and more. 360 Waves is produced entirely by The Alchemist, and features appearances from Prodigy, Evidence, Chace Infinite, Phil The Agony, and more.


Feat. DJ Phak & Knowledge Beatz.


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