February 26th – Toronto MC K’naan releases his sophomore album “Troubadour” on A&M Records on this day in 2009. “Troubadour” spawned the hit singles “I Come Prepared” (Featuring Damian Marley), “ABC’s” (Featuring Chubb Rock) and “If Rap Gets Jealous” (Featuring Kirk Hammett of Metallica). Other guests on the Somalian born rapper’s second set included Mos […]

February 23rd – Naughty By Nature released their third album, the platinum selling “19 Naughty III” on Tommy Boy Records, on this day in 1993. The album spawned the hits “Written On Ya Kitten”, “It’s On” and the classic anthem “Hip-Hop Hooray”, whose video was directed by Spike Lee. The classic set also featured guest […]

February 22nd – TRU released their sixth and final album “The Truth” on No Limit Records, on this day in 2005. TRU an acronym for The Real Untouchables was a Big Easy hip-hop super-group whose original line-up included No Limit founder Master P, his brothers C-Murder and Silkk The Shocker, Big Ed, Cali G, King […]

February 19th – Producer as well as Fat Boys leader Prince Markie Dee was born Mark Anthony Morales in Brooklyn, New York on this day in 1968. Prince Markie Dee recorded seven albums with The Fat Boys from 1984 to 1991. The Fat Boys whose two other members were Kool Rock Ski and the late […]

February 16 – Ice-T was born Tracy Marrow in Newark, New Jersey, on this day in 1958. After the tragic early passing of both his parents just four years apart, Ice-T moved from the affluent neighborhood of Summit, New Jersey to the equally affluent Los Angeles, California area of View Park to live with his […]

February 15th – Big L was shot to death in Harlem, New York, on this day in 1999. Big L, who was born Lamont Coleman in Harlem, began to freestyle at age 12 and soon formed a group called Three The Hard Way. After members of the group went their separate ways, he formed another […]

In an interview with Huffington Post, Johnson discussed what he’s done to leave a legacy of service to Black America from his Magic Johnson Foundation, but now he wants to turn his efforts towards HIV/AIDS prevention, and he cites homophobia as a big issue when it comes to the black community and AIDS. There’s only […]

Young Money’s Drake, Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne all had big hits this year, but did one of them have the top hip-hop song of 2011? Take a look at the biggest songs of the year starring rappers, based on radio airplay data provided by Mediabase. Check out the list of the top 10 hip-hop […]

SHOWTIME SAYS… Here is the video footage from the Love and Hip Hop party that I hosted with Yandy and Kimbella from VH1 at Club Bodi in downtown Raleigh.

While many rappers preferred to talk about gang banging, drug dealing and cop killings, some took a high road to expose the world to the ghettos of America. These rappers probably figured crime doesn’t pay early on, and chose to create lyrical content that encouraged fans in a positive way. Here’s Hip-Hop’s top five songs […]

Mos Def — multitalented rapper/singer/actor — has always looked for new challenges as a performer. Now he’s readying his next project — two concerts with this weekend with the acclaimed Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra. And TheUrbanDaily was there to see it. Peep the exclusive video below of his rehearsal of the song “Revelations,” arranged for the […]

Hip-hop veteran Ice-T created quite a stir on Sunday after making statements about the self-proclaimed rap “boss” Rick Ross. In an interview Ice-T gave prior to the premiere of VH1’s”Planet Rock: The Story of Hip Hop and the Crack Generation,” he says Rick Ross (and many other rappers) are having an identity crisis. “He thinks he’s […]