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25 Best Albums Of 2015

12/19/2015 3:00pm EST
25 Best Albums Of 2015 Hand Picked By Our Music Critic
It’s that time once again – time to assemble the list of the best albums of the year! 2015 featured some magnificent albums as well as some not-so-great ones, but isn’t the same thing uttered each and every year. Shocking to no one, the list is top-heavy. Still, even the albums filling out the bottom are worthwhile additions to the album collection as well! Here are the 25 best albums of 2015.

1) Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp A Butterfly (Interscope)

West Coast rapper Kendrick Lamar’s sophomore album was the top pick for best album in our mid-year 25 Best Albums of 2015 (So Far) list, and not...

These Battle Songs Will Help You Persevere

10/4/2015 1:00pm EDT
12 Songs That Will Have You Ready For Battle
Ladies and gentlemen, get prepared to put on your armor – we’re going to battle! No, not really, but the songs featured in this article all center around battles, with some expanding to full out war. These battle songs all have a common thread – resolve – the willingness to persevere even if there are “scars” when it’s all said and done. Enjoy these 12, mostly uplifting battle songs! “Fight” songs weren’t included; only battle and war songs.

1) Bullet For My Valentine, “You Want a Battle? (Here’s a War)” (Venom, 2015)

“I will not take this anymore / these words will never be ignore...

2015's Most Underrated Songs

6/28/2015 3:00pm EDT
25 Most Underrated Songs Of 2015 (So Far)
Not every record ends up being a hit. In fact if you think about it, only a select few songs end up with the distinction of hit status. The songs featured on this list are terrific, but none of them have been profound in the commercial department. Arguably, the best way to describe these songs are ‘underrated’ – they are the ‘unsung heroes’ of the year as well as their artist’s respective album. All deserve the same respect if not more than the hits, but they can always bask in their critical acclaim. These are the most underrated songs of 2015…so far.

The underrated songs chosen are ...

Fall Out Boy Leads Albums To Check Out

1/20/2015 8:15am EST
Fall Out Boy Leads Albums To Check Out: This Week in Music
The first week in January was so-so as far as album releases. The second week was enthralling thanks to sensational efforts courtesy of Meghan Trainor, Jazmine Sullivan, and Mark Ronson. Now the third week in January has some more captivating efforts to partake of. None may be bigger than the new Fall Out Boy album. Still, there are six others worth checking out as well.

1) Fall Out Boy, American Beauty / American Psycho (Island)

Fall Out Boy return with the highly anticipated follow up to their 2013 album, Save Rock and Roll. Save Rock and Roll gave Fall Out Boy their second nu...

Lupe Fiasco Walks Off Stage After Tomato Throwing Incident

11/26/2013 11:28am EST
Lupe Fiasco
On Saturday, Lupe Fiasco stormed off stage during a show in Utah after a member of the audience threw a tomato at the rapper.

The 31 year-old singer was performing at Salt Lake City's The Depot venue, however cut the concert short after a fan in the balcony area threw the "deadly missile" at the stage.

In a clip of the incident posted on, the rapper can be heard responding to the suspected offender, saying, "I'm gonna finish the show, but if there' more people like that I need them the f**k out of here."

He then adds, "I know what she looks like, fat, white b***h. Find her...

We'll Have Fun Fun Fun Til Lupe Fiasco Walks Off The Stage

11/12/2013 10:41pm EST
If you have ever been to the city of Austin, Texas, you know that it is the self-proclaimed “Live Music Capital of the World” but it can also be a bit weird. Last weekend was the 8th Annual ‘Fun Fun Fun Fest’ at Auditorium Shores in downtown Austin and although we enjoyed one of the best festivals we have attended this year, we also understand why the city tells you to ‘Keep Austin Weird.’ Here are the Top Ten reasons why the ‘Fun Fun Fun Fest’ rocked Austin this weekend:

1.) Next to the Black Stage and adjacent to the on premise skate park was a wrestling rink. We watched a skinny, tattoo...

Review: MMG 'Self Made, Vol. 3': As Money Pours In, Originality Drops A Smidgen

9/24/2013 6:20pm EDT
Let’s just cut to the chase… this is the third Maybach Music Group compilation.  That’s a statement in itself.  While the saying is that “third time’s charm”, this particular installment actually seems to be less enthralling than the previous installment. Sure, there is plenty of gangsta to respire here, but this time there is a lack of that surefire juggernaut like “Power Circle” or the coolest funeral arrangement tune “Bury Me A G”.  Maybe Rick Ross spent a little too much time counting his bread, but this feels much more like a compilation.  Oh well.

Self Made 3 opens with “Lil Snupe In...

Lupe Fiasco Accused Of Hiding $9 Million For Drug Kingpin

9/3/2013 11:46am EDT
Lupe Fiasco
Lupe Fiasco has been hit with a lawsuit accusing him of hiding millions of dollars for a drug kingpin to stop the criminal's estranged wife from claiming it.

The 31 year-old rapper, real name Wasalu Muhammad Jaco, is being sued by criminal Charles Patton's former partner Inita, who alleges he helped to move more than $9 million into various bank accounts during their divorce.

She claims the rapper's involvement prevented her from accessing the cash, but his lawyers tell the allegations are baseless and will be proved false at trial.

Fiasco's lawyer said that her claims are "ba...

Lupe Fiasco Urges Fans To Support Anti-Violence Crusade

4/1/2013 4:33pm EDT
Lupe Fiasco
Rapper Lupe Fiasco is urging fans to wear orange on Monday to back a new youth campaign aimed at raising awareness about the need to end gun violence in his native Chicago, Illinois.

The Superstar hit-maker has joined forces with local teens via his Lupe Fiasco Foundation to launch Project Orange Tree in a bid to educate kids about violence and how to prevent the rising levels of weapons crimes in the city.

The group's mission statement reads: "The color orange is used because hunters wear the color to warn other hunters not to shoot. We took that same concept and applied it to the viol...

Lupe Fiasco Reportedly Kicked Offstage At Inauguration Concert

1/21/2013 10:32am EST
Lupe Fiasco
Lupe Fiasco was escorted off the stage at a concert held in honor of Barack Obama's inauguration on Sunday after launching into an angry rant about the President.

The hip-hop star was booked to headline the Start Up Rock On concert in Washington, D.C. to mark Obama's re-election, but he used his set to voice his frustration with the current administration.

Fans at The Hamilton venue were stunned as Fiasco performed an anti-Obama song for 30 minutes, and reportedly refused to move on to another track.

Josh Rogin, a reporter for news website The Cable, took to to describe th...

Lupe Fiasco Quits Twitter & Cancels Album Plans

1/19/2013 2:00pm EST
Lupe Fiasco
Rapper Lupe Fiasco has quit Twitter after abandoning plans to release a sequel to last year's "Food & Liquor Ii: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1."
The hitmaker, real name Wasalu Muhammad Jaco, had been working on the second part of the project in recent months, but it appears the album is no longer on his 'to do' list.
A message posted on his Twitter page on Thursday read: "Hello. A decision has been made that the project titled 'F&L2 Part 2' will be summarily cancelled for public release in 2013..."
A subsequent tweet claimed Fiasco would be releasing some new music later this yea...

Lupe Fiasco Believes He Was Visited By Aliens

10/18/2012 9:53am EDT
Lupe Fiasco
Lupe Fiasco is convinced he had an out-of-this-world experience when he was a kid. The rapper claims he was visited by aliens who landed their spaceship outside his Chicago, Illinois, home and he has a scar to prove it.

During an recent interview on radio station Power 106 FM, he said, "When I was 11, I definitely had an extra-worldly experience. (But) I remember waking up and just being shocked, like I was surrounded by all this electricity. I was trying to call and wake my cousin up and roll out the bed and I couldn't move.

"And then I was surrounded by this blue electricity... I'm tryi...

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Reuniting To Headline Rock The Bells Festival

5/16/2012 3:46pm EDT
Bone Thugs N Harmony
Rappers Bone Thugs-N-Harmony are putting their differences aside to reunite and belatedly mark their 20th anniversary at the Rock the Bells festival series this summer.

The Tha Crossroads hit-makers formed in 1991 as a five-piece, but the veteran rappers were reduced to a trio early last year when both Wish Bone and Krayzie Bone walked out of the group to pursue solo endeavors.

Now Krayzie Bone, Wish Bone, Layzie Bone, Bizzy Bone and Flesh-n-Bone are planning to celebrate their career longevity by coming together to headline the 2012 Rock the Bells hip-hop concerts. They will perform t...

Lupe Fiasco Talks Powerful Lyrics & More (Video)

1/6/2012 3:28pm EST
Lupe Fiasco proves to be one of the sickest rappers in the game right now by accumilating over twentynine award nominations throughout his career. But what's even more impressive is that the 29-year-old stays away from stereotypical lyrics involving parties, money and ho's and gained all his success by focusing on the real problems of the world.

In 2011, Fiasco released one of the most listened to singles of the year featuring Skyler Grey titled, "Words I Never Said," which opened audience's eyes to conspiracies, poverty, corrupt governments and crooked banking systems.

Watch Lupe Fiasco ...

Cruise & Kidman's Son To DJ Hollywood New Year's Eve Bash

12/31/2011 10:36am EST
Connor Cruise
Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman's teenage son Connor has landed a big New Year's Eve gig - he'll help ring in 2012 as the official DJ at Hollywood's The Big Bang party.

The 16 year old, who performs as DJ C-Squared, will hit the turntables at the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf-sponsored bash at the Hollywood and Highland shopping mall.

He'll warm the VIP crowd up for sets by Lupe Fiasco and Cobra Starship.

Kanye West, Adele, Foo Fighters And Bruno Mars Dominate 54th Annual Grammy Awards Nominations

12/1/2011 8:24am EST
2012 Grammy Nominations
Kanye West, Adele, Foo Fighters and Bruno Mars will be the ones to watch at the 54th annual Grammy Awards after each landing a slew of top nominations.

The Stronger rapper leads the way with seven nods - his star-studded collaboration All of the Lights is up for Song of the Year and Best Rap Song, while he also earns a nod in the latter category for his Jay-Z duet Otis. The hip-hop stars' Watch The Throne album will also go head-to-head with West's solo disc, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy for Best Rap Album.

Adele is in the running for six honors and her critically-acclaimed project...

T.I. Makes His Return At BET Hip-Hop Awards

10/2/2011 5:00pm EDT
Newly-freed rapper T.I. made his post-prison return to the stage at the BET Hip-Hop awards on Saturday night.

The hip-hop star was recently released from jail to a halfway house after serving a 10-month sentence for a probation violation, and was made a free man on Thursday.

T.I. made his return to the spotlight official by making a surprise appearance at the glitzy prizegiving in Atlanta, Georgia, taking to the stage with Young Jeezy, who opened the show.

The star then performed solo, while later in the ceremony, DMX, who was freed from prison in July, also made his return by performing...

Ice-T Slams Modern Hip-Hop Music

9/19/2011 1:27pm EDT
Veteran rapper Ice-T is disappointed by the quality of modern hip-hop music and fears younger charts stars are just writing songs about "jewelry and cars."

The rapper/actor, who began his music career in the 1980s, is adamant the next generation of hip-hop wannabes should go back to their roots and rap about issues that matter, rather than focusing on trivia in their lyrics.

He tells Vibe magazine, "I want to see some little motherf**kers get together like a Public Enemy and give these fools a wake up call like, "F**k this jewelry and cars bulls**t,' and bring it back to Armageddon! Do...

Lupe Fiasco Relinquishes His Twitter Account

7/13/2011 4:25pm EDT
Lupe Fiasco
Rapper Lupe Fiasco has quit and handed over control of his blog to a little-known singer/songwriter pal.

The Superstar hit-maker announced he was turning his back on the social networking website on Wednesday.

He tweeted, "i'm quitting twitter. it was fun while it lasted... thanks for the support on (his album) #lasers and i will see you all on the road soon..."

However, Fiasco has opted not to shut down the blog for good - he's allowing his former collaborator, up-and-coming artist Nikki Jean, to take over the page and post messages to more than 722,000 followers.

In hi...

Lupe Fisaco Defends Obama Terrorist Remarks

6/22/2011 9:08am EDT
Lupe Fiasco
Hip-hop star Lupe Fiasco has defended his controversial remarks aimed at President Barack Obama in a heated TV interview with top political pundit Bill O'Reilly.

The rapper hit the headlines last week when he labeled Obama the "biggest terrorist" in America during a chat about the lyrics to his song "Words I Never Said."

The hitmaker, who hails from the President's adopted hometown of Chicago, Illinois, openly revealed his dissatisfaction with Obama's foreign policy stance, stating, "To me, the biggest terrorist is Obama in the United States of America... The root cause of terrorists is t...

Lupe Fiasco Calls President Obama The 'Biggest Terrorist In The United States'

6/9/2011 8:21am EDT
Lupe Fiasco
Hip-hop star Lupe Fiasco has sparked a controversy by blasting U.S. President Barack Obama and labeling him the "biggest terrorist" in America.

The Superstar hit-maker, who hails from Obama's adopted home town of Chicago, Illinois, openly revealed his dissatisfaction with his President's foreign policy stance, which is sure to anger fans.

During an appearance on web show What's Trending with Shira Laza, he says, "To me the biggest terrorist is Obama in the United States of America... The root cause of terrorists is the stuff the U.S. government allows to happen. The foreign policies tha...

Ryan Seacrest Announces 'Wango Tango' Lineup With Special Guest Britney Spears

3/29/2011 10:20am EDT
Wango Tango 2011 Lineup
It’s that time of year again! Los Angeles' 102.7 KIIS FM’s annual summer kick-off bash, Wango Tango, is coming up and we’re bringing you an exclusive look at the lineup! Check it out!

Performances will include: Ke$ha, Pitbull ft. Jennifer Lopez, Selena Gomez, Lupe Fiasco, T-Pain, Jason Derulo, Far East Movement, New Boyz, Cody Simpson and Cobra Starship; hosted by Ryan Seacrest with special guest… Britney Spears! She’s back b*tches!

Tickets go on sale April 2nd but you can get yours early by signing up to be a KIIS VIP member for free at! The concert will be held at the STA...

Kanye West And Jay-Z Collaboration Halts Child Rebel Soldier Project

1/15/2011 4:00pm EST
Kanye West
Rapper Lupe Fiasco's planned group collaboration with Kanye West and Pharrell Williams has been put on hold as a result of the Stronger hitmaker's joint album with Jay-Z.

West has been working on a new EP with the Empire State of Mind mogul called Watch The Throne, and the pair's first single, H.A.M., premiered online earlier this week.

But the highly-anticipated project has forced West to scale back his work with the supergroup he formed with Fiasco and Williams, Child Rebel Soldiers (CRS) - and now Fiasco fears they will never find the time to record together.

He says, "I think the ...

Hopes For 2010

1/5/2010 12:00pm EST
Hopes for 2010
It's a new year, and it's time to dump the Top Ten lists and look forward to the things we hope to see in the near future. What do we want to see more of? What do we want to see end? Who do we want to see naked? The questions are endless, so here goes:

I hope Megan Fox reconsiders her "no nudity on camera" stance. Halle Berry showed frontal in Swordfish, then did an explicit sex scene in Monster's Ball, and then she got an Oscar. Just saying.

I hope Lost doesn't fall into its disturbingly common habit of making absolutely no sense for episodes at a time. I also hope the finale is rev...

2009 Grammy Award Predictions

1/30/2009 12:05pm EST
My Morning Jacket
What can I say? I'm a sucker for the Grammys and the Oscars, and after a few years of real yawners, the Grammys in particular are back with a vengeance! The performances lineup is Coachella-esque impressive, with U2 and Coldplay joining the likes of Jonas Brothers, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Lil Wayne(!), Paul McCartney(!!) and Radiohead(!!!). But just as important as the performers are the award winners, and if you're in an office pool somewhere or on your way to Vegas and need a little help predicting the winners, you've come to the right place! (Well actually, if you're on your way to Vegas you ...

Hottest Rock Stars in Eyeglasses

8/18/2008 9:04am EDT
Lisa Loeb
When you think rock star, usually you think long hair, tight clothes, and a good mix of sex drugs and noise. And while this is a pretty accurate representation of most rock stars, there are a few that go against the grain and rock on with literature, anime, and most importantly glasses. Here is the list of the Hottest Rock Stars in Eyeglasses!

Lisa Loeb

Since she burst on to the scene in the grungy early 90s she has stud out as the white girl you would love to take home to your mother. Her songs are of sweet longing and he style is so 50s and retro how could you not love her! Most...

Gym Class Heroes Announce North American Tour With The Roots And Estelle

8/14/2008 6:30pm EDT
Gym Class Heroes
Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen recording group Gym Class Heroes have announced details of their upcoming co-headline tour with The Roots.

The North American schedule – which features support from Homeschool/Atlantic Records R&B sensation Estelle – will begin on October 3rd at Baltimore's Rams Head Live! and then traverse the continent through a November 1st finale at Albany, New York's Washington Avenue Armory.

Tickets for the tour go on sale to the general public on August 15th and 16th. Furthermore, one dollar from each ticket sold will be donated to The Boys & Girls Club of Geneva...

Estelle Discusses Her Album 'Shine,' American Boys And Her Sense of Fashion

4/28/2008 9:00am EDT
UK sensation Estelle has been dubbed John Legend's protégé. She's been compared to Lauryn Hill and has collaborated with a number of great artists (Kanye West, Swizz Beatz, Wyclef Jean,, Mark Ronson and Cee-lo & Jack Splash) to come up with an amazing album called "Shine," which drops in the states tomorrow.

This 28-year-old dynamo is one artist who is comfortable in her own skin. She is willing to take risks to further her career, which characterizes an extreme sense of self-determination that cannot be ignored. Being the first artist to be signed to John Legend's new lab...

Tyga Needs 'No Introduction'

4/6/2008 10:30am EDT
Emerging new artist Tyga is preparing for his highly anticipated debut album, "No Introduction," set for release on June 10th. Signed to Pete Wentz's Decaydance Records, through Travis McCoy's imprint, Bat Squad, the 18 year old phenom was named "one of the best undiscovered rappers in America" by Vibe Magazine. He performed at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards and can currently be seen in Lil Wayne's new video "Lollipop," proving that this star is clearly on the rise.

The forthcoming album entitled "No Introduction" features amazing collaborations with Travis McCoy (Gym Class Heroes), L...

Fan-Chosen Playlist For Mojo HD's 'London Live New Year's Eve Special' Topped By The Killers

12/28/2007 7:30pm EST
The Killers
Over the past month, HD, available on all major cable systems around the country. This holiday program will contain the most popular concert performances from this season's shows in groundbreaking state-of-the-art high definition, 1080i picture and 5.1 sound. London Live New Year's Eve Countdown, hosted by celebrated BBC1 radio and television personality Sara Cox, will serve as a soundtrack and visual focus for fans' high-energy New Year's Eve celebrations.

The winning selections, as voted by London Live fans, are (in order of votes): The Killers ("Bones"); Amy Winehouse ("Reha...