some real wild stuff go down in the world of rap music. Whether it was
crime-by-fork, radio station gun battles or proclamations of the
president's alleged racism, the year will go down in history as one of
serious rap industry nuttiness. We've listed our picks of the Top 10
stories of the year just so you can see what we mean. Drumroll...
along with Houston compadres Mike Jones, Slim Thug and Z-Ro, have been
busy schooling the rest of the planet on what's been common knowledge
in their neck of the woods... that you don't need a record deal to
become a music superstar.
has gone through major changes since their classic late 90s Fantastic
Volume 1 was leaked to hordes of grateful fans such as ?uestlove who
dubbed them "the next level in soulful, vintage hip-hop."
The hip-hop artist spoke with NPR's Scott Simon about visiting Syrian refugees, getting detained at airports and what a person's shoes can tell you about cultural difference.(Image credit: Courtesy of the artist)
The nominees in the Best Rap Album category show how hip-hop has, across multiple platforms from video to streaming audio to crowd-funding, come to own the Internet.(Image credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)