Makonnen, 2014.

ILoveMakonnen Signs To Drake’s OVO Sound

The Atlanta-based emcee and producer caught a lot of attention with the release earlier this year of his self-titled EP, which featured the buzz tracks "I Don't Sell Molly No More" and "Club Goin Up On a Tuesday."
Ferguson Protests, 2014.

Hip-Hop Moves As Strong Force for Michael Brown

Rappers are making their voices heard in song and on the ground in Ferguson, Mo., in the wake of Michael Brown's shooting death, channeling hip-hop's earlier roots when the genre worked as a voice for the oppressed and spoke out against injustice.
L.A. Mayor Defends Plans for Jay Z's Made in America

L.A. Mayor Defends Plans for Jay Z's Made in America

The Made in America festival is coming to downtown Los Angeles, not as an inconvenience, but as a way to boost the local economy and create jobs for crew specializing in construction, lighting and sound, among dozens of additional professional tasks. So boasted L.A. mayor Eric Garcetti in a press conference held on Thursday, after which he participated in a tour of the Grant Park grounds and its two stages, which will welcome such acts as Imagine Dragons, John Mayer, Iggy Azalea, Kendrick Lamar, Weezer, Kanye West and curator Jay Z on Aug. 30 and 31.