A new book, set to be published by Soul Jazz Books/Records, will explore the very earliest days of hip hop.
'Yo! The Early Days Of Hip Hop 1982-84' comprises more than 300 pages of photographs documenting the genre's rise in the early '80s, taken by French photographer Sophie Bramly.
Among those pictured in the book are Run-DMC, Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash, Beastie Boys, Rocksteady Crew and Fab Five Freddy, while it also includes an introduction written by American music journalist and hip hop specialist Bill Adler.
Biz Markie's legacy is to be celebrated in his hometown of Patchogue, Long Island, with a street set to be named after him.
The hip hop pioneer's widow Tara Davis revealed the news this week via a post on Instagram, writing: "In honor of the contributions Biz has achieved as an actor, beatboxer, DJ and philanthropist, his hometown of Patchogue, Long Island will honor him with the renaming of South Street to Biz Markie Way!"
She continued: "Thank you. [Tracey Todd] for spearheading this project, Patchogue Villiage Mayor, Paul Pontieri and The Greater Patchogue Foundation."
GRM Daily's annual Rated Awards has confirmed the performers for this year's virtual ceremony, which will be streamed at 7PM BST on Thursday 16th September.
Wu-Tang Clan's Redman features on a new posthumous track by Phife Dawg, 'French Kiss Trois', which also includes lines by Illa J.
DJ Shadow has announced a 25th anniversary edition of his landmark debut album, 'Endtroducing', which will arrive on Island Records this month.
The 1996 record was largely constructed using samples taken from old vinyl releases. Now the celebratory version promises to make those noises better than ever, with audio fully remastered and cut at half speed. According to the label this “results in significantly more detailed, high quality sound."
A new Cypress Hill documentary is set to be released, 'Hits From The Bong', referencing one of the most memorable tracks from the rap group's best-selling 1993 album, 'Black Sunday'.
The film is part of the ongoing celebrations marking the band's 30th birthday and is expected to be premiered on Showtime in 2022. It is produced by Sony Music's Premium Content Division and Mass Appeal.
De La Soul's full back catalogue will land on streaming services this year.
The US hip hop trio — Trugoy, Maseo and Posdnuos — made the announcement on Instagram, marking a huge moment for both the band and fans following lengthy disputes with former label Tommy Boy Records, home to House of Pain and Queen Latifah among others.
Travis Scott's Cactus Jack Films is collaborating with A24 on his new album, the team responsible for 'Moonlight', 'Lady Bird' and 'Midsommar', among other movies.
Busta Rhymes, Ice-T, Fat Joe, Busy Bee, LL Cool J, and Al B. Sure! were among those who paid tribute to the late rapper Biz Markie, real name Marcel Theo Hall, at a memorial service in Long Island, New York on Monday 2nd August.
Dubbed 'The Final Show', a private service was held at the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts. This was followed by a public memorial to honour the legendary hip hop pioneer. His anthems 'Vapors' (1988) and 'Just A Friend' (1989) are widely considered genre landmarks.