hip hop

  • African Andela marks year three with Uganda expansion Crunch Network

    African Andela marks year three with Uganda expansion

    Andela is expanding in Uganda. The technology training and job placement company, which recruits African software developers and places them at global companies ― completed its first recruitment cycle in Kampala. The Uganda opening will add to offices in Nairobi, Lagos, New York, and San Francisco. It also marks year three of Andela’s rise as a VC backed, revenue focused firm that… Read More

  • Our favorite startups from Alchemist Accelerator batch 15

    Founded as an enterprise alternative to accelerator stalwarts like Y Combinator, Alchemist Accelerator has managed to assemble a solid track record in its five years of operation.  Going into batch 15, 159 companies have graduated from Alchemist, of which 89 have closed institutional rounds and 15 have been acquired. The latest batch of 19 companies surely hopes to push those numbers even higher. Read More

  • RecordGram thinks your phone is the new recording studio

    RecordGram thinks your phone is the new recording studio

    If RecordGram has its way, top record producers will all turn to their app, a kind of mobile recording studio, to find the next Justin Bieber or Nicki Minaj. And aspiring artists will all find beats, create songs and get signed to their first label through RecordGram. The company was a “wildcard” contender at TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield in New York today. Read More

  • Why Amazon is eating the world Crunch Network

    Why Amazon is eating the world

    I recently co-founded a software startup. Each month, I send out an update to our investors. But the past month was a bit different. Instead of just writing about our “internal” news, I wrote about the impending apocalypse in the broader world of retail. More specifically, I included some thoughts on Amazon and why their commanding lead is only going to get larger. Read More

  • BitTorrent Taps Public Enemy For Their Latest Creative Venture: Crowdsourced Music

    BitTorrent Taps Public Enemy For Their Latest Creative Venture: Crowdsourced Music

    BitTorrent, the content distribution network that has been angling for a position as the platform of choice for the creative industries, is today taking one more step to show artists how they can use the service to engage with their fans and potentially spin some business in the process. The company is teaming up with Public Enemy, the iconic hip hop band, for a project in which the group will… Read More

  • PAX East 2010: In which we talk to a dude wearing a WWE belt for some reason

    OK, so PAX may be crawling with people dressed as Chris Redfield and, um, Generic Skimpy Outfit Female, but it takes a certain kind of geek to walk around with a WWE championship belt. I use the word “geek” with all due respect, of course: we’re all geeks here at PAX. Read More

  • New XM Radio lineup leaked: No more classic hip-hop

    This is the new XM channel lineup, which includes the “best of” Sirius. (The Sirius lineup, featuring the “best of” XM, should be revealed today, too.) A quick look shows that the good electronic stations are gone (of course), but The Virus (Opie and Anthony and Ron and Fez) is still around on 202. It also looks like The Rhyme, the old school hip-hop channel, is gone… Read More

  • Dr. Dre's Beats headphones here on July 25 for $349

    Dr. Dre and Monster (and Geffen’s Jimmy Iovine) will release THE MOST ADVANCED HEADPHONES EVER on July 25 at Apple retail stores (and online) and Best Buy (and its Web site). The headphones are called Beats, and have been in development for three years, which certainly sounds impressive. Beats are supposed accurately reproduce the entire spectrum of music, just like you would hear in a… Read More

  • The Reason Robots Exist

    Go ahead and hit play on the video above. It’s OK, I’ll wait while you gasp in total amazement. You see my friends, these are Chuck E. Cheese type robots from a kids place that are modified to sing and dance to rap music. I must say, Bubba Sparxxx’s “Miss New Booty” is a fantastic song for these robots to perform. What child wouldn’t love shaking his or her… Read More

  • YouTube Has Killed the Hip Hop War

    Where have you gone? Guys like Eric B and Rakim, pre-G-Unit Mobb Deep and Nas before he decided to call it in made hip hop great. Part of the allure of hip hop culture was the constant bickering—beef—between MCs. One rapper would “start something” and the other would respond in kind, usually on some sort of thrown-together mixtape with a “dis track.”… Read More

  • Crazy Video Homes: Fat Joe Reviews The Helio Ocean

    http://admin.brightcove.com/destination/player/player.swf Yeah yeah this is crazy son. It’s a walkthrough son of the Helio Ocean word one featuring Fat Joe, B. It’s incredible because you can watch videos on it, to say nothing of its ring tones. It’s straight fire. Which review is hotter, Fat Joe’s or Fat John’s? One. Helio Ocean walk through with Fat Joe [The… Read More

  • Dork At Stanford Raps About UNIX Commands

    Not even a minute into this video and I was cracking up. It’s not even because he’s rapping (poorly) about UNIX-commands, it’s that this is the biggest display of geekism ever. The beats are not fresh, the bassist has a frickin’ music stand to read notes off of, and the keyboardist is wearing the most unfashionable glasses to date. Oh, and last time I checked… Read More