20 years ago, Missy Elliott’s ‘Supa Dupa Fly’ welcomed the misfits into hip-hop’s mainstream

And the iconic emcee's debut album is as engaging and forward-thinking a listen today as it was in 1997.

Jay-Z's '4:44' isn't just a response to Beyoncé, it's what we love best about hip-hop

The 47-year-old rapper is confessing his growing pains to the world.

Public Enemy surprise release 'Nothing Is Quick in the Desert' celebrates their 30-year anniversary

The group's 15th album toasts to fallen rap heroes and attempts to direct the culture's political rage toward something productive.

Kendall and Kylie Jenner are getting dragged over their new T-shirts, which feature Tupac and Biggie

The duo chose to superimpose their faces over Tupac's and Biggie's.

Vince Staples burns through nihilism and house beats on 'Big Fish Theory'

The Long Beach rapper takes a bold left-turn on his just-released sophomore LP — a move that might alienate some longtime fans.

Kendrick Lamar's "Element." video presents a violent, provocative portrait of black life in America

"I done cried for this shit, might take a life for this shit/ Put the Bible down and go eye for an eye for this shit."

Migos 'Crash Bandicoot' Chain: 5 times rappers have repped classic video games

Quavo's 'Crash Bandicoot' chain is the latest in a long-running trend. Leave it to hip-hop to bring the achievement trophy to entirely new levels of awesome.

Young Thug can't decide if he wants to be a pop star on 'Beautiful Thugger Girls'

For the first time in years, Young Thug seems somewhat unsure of who he is artistically.

Jay Z confirms what the internet already knew: '4:44' is his next album and it's coming very soon

The follow-up to 2013's 'Magna Carta Holy Grail' is out this month.

'Project Rap Rabbit' Interview: Keiichi Yano and Masaya Matsuura

Keiichi Yano and Masaya Matsuura offer insight into 'Project Rap Rabbit' in this interview!

20 years of "The Rain": 4 female emcees reflect on Missy Elliot's iconic debut single

Missy set the blueprint for many artists working today, and they're sharing their appreciation.

Vince Staples' 'Big Fish' may be the only hip-hop album that matters for the rest of 2017

We've got to get these rappers out of the water. There's a big fish coming.

Zaytoven talks his Gucci Mane "Piano Nights" show, how he plans to take it even bigger

Producer and multi-instrumentalist Zaytoven describes the Zaytoven Experience tour he's planning around his 'Trap Holiday' album.

One of these 7 songs will be 2017's song of the summer

Looking at Future's "Mask Off," Lil Uzi Vert's "XO Tour Llif3" and other song of the summer hopefuls.

Miley Cyrus slams hip-hop culture in 'Billboard' profile: "I can't listen to that anymore"

Cyrus says she no longer listens to hip-hop music.

Ja Rule says Fyre Festival debacle left him "heartbroken" — and everyone's getting refunds

Ja Rule: Neither always there when you call nor always on time.

Mary J. Blige 'Strength of a Woman' track list: 5 songs that reflect on her divorce

The singer doesn't hold back on her truth on her 13th studio album.

Fyre Festival "Scam:" The internet roasts Bahamas music festival as a total disaster

Fyre Festival is bad. The tweets are good.

Frank Ocean, Young Thug "Slide on Me" Lyrics: A breakdown of the defiant remix

In their first official collaboration, Young Thug and Frank Ocean detail the ways they're changing the culture.

7 secrets Kendrick Lamar revealed about 'Damn.' in first on-record interview since release

Lamar opened up to Zane Lowe of 'Beats 1.'

Nicki Minaj defends her "Queen of Rap" throne in "No Frauds" music video

Minaj's latest music video is a team effort.

Who is Kung Fu Kenny? Kendrick Lamar's "DNA." video brings the alter ego to life.

Lamar seems to have drawn Kung Fu Kenny out of hip-hop's long fascination with karate film culture.

Kendrick Lamar 'Damn.': A glossary of all the spiritual, political and personal references

A glossary of the key terms and references that should make decoding 'Damn.' slightly easier for aspiring Kendrick Lamar scholars.

Bill O'Reilly has been obsessed with calling out sexism and violence in hip-hop

Bill O'Reilly has gone after artists for sexist lyrics while he was sexually harassing those closest to him.

Kendrick Lamar 'Damn.' track list: Every song on the "Humble" rapper's fourth studio album

'Damn' comes with two official features: Rihanna and Irish rock band U2.

'The Get Down': 6 aspects that make Baz Luhrmann's Netflix original completely perfect

Ain't no party like a 'Get Down' party, 'cause a 'Get Down' party don't stop.

Kendrick Lamar's new album: A breakdown of track list credits ahead of the release date

A look at what production team of Sounwave, DJ Dahi, James Blake, Alchemist and BADBADNOTGOOD have been up to in recent years.

Joey Badass 'All-Amerikkkan Badass' Review: A dark, urgent effort to revitalize NYC rap

The New York City rapper steps into full revolutionary mode for his most challenging release to date.

Who is Troy Ave? 6 things to know about the rapper who thinks he's the new Tupac

The Brooklyn rapper's comments stirs reactions from hip-hop fans on Twitter.