Trent Fitzgerald is a New Jersey-based freelance writer who is obsessed with hip-hop and pop culture. Currently, he's a music writer for Townsquare Media properties. When he's not writing about your favorite rapper, he's copping sneakers and blogging on his personal rap blog, BeatsandRants.com. He also goes tumbling at beatsnrants.tumblr.com. When it's all said and done, he strives for good music and journalism excellence. Follow him on twitter @BeatsandRants.
Check Out the Jay-Z ‘Live in Brooklyn’ EP Track Listing
If you want to own a little piece of Jay-Z's celebrated eight-show run at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, here's your chance. The rap mogul will release a 'Live in Brooklyn' EP, featuring eight live songs and videos, on Thursday (Oct. 11).
Nicki Minaj, Bruno Mars + More Are Hip-Hop Illuminati in New ‘Cleveland Show’ Photos
The urban legend that many of hip-hop's prominent rappers are members of the Illuminati is parodied on the season premiere of FOX's animated series 'The Cleveland Show.' The episode, which airs on Oct. 21, stars Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Bruno Mars, will.i.am and the Roots' d…
Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliott, 50 Cent + More Pay Tribute to Chris Lighty at the 2012 BET Hi…
One of the most touching performances at the 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards was the tribute to Chris Lighty, the visionary manager of hip-hop stars, who died from an apparent suicide in September. The tribute was a powerful display of unity among rappers rarely seen in the genre.
Rick Ross Performs ‘Hold Me Back’ + ‘Ice Cold’ at the 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards
Despite Rick Ross' brief skirmish with Young Jeezy backstage at the 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards, the Miami rapper seemed unfazed by it all as he came out shirtless (of course) with his jeans nearly around his knees during his performance at the awards ceremony.
Wiz Khalifa Kicks Off the 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards With ‘Work Hard, Play Hard’
Wiz Khalifa kicked of the 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards with a performance of 'Work Hard, Play Hard.' Dressed in all black with a motorcycle jacket and matching fedora, Wizzy got the crowd hype for his anthemic song.
Eminem Covers VIBE in 10-Year Anniversary Celebration of ‘8 Mile’
Eminem covers the October/November 2012 issue of VIBE magazine but he's not promoting a new album. The Grammy-winning rhyme-spitter chats with the publication in commemoration to tenth anniversary of his classic 2002 flick '8 Mile.'
Lil Wayne Co-Signs Drake’s Contribution to Posthumous Aaliyah Album
While not everyone is thrilled with the prospect of Drake executive producing the posthumous Aaliyah project, Lil Wayne has told the Associated Press (via RollingStone.com) that it's going to be an "awesome collaboration."
Jay-Z + Frank Ocean Collaborate With Pharrell Williams in the Studio
What do you get when you add Jay-Z, Pharrell Williams and Frank Ocean in the studio? We hope an awesome collaborative song. Last night (Oct. 8 ), Skateboard P tweeted out a picture of himself with Hov and Ocean hanging out in the lab.
Jay-Z Rides the Subway to His Brooklyn Show
Jay-Z did something this past Saturday (Oct. 6) that millions of New Yorkers do everyday -- he rode the subway. Instead of parking the beamer in the arena, the rap mogul took the R train to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Kanye West Quits Twitter, Comes Back to Honor Steve Jobs
What's up with Kanye West? After deleting all of his tweets from his timeline for no reason, he returned to Twitter on Friday (Oct. 5) to salute Apple's late co-founder Steve Jobs on the one-year anniversary of his death.