Posts tagged “top 10

Article: 10 Best Female Rappers: # 1. MC Lyte

If you ask hip-hop fans who the greatest male emcee of all time is, you’re more than likely to get about 20 to 25 different responses. Now, switch the question to “Who’s the best female rapper of all time?” and, alas, you’re more than likely to end up with the same answer 9 out of 10 times: MC Lyte.

With gems like “I Cram to Understand U (Sam)” and “10% Dis” from her 1988 debut, Lyte As a Rock, MC Lyte changed hip-hop’s perception of femcees without changing her outfit. Instead, she cloaked herself in dignity and integrity. And did I mention that she could run circles around many of her male counterparts with her take-your-hats-off wordplay? Lyte’s originality, smooth flow, substance-packed content, and impeccable delivery, make her the unquestionable queen of rap music.



Article: 10 Best Female Rappers: # 2. Lauryn Hill

Long before she nabbed 5 Grammys for her debut, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Ms. Hill was already in contention for the throne. As one-third of 90s super group, Fugees, L’Boogie quickly established herself as the focal point of the crew. By seamlessly blending jaw-dropping lyricism with social commentary, she helped make The Score the magnum opus of Fugees’ catalog and, more importantly, a certified hip-hop classic.

On Miseducation, Lauryn unleashed the best fusion of hip-hop and R&B of the last decade. Her stellar songwriting flourished from song to song, whether grappling with spirituality (“Final Hour,” “Forgive Them, Father”) or stroking sexuality without exploiting it (“Nothing Even Matters”). Like Lyte and Latifah before her, Lauryn shines without drawing unnecessary attention to her sexual ambiance.



Article: 10 Best Female Rappers: # 3. Queen Latifah

Queen Latifah couldn’t have picked a more appropriate stage moniker. Thanks to a brilliant mesh of social commentary and political consciousness, this queen had no problem attracting a cult-like following from the jump off. Latifah was one of the first to demand self-respect and gender equality in hip-hop. Who can forget the Grammy-winning “U.N.I.T.Y.” (from Black Reign), where she made it clear that addressing her as a b***h is a quick way to get yourself “punched dead” in the face?



Article: 10 Best Female Rappers: # 4. Missy Elliott

Not only is Missy one of the best, she’s also one of the most versatile hip-hop artists, period. A multi-faceted entertainer, Missy writes, raps, sings, and produces all her songs. Her music videos are consistently innovative and intriguing. To crown it all, no other female rapper has ever been able to match Missy’s level of success.



Article: 10 Best Female Rappers: # 5. Da Brat

Discovered by Jermaine Dupri in ’92, Da Brat (like MC Lyte and Queen Latifah) exploded into the hip-hop scene at a time when female rappers were almost unheard of. Against all odds, her debut, Funkdafied, became the first platinum-selling album by a female rapper. Unlike Lil’ Kim and Foxy Brown, Da Bra-ta-ta skewered sexuality early on in her career. Instead, she relied on her dashing delivery and double time flow.



Article: 10 Best Female Rappers: # 6. Jean Grae

With three solid releases–Attack of the Attacking Things, The Bootlegg of The Bootlegg EP, and This Week–under her belt, South African-born, New York-bred rapper Jean Grae has been spinning heads for the past 10 years or so. What makes Grae stand out from the pack is her combination of humor and seriousness. Whether poking fun at herself on “Going Crazy” or rhyming about loyalty and dedication on “My Crew,” J.G. does it all with a touch of excellence.

In 2005, Jean hooked up with producer 9th Wonder for a full length collaboration dubbed Jeanius. A widespread internet leak forced her to shelf one of the best collaborative hip-hop albums you’ll never hear. Previously down with Babygrande Records (Canibus, Hi-Tek), Jean Grae is now signed to Talib Kweli’s Blacksmith imprint.



Article: 10 Best Female Rappers: # 7. Rah Digga

Rah Digga first showcased her lyrical tenacity by dropping verses here and there as a member of the Busta Rhymes-led Flipmode Squad. Digga eventually solidified her place with the electrifying Dirty Harriet LP. Rah’s ability to craft commercially viable tracks while still dropping hardcore gems makes her stick out from the rest.

Article: 10 Best Female Rappers: # 8. Lil’ Kim

Lil’ Kim’s The Naked Truth was the first album by a female rapper to be awarded 5 mics in The Source magazine. Whether or not the accolades were well-deserved is another story. However, Kim’s impact on hip-hop is unquestionable. Since her Hard Core debut in 1996, Kim has spawned a slew of emulators, who are eager to replicate her libidinous lyrics and in-your-face persona.



Article: 10 Best Female Rappers: # 9. Eve

Before she went all Hollywood on us, Eve was often heralded for her superb songwriting. Hits like “Satisfaction,” “Gangsta Lovin’” (with Alicia Keys) and “Let Me Blow Your Mind” (with Gwen Stefani) showcased her unique ability to appeal to a broad audience without losing her edge.



Article: 10 Best Female Rappers: #10. Foxy Brown

Granted, Foxy gets plenty of backlash for her raunchy lyrics, but, let’s not forget that she also contributed to some of hip-hop’s most notable hits. LL Cool J’s “I Shot Ya” and Jay-Z’s “Ain’t No N***a” would’ve never sounded the same without Fox Boogie’s catchy couplets. Brown has also managed to garner a measurable amount of success on her own three discs: Ill Na Na, Chyna Doll, and Broken Silence.



Article: Top 10 Celebrity Divorces in 2010 By Hazel Lorraine

It’s been quite a year for celebrity divorce. Let’s take a look back at the ten biggest divorce stories of 2010.

Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren – After allegations of infidelity and countless of women coming out to the public and admitting to being one of Tiger Woods’ mistresses, Elin Nordegren finally had enough of trying to mend her broken marriage and they both officially divorced in August 2010. I breathe a sigh of relief that this one is over.

Sandra Bullock and Jesse James – Right after winning her first Academy Award for “The Blind Side”, Sandra Bullock was publicly humiliated when rumours surfaced that her husband, Jesse James, was having an affair with tattoo model Michelle ‘Bombshell’ McGee in March 2010. Bullock remained private with her comments, but shortly after in April 2010, Bullock filed for divorce citing “conflict of personalities” and their marriage was officially dissolved in June 2010.

Shania Twain and Robert John Lange – The Canadian singing sensation Shania Twain divorced with her husband/producer Robert Lange in May 2010, after she found out that Lange was having an affair with Shania’s best friend Marie-Anne Thiebaud. After the divorce, the funny thing is Shania just announced that she is engaged to Marie-Anne’s ex-husband Swiss business man Frederic Thiebaud. Talk about swapping partners, I can’t wait for the wedding.

Eva Longoria and Tony Parker – What do you get when you have an NBA player and Hollywood starlet tie the knot in Paris? You get a marriage that ends in divorce due to infidelity through tons of sext messages. When Longoria filed for divorce in November 2010, Parker’s supposed mistress Erin Barry clearly denied ever having an affair with Parker. I guess Longoria is a desperate housewife after all, her neighbor and friend is not only a home wrecker, but a lousy liar as well.

Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds – Being young, rich, and famous in Hollywood just doesn’t mix when you throw in getting married, because for these two getting divorce was inevitable. Scarlett and Ryan got married in September 2008 in a private ceremony in British Columbia, Canada. They both got divorced a few weeks ago. Can someone say, “The spark just wasn’t there anymore?”

Courtney Cox and David Arquette – Big boys don’t cry. That’s what David Arquette was saying when “Friends” star Courtney Cox announced that she was divorcing him after 10 years of marriage. I thought this one was going to last, I guess for Arquette playing the ‘young-boy-at-heart’ act didn’t amuse Cox any longer.

Christina Aguilera and Jordan Bratman – Pop princess Christina Aguilera filed for divorce with her husband Jordan Bratman just before her five year wedding anniversary. Boo hoo, well anyway, the cheater here was, allegedly, Aguilera herself. After the divorce was finalized in October 2010, Aguilera was pictured holding hands with her new boyfriend Mathew Ruler. All I can say for this one is, on to the next!

Nas and Kelis – Hip-hop’s super couple Nas and Kelis divorced after four years of marriage citing the famous line, “irreconcilable differences” in April 2009. They divorced while Kelis was seven months pregnant with their son, Knight. At the time of the birth of their son, Kelis took Nas to court asking for spousal support for over $100,000/month. The court ordered Nas to pay half of that sum every month. Hip-hop divorces don’t come cheap.

Elizabeth Hurley and Arun Nayar – After a traditional Hindu wedding in India, actress Elizabeth Hurley split from her husband of three years, Arun Nayar. Again, just like Christina’s story, Elizabeth was also the cheater in this failed marriage. She was pictured having an affair with cricket player Shane Warne while undergoing the finalization of her divorce in December 2010.

Al and Tipper Gore- The main reason why I choose to end this article with this couple is because how sad it is that these two have been married since May 1970, that’s over forty years of marriage! Just goes to show that in Hollywood, nothing lasts forever.



Article: The Top Hip Hop Models 2010

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Article: The Top 10 Road Rage Songs By: Brad Iger

Road rage is part of human nature. If you spend enough time every day in your car, inevitably some jackass will pull a stunt that just defies all logic and regard for the motorists around them. Once you’ve experienced this enough times, you’re bound to lose it sooner or later. So when you end up going off the deep end, you might as well have a kickass soundtrack to compliment the fury.

10. Metallica “Battery”

The slow and somber acoustic guitar strumming that opens Master of Puppets serves as the perfect red herring for what’s to come. Suddenly the ethereal melodies turn into roaring thunder, and from then on there’s no turning back, dishing out pure, aggressive thrash till the last note of the song. This actually mimics the road rage phenomenon quite well – one minute you’re calmly going about your business, the next minute it’s vehicular mayhem. With the constant, propulsive force of this song, you’ll have an apt refrain to flip out to.

9. N.W.A. “Straight Outta Compton”
If this track doesn’t make you want to take down stupid pricks on the freeway, check your pulse because you’re probably already dead. Right out of the gate you get this constant click track and James Brown guitar riff that matches the pace of the road perfectly. Then suddenly Ice Cube is right in your face telling you to crush every sucka who gets in the way. Word to the mothef**ker.

8. Rage Against the Machine “Bulls on Parade”

If nothing else, the name of this band should tip you off to the intentions of their music. True to form, “Bulls on Parade” immediately grabs you with the kind of vitriol you get when some jerkoff cuts you off and then slams on the brakes just to shave a couple seconds off their otherwise pointless commute. The sinister, lumbering bass line that follows works as a backdrop to the frustration of watching your existence grow ever shorter as you battle just to get back to the package of stale Top Ramen and well-worn Victoria’s Secret catalog that you call home.

7. Pantera “F**kin’ Hostile”
Well, the title is kind of a give away, isn’t it? No high-falutin’ concepts here, just distorted vocals conjured up from hell and down-tuned guitars chugging furiously against your eardrums. For some reason, thrash metal seems to have both the ideal pacing for driving fast and the teeth-grinding anger that effectively gets people pissed off.

6. The Bronx “Heart Attack American”

One of the few punk bands left who seem to be making music as a source of catharsis instead of profit, and the opening track of The Bronx explodes out of the speakers with absolute ferocity. The track is a no-frills anthemic battlecry with a simple message: F**k everything. It truly makes you want to lash out against all the oppressive elements of the world around that keep you complacent and passive. If that happens to be another motorist, well, sooner or later someone’s gotta teach them a lesson.

5. Nine Inch Nails “March of the Pigs”

Is there a way to make a drum kit sound pissed off? Well, Trent found a way. This fine example of industrial rock destruction has this sort of surging effect to it, much like what you might experience when repeatedly smashing into the back end of someone’s car after you’ve finally hit your patience quota for stolen parking spots. And just when you think everything’s cool, it hits you in the face again with even more force than the first time. Vindictive.

4. Iggy and the Stooges “Search and Destroy”
While this track starts out in a relatively tame fashion (for this list anyway), it’s like a locomotive that just keeps gaining momentum. Or, in this case: chaos and fury. Released in 1973, this song became one of the prime templates for what would later be termed “punk rock.”

By end of the song, it’s total mayhem and dissonance as Iggy’s screaming about being “the forgotten boy, the one who’s searching to destroy.” In this case, you’ll be destroying the soul of the guy who pulled into the fast lane going 30 miles an hour. And it all dissolves into distorted cries of anger (or joyous wrath?) as massively overdriven guitars shriek and wail just before it all grinds itself to a halt.

3. Slayer “Angel of Death”
This truly is the soundtrack to hell. I mean, if hell is as awesome I hope it is. This song is relentlessly evil in every respect, be it lyrics about sadist human experiments or the enormity of the malevolent rock being delivered to your ears.

Drummer Dave Lombardo has this style that just makes everything systematically brutal that, even when things go completely apeshit at about the 3:35 mark after the solo kicks in, it’s totally insane and yet completely together simultaneously. Which is much like the mentality of a seasoned road rager: beyond logic yet somehow still functional.

2. Misfits “Bullet”
Unashamedly offensive, pissed off, anthemic, and without an ounce of filler – “Bullet” may be the perfect punk song. The track is an ode to the assassination of President Kennedy and young Danzig’s… uhh… “attraction” to the first lady.

It is the celebration of violence and death. It spews pure hatred in all the right ways, and at just the right tempo. Putting this track on makes your middle finger stronger. It was tough not to make this one #1, because it is an ideal song for road rage as it sets a brilliant tone and speed for vehicular psychosis.

1. Motorhead “Ace of Spades”
Motorhead and automotive mayhem go together like coke and cheap strippers. Could there ever be a better track to accompany Mad Max? The answer is NO. When someone asks you what “Driving Rock” is, you do not respond “Radar Love.” Not unless you want a bitch slap. Instead, you put this track on.

When this song kicks in, it grabs you by your face and screams, “Bury the goddamn throttle and drive like a maniac!” And of course, you do, because Lemmy demands it.




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