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.
Ice-T Uses His ‘Freedom of Speech': October 10 in Hip-Hop History
On this day, Ice-T tackles censorship in rap with his political album, 'The Iceberg/Freedom of Speech... Just Watch What You Say!'
LL Cool J, Janet Jackson, Rufus & Chaka Khan Nominated for 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
This will be the fifth time LL Cool J's been considered for induction into the Hall of Fame.
Janet Jackson Breaks Boundaries With ‘Velvet Rope': October 7 in Hip-Hop History
On this day, Ms. Jackson unveils her 'Velvet Rope' and Ludacris serves up 'Chicken-n-Beer.' Also, MC Lyte and Toni Braxton celebrate birthdays.
Every LL Cool J Album Ranked, Worst to Best
LL Cool J is undeniably the G.O.A.T. in hip-hop. So we take a look back at his historic albums and ranked them from worst to best.
Kanye West’s Wild ‘SNL’ Weekend: Trump Rant and Name Change, But No New Album
Kanye West wants to be called Ye now and he believes that Trump is a hero.
Janet Jackson Releases the Groundbreaking ‘Rhythm Nation 1814′: Sept. 18 In Hip-Hop Histor…
On this day, Janet Jackson gets the nation grooving with her groundbreaking project and Color Me Badd delivers sexy debut album.
Was There a Feud Between Aretha Franklin and Patti LaBelle?
The two R&B divas may have had a simmering feud with each other.
Solange – ‘T.O.N.Y.': Throwback Video of the Day
Solange regrets her one night stand in the beautifully shot video for 'T.O.N.Y.'
Tale of the Tape: Lauryn Hill Vs. Best R&B Album Grammy Nominees
This is not a competition, but albums by Erykah Badu, Brandy, Aretha Franklin and Maxwell were also great and deserve recognition.
‘Living Single’ Breaks the Glass Ceiling on Fox: August 22 in Hip-Hop History
GZA is born, 'Living Single' premieres on Fox, Janet Jackson drops 'Miss You Much' and more on this day.