Dave Lifton, who writes for both Ultimate Classic Rock and Diffuser, is a podcaster and author of several books. A native of New York, he now lives in Chicago, where he's usually staring out at Lake Michigan from his apartment or getting into arguments with Bears fans. Also, he likes Bruce Springsteen and pulled pork sandwiches.
Tupac’s Estate Wins Back Unreleased Music
A lawsuit filed by Afeni Shakur over royalties and ownership of unreleased recordings by Tupac has been settled.
The Best Release Date Ever? September 29 in Hip-Hop History
On this day in 1998, seminal albums from OutKast, Black Star, A Tribe Called Quest, Brand Nubian and Jay-Z all hit stores at the same time.
Watch Live as Will Smith Bungee Jumps Above the Grand Canyon
In honor of his 50th birthday today (Sept. 25), Will Smith will bungee jump out of a helicopter above the Grand Canyon and streaming it on YouTube.
A Tribe Called Quest Shares Their First Masterpiece: Sept. 24 in Hip-Hop History
September 24 saw A Tribe Called Quest release their first masterpiece, James Brown take some cops for a dangerous ride and a Cosby Kid head off to college.
Redman Disses MC Hammer on Debut: Sept. 22 in Hip-Hop History
Sept. 22, 1992 saw five artists, including Redman, release their debuts. Five years later, Janet Jackson found common ground between Q-Tip and Joni Mitchell.
Prince’s ‘Piano & a Microphone 1983′: A Guide to Every Track
We take a look inside all the songs found on Prince's 'Piano & a Microphone 1983.'
T.I., Jay-Z, Kanye West and Lil Wayne Show Their ‘Swagga': Sept. 6 in Hip-Hop History
The combined star power of four of the biggest names in the business, Jay-Z, Kanye West, T.I. and Lil Wayne, was on display, and Brandy released her first single on this day in hip-hop history.
Eric B. & Rakim List Their Top 5 Hip Hop Songs
In recognition of the 45th anniversary of the founding of hip-hop, Eric B. & Rakim gave out their five favorite hip-hop songs.
60 Hip-Hop ‘Firsts': Rap’s Must-Know Milestones
We look at some of the most important "firsts" in hip-hop, from its origins to the present day.
Usher Has Sold the ‘Mezmerizing’ Mansion He Bought From L.A. Reid for $1.5 Million
Usher first saw L.A. Reid's house in 1991 and bought it seven years later. Now he's sold it for $1.5 million.