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!'
T.I. Gets ‘Serious’ on His Debut Album: October 9 in Hip-Hop History
On this day, Atlanta rhymers T.I. and Bubba Sparxxx released their debut albums and Flo Rida got 'Low' with his first hit single.
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.
Rappers in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: A Complete History
The Boombox takes a look back at the rappers who have been honored by the Rock and Roll 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.
Run-DMC’s ‘It’s Like That’ Gets EDM Treatment: October 5 in Hip-Hop History
On this day, Jason Nevins remixes Run-DMC and veteran hip-hoppers De La Soul, Wyclef Jean and Digital Underground drop new projects.
‘Soul Train’ Is Ready to Board, Ja Rule and More: October 2 In Hip-Hop History
On this day, Don Cornelius becomes the conductor of 'Soul Train' and Ja Rule releases his most successful album, 'Pain Is Love.'
Digable Planets Drop Classic Debut ‘Reachin”: Sept. 27 In Hip-Hop History
On this day, Digable Planets changed the rap landscape with their debut album and Lil Wayne is born.
Nile Rodgers Is Born, Cam’ron Drops ‘S.D.E.’ + More: Sept. 19 in Hip-Hop History
On this day, Nile Rodgers is born and Cam'ron, Lupe Fiasco and Nature drop their new albums.
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.