Here’s what made the news today, Wednesday, April 4, 2012.

Veteran hip-hop group the Artifacts has released their first new music in 15 years. The single “Easter” dropped just in time for the long weekend.


Montreal hip-hop artists staged a protest on Tuesday, claiming discrimination and criminalization of their genre. A group called the Montreal Hip Hop Movement was challenging a ban on hip-hop performances at bars and clubs, a stipulation that came along with temporary liquor licences. One of the protesters, Dice B, told the Montreal Gazette: "We cannot take the fact that they're still typecasting this music, this culture, treating it like something that is to be feared and rejected.”

Kool Keith has announced his retirement from music. The Bronx rapper will release a farewell album, Love and Danger, on June 5, which will include track “Goodbye Rap” as the closer. 

Harlem rapper A$AP Rocky is saving his duet with indie darling Lana Del Rey for his own album. The track was supposed to be part of the Kickdrums’ Follow the Leaders mixtape that dropped yesterday, but after the sensation that the one-minute clip of “Ridin’” caused, label Polo Grounds Music stepped in and asked A$AP Rocky to hold off on releasing the track.

posted by Jeanette Cabral on Apr 04, 2012