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 Bailed Out of Jail: October 11 in Hip- Hop History
On this day in hip-hop history, Tupac Shakur got his freedom and Warren G put out In the Mid-Nite Hour.
Russell Simmons Is Born: Oct. 4 in Hip-Hop History
On this day in hip-hop history, Russell Simmons celebrates his birthday, while albums by Paris, Ultramagnetic MCs and Lucas were released.
Suge Knight’s Son Believes Tupac Is Alive and in Malaysia
Suge J. Knight is the latest to offer a theory that Tupac Shakur didn't die in 1996.
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.
Lil Wayne Finally Announces Release Date for ‘Tha Carter V’
After more than four years, the wait for Lil Wayne's 'Tha Carter V' is almost over.
Prince Can’t Wait Until ‘Wednesday’
Prince wrote "Wednesday" as an opportunity for Jill Jones to shine in 'Purple Rain,' but it wound up on the cutting room floor.
Tupac Signs With Death Row From Prison: Sept. 16 in Hip-Hop History
On this day in hip-hop history, Tupac Shakur joined up with Death Row, Usher had his breakthrough, Jay-Z previewed 'In My Lifetime, Vol. 1' and Mariah Carey showed off a different side of her.
Mary J. Blige Gets Her First Top 10 Hit: August 25 in Hip-Hop History
On August 25 in hip-hop history, Mary J. Blige put out her first Top 10 single, while 'The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill' dropped, Bobby Brown gave us the long-awaited follow-up to 'Don't Be Cruel' and Black Star's only album was released.
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.
July 9 in Hip-Hop History: ‘Boyz N The Hood,’ OutKast, Mary J. Blige + More
July 9 is an important day in throwback Hip-hop and R&B history for Ice Cube, Mary J. Blige, OutKast, Prince and many others.
Joe Jackson Laid to Rest in Private Funeral, Janet Reportedly Attends
The Jackson family patriarch was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, the same cemetery as his son, Michael.
Prince Year by Year: 1977-2016 Photographs
We've got photos of Prince from every year of his legendary career.