About Us

Rap-Up is the first nationwide hip-hop and R&B magazine for Gen Y. Founded in 2001, the full-color, glossy publication has featured some of music’s biggest stars including Beyoncé, T.I., Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, Rihanna, 50 Cent, Mary J. Blige, Ciara, Ludacris, Pharrell, and Young Jeezy. The design-oriented title is available at Barnes & Noble, Borders, Target, Safeway, Books-A-Million, Rite Aid, Hastings, Hudson News, and other newsstands/bookstores.

Rap-Up has appeared on CNN, ABC News, BET, VH1, E!, The CW, EXTRA, and mtvU. The publication has been featured in newspapers and magazines such as The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, New York Daily News, New York Post, USA Today, People, GRAMMY Magazine, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, The Daily News of Los Angeles, and more.

In 2006, the magazine was nominated for “Best New Consumer Publication” at the prestigious 55th Annual Maggie Awards, and in 2007, Rap-Up.com received a nomination for “Best Hip-Hop Magazine Site” at “VH1 Hip-Hop Honors.”

Rap-Up‘s first book, Rap-Up: The Ultimate Guide to Hip-Hop and R&B, was released in February 2008 on Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Book Group. The all-access handbook to the past 20 years in hip-hop and R&B includes a foreword by T.I. and is available wherever books are sold. Order your copy on Amazon.com.


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