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  • Cover of DJ Mustard Reveals Five Beats That He Wishes He Had Produced
    It's always interesting to see where producers draw inspiration from when crafting their original instrumentals. For DJ Mustard, current "it" producer on the West Coast, inspiration comes from a wide variety of genres--at least according to a new interview with XXL.
  • Cover of J Dilla's MPC Will Be On Display At Smithsonian Museum
    Though he passed too early, J Dilla's legacy continues to live on. The celebrated producer will be honored in the soon-to-open National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian, where some of his musical equipment will be on display. 
  • Cover of Stream araabMUZIK's New Album "For Professional Use Only 2"
    Hitting iTunes earlier today, araabMUZIK officially releases the sequel to his highly anticipated album series For Professional Use Only.
  • Cover of Top 10: Dual Threats
    After covering rappers and a producer in our first couple instalments of Top 10, we decided to combine the two for this week's. In the past decade especially, the producer credit has gotten it's fair share of the spotlight, whereas before, the role was much more in the background.
  • Cover of Top 10: Yeezy On The Beat, Hoe
    Following up last week's Top 10 of rappers who were bodied on their own shit, we're moving on to Yeezy's production. Expect a new Top 10 list each Monday going forward, and if there's a subject you want us to tackle shout it out in the comments.
  • Cover of First Week Sales Projections For Trey Songz' "Trigga" & Robin Thicke's "Paula" [Update: Official Numbers Are In]
    Trey Songz & Robin Thicke both had new albums drop today, July 1st, and just hours into their releases we already have early sales projections rolling in. While there can only be one top spot for the week, this week’s release appears to not even be close.
  • Cover of Iggy Azalea Is Third Artist Ever To Replace Herself On The Top Of The Charts
    Mariah Carey, OutKast, and... Iggy Azalea? Now that Ariana Grande and Iggy's song "Prolem" has replaced Charli XCX and Iggy's "Fancy" at the top of the charts, that's the list of the only artists in history to replace themselves with number one songs.
  • Cover of 25 Photos Of Hip-Hop Artists At Prom
    Summer is about to be in session. University students wrapped up their final days a month or two ago, and high school students followed suit around two weeks ago.
  • Cover of Warren G Recalls Getting Production Lessons From Dr. Dre
    Warren G is as adept behind the boards as he is on the mic, a rare quality he shares with the likes of Kanye West, J. Cole, and of course, his half-brother, Dr. Dre.
  • Cover of Drake In Talks With BlackBerry To Promote Its New Device
    Just like most artists and celebrities, Drake is no stranger to lending out his star power to businesses. He’s been linked to companies like Sprite, AT&T, and Nike in the past, and now he’s reportedly in talks with BlackBerry to promote the company’s next big thing.
  • Cover of 50 Cent Takes On Executive Producer Role In "B.M.F." Film
    50 Cent has some experience in film and television at this point. From his acting debut in Get Rich Or Die Tryin', to his executive production on new Starz crime drama, Power, Fif is finding his way into the film industry.
  • Cover of 12 Divergent Samples: Compare & Contrast
    The art of sampling is no easy feat. It takes a keen ear to hear what a track develop into from a borrowed sample. Any track can contain a number of useful elements for the producer to tackle.
  • Cover of 50 Cent's "Animal Ambition" First Week Sales Projections
    50 Cent has definitely been putting himself out there in order to heavily promote his new solo album, Animal Ambition, which officially dropped yesterday. The rapper not only reunited with G-Unit this past week, putting plenty of spotlight on him, but he also has done numerous interview. 
  • Cover of G-Unit Possibly Working On New Album [Update: 50 Cent Announces New Album On The Way]
    G-Unit returned in full form yesterday, following a reunion on stage at Summer Jam, with a new freestyle over Hit-Boy & HS87's "Grindin' My Whole Life." The track was originally a posse cut from HS87, so there was plenty of space for 50 Cent, Tony Yayo, Lloyd Banks, Young Buck (and Kidd Kidd) to rap over it.
  • Cover of Mariah Carey's "Me. I Am Mariah…" First Week Sales Projections
    Mariah Carey is among the best-selling artists of all-time, but her newest album will not likely push her any further up the list. The album, which sports a mouthful of a title, Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse, arrived rather quietly this week, and the sales projections for the effort reflect such.
  • Cover of A-Trak On Young Thug: "He's The Real Deal"
    As of late, the rap world's been buzzing with opinions about the most alien of the ATLiens, Young Thug. Some have been slow to warm to his offbeat, unorthodox approach to rapping, but others, like recent collaborator A-Trak, see him as a luminary in the rap game.
  • Cover of Stream Blu's New Album "Good To Be Home"
    Blu is a rapper who's been knocking around Los Angeles' underground for over ten years, releasing a wealth of EPs, albums and mixtapes during that time. His latest, Good To Be Home, will be officially released on Monday, May 19th, but the double disc project is now streaming in full on SoundCloud.
  • Cover of DJ Premier Reveals Mysterious New Project, Talks Nas Album
    DJ Premier has made his name in the game, and pretty much anything he releases at this point has a certain level of prestige to it. In a new interview with Life + Times, the producer spoke on two planned projects, one much more complete than the other. 
  • Cover of 50 Cent Reveals "Animal Ambition" Tracklist [Update: Deluxe Tracklist Revealed]
    50 Cent's Animal Ambition will hit shelves on June 3rd, and while we've heard a good deal of its tracks, the complete tracklist has been a mystery up to this point. But today, the album's back cover leaked, giving us all a good look at the tracks' names and features that will appear on it.
  • Cover of Problem Responds To YG Diss
    Earlier this year, YG stirred up some beef on his Hot 97 freestyle, lobbing subtle disses at fellow Golden State residents Tyga and Problem. Now, Problem has spoken on the diss in a new interview, and he doesn't seem that bothered by it.
  • Cover of DJ Mustard Vs. Mike WiLL Made It: Who Has More Hits?
    One of the many unsung players in the game of hip-hop is the producer. So many of us tune into some music not even listening to the artist in question, but dancing along to the beat, most likely created by an entirely different person.
  • Cover of First Week Projections For Iggy Azalea's "The New Classic" & Future's "Honest"
    Iggy Azalea's The New Classic and Future's Honest both hit shelves yesterday, on April 22nd. The albums are vastly different and both attract a different kind of rap fan. So who is able to sell more to their respective fans?
  • Cover of CyHi The Prynce Announces New Tour Dates
    Almost three months after dropping his mixtape Hystori: Black History Project CyHi The Prynce is ready to take the mixtape on the road for a quick 12-date tour run.
  • Cover of Kirko Bangz Talks On "Bigger Than Me", Slated For June Release
    Kirko Bangz surprised fans at the end of March when he decided to deliver an all-freestyles mixtape in his Progression series, Progression 4.
  • Cover of G.O.O.D. Producer Evian Christ Sheds Light On Kanye West's Upcoming Album
    You may not recognize the name Evian Christ, although you probably should as he's a producer signed to G.O.O.D. music and part of Ye's Very G.O.O.D. Beats production team.
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