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  • Cover of 140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (October 24)
    This week on hip-hop: Labels, labels, labels. Either because the record heads can't get it together or the artists don't want to play the game, the past couple of days saw two rappers at odds with their respective labels. Chief Keef is on the verge of getting dropped from Interscope.
  • Cover of Usher Covers Billboard Magazine
    Usher is the face of the latest issue of Billboard magazine, and with that comes an interview. During the interview Usher discusses his love life, which now includes Grace Miguel, a woman eight years his senior who also manages his career. He also talks about his delayed album.
  • Cover of Drill Alternatives: The Other Side Of Chicago Rap
    Commercial rap conversation often revolves around the same dozen or so artists, with the spotlight constricting further in regional rap discussions. This is especially true of Chicago.
  • Cover of Tory Lanez Talks Teyana Taylor, "Lost Cause" And Toronto's Music Scene
    Tory Lanez has worked hard to achieve a successful solo career, one that you think wouldn't necessitate a side gig, but it turns out the Toronto native also has a fairly prolific career ghostwriting for other artists. 
  • Cover of Review: T.I.'s "Paperwork"
    Following the release of T.I.’s last two somewhat lackluster albums, 2010's No Mercy and 2012's Trouble Man, combined with the rise of new age rap stars like Drake, Kendrick Lamar, J.
  • Cover of Jared Evan & Statik Selektah Announce New Album "Still Blue" [Update: Artwork And Tracklist Revealed]
    After having great success on their 2013 project Boom Bap & Blues, NYC artist Jared Evan and super-producer Statik Selektah have decided to join forces once again and release another new project together titled Still Blue.
  • Cover of Mac Miller Reportedly Signs $10 Million Deal With Warner Bros
    Mac Miller proved that a rapper can be successful as a completely independent artist, paving the way for artists like Macklemore who found similar benefits doing things on their own. This makes news that Mac has signed with Warner Bros. an even bigger deal, making this his first ever pairing with a major label.
  • Cover of 10 Essential Flying Lotus Hip-Hop Tracks
    Flying Lotus has been making brain-melting beats for about a decade now. The LA-based producer lives in the underground, but as the electronic music world has exploded, his music has gained the acclaim of critics and casual music listeners everywhere.
  • Cover of 140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (October 17)
    We live in strange times — times where 42-year-old OGs beef on Instagram with Australian pop rap artists in their 20s. This ain't fiction: Snoop Dogg and Iggy Azalea were going at it. The "beef" had one artist recalling one that she had with another OG from the south.
  • Cover of Cozz Announces Short November Tour
    Cozz successfully delivered his debut album on J. Cole's Dreamville imprint, Cozz & Effect, the other month. Although the rapper is still new to the game, he impressed with his polished raps and production. Now Cozz is prepared to head on the road for a short tour in support of the album.
  • Cover of Stream Gucci Mane's "Trap God 3"
    After momentarily hitting a stumbling block with Big Gucci Sosa, the collaborative tape with Chief Keef that was never released, Gucci Mane returns to his impeccably on-time release schedule for 2014.
  • Cover of Rick Ross Reveals Cover Art For "Hood Billionaire"
    Rick Ross has wasted no time in getting into the Hood Billionaire promo, and really, he doesn't have any time to waste considering it drops on November 24th.
  • Cover of BTS Photos: Kid Ink, Usher & Tinashe's "Body Language" Video
    Just over a month ago, Kid Ink dropped off the Usher and Tinashe-assisted "Body Language," the first single from his upcoming follow-up to My Own Lane, and now it looks as though a video's on its way.
  • Cover of Young Chop Reveals "Still" Album Artwork & Tracklist
    Young Chop has let loose the official tracklist and cover art for his upcoming sophomore LP Still. Ten tracks deep and including contributions from Chief Keef, Lil Durk, Fat Trel, Ty Dolla $ign, Cap 1, Lil Herb, and more, the project is slated to hit stores on October 28th.
  • Cover of 140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (October 11)
    The good news is that this week saw the release of Flying Lotus' You're Dead and Tinashe Aquarius. One is arguably one of the top three albums of the year and the other is a really good R&B album. But good music doesn't stop the world. As such, rappers have to continue to do rapper things.
  • Cover of King Louie Announces "Drilluminati 3: God Of Drill," Shares Artwork
    Although the dust is still settling on his summer mixtape Tony, King Louie is taking no time at all to announce a follow up, which will be the third installment in his Drilluminati series.
  • Cover of Review: Cozz's "Cozz & Effect"
    You can feel Cozz's hunger when listening to his music. It's easy to understand why J. Cole would want the youngster out of LA on his Dreamville/Interscope Label. Cozz has the lyrical trappings of a rapstar in the making.
  • Cover of A$AP Ferg Reveals He Has A Mixtape With DJ Drama In The Works
    Just yesterday, A$AP Ferg confirmed with XXL that his follow up album to Trap Lord is nearing completion. Now, in a separate interview with Ferg, the A$AP Mob rapper reveals he's got another project in the works, to precede his sophomore as-of-now-untitled album.
  • Cover of Rick Ross Announces New Track With Jay Z, "Movin' Base"
    Having released two tracks, "Elvis Presley BLVD" and "Keep Doin' That (Rich Bitch)," from his upcoming album Hood Billionaire (out November 24th), Rick Ross is back in full-on album promo mode.
  • Cover of Ghostface Killah Is Working On "Supreme Clientele 2"
    For Ghostfac Killah fans, the "best album" debate is a heated one.
  • Cover of Top 10 Chicago Drill Songs
    King Louie speaks the truth: “They say you can make it anywhere, if you make it in Chicago.” The city notoriously known as Chiraq has been long overshadowed by gang violence, and those fortunate enough to make it out the trap are considered heroes.
  • Cover of Drake Surpasses The Beatles' Number Of Billboard Hot 100 Singles
    Drake still may still be looking for a Hot 100 number one as a lead artist, but his sheer number of entries to the chart is nothing to scoff at. In fact, this week it saw him passing one of the biggest and most respected musical acts of all time. That's right, Drizzy now has more Hot 100 singles than The Beatles.
  • Cover of BEEN TRILL's Heron Preston Responds To ASAP Rocky Diss With New Shirt
    For the past few days, a "Flacko Jodye Season" countdown has been running. At midnight last night, the countdown revealed a brand new A$AP Rocky video, and upon first watch, the biggest takeaway was the rapper's shots fired at clothing brand, BEEN TRILL.
  • Cover of Stream Cozz's Debut On Dreamville, "Cozz & Effect"
    Last night at midnight, Cozz's debut album via the Dreamville imprint hit iTunes.
  • Cover of Big K.R.I.T. Reveals "Cadillactica" Tracklist [Update: Features & Artwork Revealed]
    Big K.R.I.T finally locked in a release date for his upcoming album, Cadillactica, last week. Following up his mixtape See Me On Top Vol. 4, the rapper took to Twitter to announce that fans can expect the album's impact on November 11th.
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