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  • Cover of Assassin Details His Contribution To Kendrick Lamar's "The Blacker The Berry"
    Kendrick Lamar's new song "The Blacker The Berry" once again put the internet topsy-turvy, with the rapper dropping it the day after The Grammys and managing to take the spotlight away from the awards show, instead placing it on his powerful record.
  • Cover of Oh Let's Duet: Most Unlikely Grammy Performance Pairings
    The Grammys bring all of recorded popular music together under one roof. It's the only time you can see Snoop Dogg and Billy Joel at the same party (because Billy's a Piru for life). 
  • Cover of Kid Cudi Talks Playing A Gay Character In "James White", Cut Kissing Scenes
    While Cudi has seemingly been keeping a low profile from a public standpoint, it turns out he's been working hard on both acting and music in over the last year.
  • Cover of Trinidad James Reveals "No One Is SaFe" Tracklist & Cover Art
    Trinidad James announced a follow-up album to Don't Be S.A.F.E. a few weeks back, No One Is SaFe which the unsigned rapper is planning to drop for free today. 
  • Cover of Samples Of The Week: January 15
    When hip-hop began, samples were all that DJs and producers had to construct instrumental tracks with. They'd dig through crates of vinyl trying to find isolated drum breaks, melodies or vocals that they could repurpose for use in hip-hop music.
  • Cover of Top Tracks Of The Week: January 5-13
    Here it is, our weekly rundown of whats new and notable at the top of our charts.
  • Cover of DJ Mustard Explains How He And YG Squashed Their Beef
    Last week, we were shocked to see YG and DJ Mustard, the bread and butter of L.A.'s rap scene last year, engaging in some light beef on social media. It didn't last long, as Mustard quickly cleared the air with a post that proclaimed "Jokes on yall dick heads !!!!" and showed him and his lyrical ally back together.
  • Cover of Trinidad James Announces "No One Is SaFe" Album, Featuring Big K.R.I.T. & More
    After two years of languishing in major label world, Trinidad James has regained his independence and hit the ground running. Just a week into 2015, we've already gotten one EP from him (The WAKE Up) and now we know we'll have an additional full-length project in less than two weeks.
  • Cover of Boldy James Taps Nas, Kevin Gates, Snootie Wild & More For "Trapper's Alley 2," Reveals Release Date
    Boldy James is probably a rapper you're still sleeping on, so in an effort to wake you up, we featured the Detroit native in our first video episode of On The Come Up. Boldy stopped by the office while he was doing a press run in New York and gave us the scoop on everything you should know about this ConCreature.
  • Cover of Samples Of The Week: November 27
    When hip-hop began, samples were all that DJs and producers had to construct instrumental tracks with. They'd dig through crates of vinyl trying to find isolated drum breaks, melodies or vocals that they could repurpose for use in hip-hop music.
  • Cover of Stream/Download James Fauntleroy's Free Album "The Warmest Winter Ever"
    James Fauntleroy has been working as a songwriter behind the scenes for some time, but in the last year or so we've really seen him come into the foreground of the music industry. Appearing on tracks like Drake's "Girls Love Beyonce", J.
  • Cover of #TBT: RUN-DMC's Hottest Tracks
    In 1981, three Queens, New Yorkers got together to unknowingly change the course of music history. RUN-DMC is inarguably one of the greatest music groups of all time, and most definitely in the upper echelon of contributors to the hip-hop culture.
  • Cover of Nicki Minaj Tapped For SNL Appearance In December
    As Nicki Minaj gears up for her new album, The Pinkprint, she's lined up a second visit to Saturday Night Live. She'll serve as the show's musical guest on December 6th, which is nine days before her album drops.
  • Cover of Classic Rotation: Beastie Boys' "Licensed to Ill"
    Rap’s early origins, if we are being historically correct, were partially nurtured by punk and new wave, coming out of rebellious Manhattan kids (and those influenced by the music coming out of the area).
  • Cover of Jose Guapo Announces Controversial "Osama Bin Guapo" Mixtape
    If you're looking for a news story to parody or riff on, 9/11 is rarely the right choice.
  • Cover of No I.D. Promoted To Head Of A&R At Def Jam
    Dion “No I.D.” Wilson has been behind some of the hottest projects of the year via Def Jam, like Logic’s Under Pressure and Common’s Nobody Smiling, and now he’s getting rewarded for his outstanding work.
  • Cover of Jhené Aiko Refuses To Perform At Def Jam's 30th Anniversary Concert After A Member Of Her Team Was "Assaulted"
    Earlier this year, Def Jam unveiled a STACKED lineup for their 30th anniversary concert, with performances by Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Fabolous, DMX, Foxy Brown, Jhené Aiko, Onyx, Method Man, Redman, Ashanti, Ja Rule, Warren G, EPMD, and Jeremih scheduled for the event, which took place Thursday Night at Barcla
  • Cover of Def Jam CEO Says Kanye West's New Album Is "Incredible"
    The third-party news keeps coming in on Kanye West's new album. Has everyone heard it except for the masses? While 'Ye himself refuses to speak out on the album, his team has been talking every chance they get (kinda). Today we hear from the CEO of Def Jam on what the highly anticipated album sounds like.
  • Cover of Dave East Signs To Nas' Mass Appeal Label
    Over the course of the past few months, Nas has been beefing up the roster of his relatively new Mass Appeal label with his favorite underground artists, signing Boldy James, Fashawn, Bishop Nehru and Run The Jewels. Now, MTV reports that Harlem's Dave East has joined the label's crop of signees. 
  • Cover of Seth Rogen & James Franco Detail Kanye West's Reaction To "Bound 2" Parody
    Seth Rogen and James Franco are out and about promoting their highly-controversial new film The Interview. Talking backstage at "The Tonight Show," Franco detailed Kanye West's reaction to the parody video that he and Rogen produced late last year.
  • Cover of Jamie Foxx, 2 Chainz & DJ Mustard Sued For "Party Ain't A Party"
    Just a week ago, Jamie Foxx, 2 Chainz and DJ Mustard linked up on a song called "Party Ain't A Party" that, in addition to sharing a name with a '90s hit, may be a complete rip off.
  • Cover of Stream Luke James' Self-Titled Album
    On September 23rd, relative newcomer Luke James will release his self-titled debut album, and a week ahead of time, he's made the whole project available for streaming on his YouTube channel. Featuring an assist from Rick Ross on the single "Options," the tracklist is below.
  • Cover of Vince Staples Details "Hell Can Wait" EP, With Guest Spots From A$ton Matthews & Teyana Taylor
    Ever since we were introduced to him on Earl Sweatshirt's 2010 debut, Vince Staples has been making increasingly more noise in the rap game with each passing year. This year, the 21-year-old put out his mixtape Shyne Coldchain Vol.
  • Cover of Stream Curtis Williams' "Danco James" Mixtape
    Curtis Williams released his highly underrated mixtape, Half Forgotten Daydreams just over a year ago.
  • Cover of Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Fabolous, DMX And More To Play Def Jam 30th Anniversary Concert
    Earlier this summer, The Source announced a huge hip-hop concert, set to hit Brooklyn's Barclay's Center on September 20th, and now Def Jam has one occurring less than a month later at the same venue.
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