• What Kanye West's 3 New Songs Tell Us About His Album
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    Yesterday, amid flamethrower bursts and a gaggle of up-and-coming grime artists, Kanye West debuted the third song we've heard from his upcoming album thus far. The confrontational, hard-hitting "All Day" ran counter to its two almost drum-less predecessors, "Only One" and "Wolves," and got the sub-section of Kanye fans who were displeased with those first two offerings back into an excited...
  • Review: Big Sean's "Dark Sky Paradise"
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    Critics are always fighting conflicting urges. On the one hand, there's the need to be objective and evaluate each work on its own merits. On the other, there's the desire to fit each new release from an artist into an over-arcing career narrative. The trick is to find a balance between the two. This is especially hard to do with Big Sean, largely because his story so far has been one of success...
  • #TBT: Nate Dogg Originals
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    Last month we took a look at Nate Dogg's dopest features, but the late legend put out some incredible work of his own too. We felt it was only right to take a look at 10 originals Nate Dogg put out, including ones released by 213, his group with Snoop Dogg and Warren G. Nate Dogg released three albums in addition to that 213 LP, each with a sound of its own. Of course Nate Dogg was best known...
  • Samples Of The Week: February 26 (Big Sean Edition)
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    Dark Sky Paradise dropped earlier this week, with Big Sean set to move just under 150,000 copies, and now comes time to break it down on "Samples Of The Week." Although the album is a bit darker and more modern-sounding than Hall Of Fame and Finally Famous, it still makes use of some dope samples, with producers Kanye West and Key Wane digging some gold out of the crates. We already covered...
  • Kanye West's 5 Most Noteworthy Interviews
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    We've reached a day and age when a new Kanye West interview is an event in and of itself. Thanks in part to his iconic "George Bush hates black people" quip in 2005 and a pair of headline-worthy outbursts two years ago, Mr. West now commands millions of peoples' attention every time he makes an appearance on a talk show, even when the discussion centers on something as inconsequential as a...
  • Childish Gambino's Most Unexpected Career Moves
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    Yesterday, we learned that Donald Glover might not be calling himself Childish Gambino for much longer. As that's the only rap name we know him by, this came as a bit of a shock, but it's far from the first surprising move of his career. Ever the unconventional MC, Gambino is always throwing people for a loop, whether due to unexpected collaborations, attention-getting soundbites from...
  • Big Sean's "Dark Sky Paradise" By The Numbers
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    After months of singles, promotion and interviews, yesterday marked the release of Big Sean's hotly-anticipated third album, Dark Sky Paradise. Packing in tons of witty wordplay, Sean Don made what is probably the best album of his young career, and now comes the time to break the whole deluxe edition down in a new edition of "By The Numbers." This time, in addition to lyrics, we look at the...
  • Top Tracks of the Week: February 17- February 24
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    Here it is, our weekly rundown of the best of our Top 20. Please keep in mind this list was culled from the top of our charts, so more popular artists are more likely to be represented. For a look at under-the-radar tracks, check out Underrated Audio. This week was taken over by Big Sean and the City of Atlanta. The top of our chart's features a number of tracks from the Detroit native and the...
  • 5 Reasons You Should Be Listening To Peewee Longway
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    In an Atlanta currently populated with colorful stars such as Migos, Rich Homie Quan, Young Thug and Rome Fortune, Peewee Longway tends to slip under the radar. He's not as prolific as his peers, has yet to score a big radio hit and had the misfortune of being signed to 1017 Records just as Gucci Mane went away to prison, all of which make him less visible to the public. But even with those...
  • #Omeeka: A History Of Meek Mill's Thirst For Nicki Minaj
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    It's just been announced that Meek Mill will support Nicki on the "Pinkprint" tour. Judging by his personality, Meek is no "opening act," but for Nicki, he'll gladly make an exception. In his own words, Nicki Minaj is "da best female ever". That tweet was from three years ago, and Meek's thirst goes back even further than that. Meek first tweeted about Nicki in October of 2009.  Now, it's...
  • Remix Fix: Team Supreme Takes On Tweet & Missy Elliott's "Oops"
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    In 2002, one-hit-wonder Tweet, dropped that one hit that jumped to number one on Billboard' hip hop chart and all the way to lucky number seven on the hot 100 chart. "Oops" featuring the Queen of the millennium, Missy Elliot, and produced by Timbaland, was played more on the radio than any other hit that year (if my memory serves me correctly), as it was remixed by several star rappers like...
  • Chris Brown & Tyga's 5 Most Memorable Collaborations
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    Whether they're teaming up against Drake on Hot 97 or popping bottles together in the club, Chris Brown and Tyga have had quite the bromance going for a number of years now. Along with scandals and drama galore, the duo are also responsible for some of the finest pop-rap tunes in the last five years. Today marks the release of their new joint project Fan Of A Fan: The Album, so we thought we'd...
  • Review: Joey Fatt's "Ill Street Blues"
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    Straight out of Long Beach, CA, Joey Fatts is the epitome of a rapper from the streets. He tells his story of being raised in the same neighborhood that was home to hip hop legends Snoop Dogg and Nate Dogg on Ill Streets Blues. Similar to them, he is able to inspire and motivate with lyrics that detail the hard work, dedication, and heart necessary to make it out of the streets. In recent...
  • Big Sean's Best Wordplay On "Dark Sky Paradise"
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    Big Sean has always been a gifted wordsmith. Puns, metaphors, similes--you name it. On occasion, though, he's been guilty of reaching: "ass-quake, ass-tate, ass-tray..." He's better than that. And on Dark Sky Paradise he proves it. Lyrically, this is Sean's deepest work, but he doesn't ditch the wordplay games. In fact, some of these bars are his wittiest ever. These rhymes will have you doing...
  • Contest: Win Tickets To Lil Durk's NYC Show Tonight
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    Last month Lil Durk announced his "Everywhere I Go" tour dates, which found the rapper hitting both the South and the East Coast. Today Lil Durk is bringing his "Everywhere I Go" tour to New York, and if you live in the city and don't have plans tonight we got you-- we're giving away a pair of tickets to tonight's show, put on by Live Nation. The NYC show goes down at Gramercy Theatre tonight,...
  • Classic Rotation: Eminem's "Slim Shady LP"
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    "In my entire career in the music industry, I have never found anything from a demo tape or a CD. When Jimmy played [Eminem’s demo], I said, 'Find him. Now.'” -Dr. Dre Few men have had the kind of impact on hip-hop history like Eminem has. Actually, it’s arguable that no man has ever had that kind of impact. Slim Shady LP, the commercial debut album from Marshall Mathers took...
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