• Whose Side Are You On? "Drake Vs. Lil Wayne" Concert Recap
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    I Am Music. The title of Lil Wayne’s 2008-2009 national tour needed no further explanation. Wayne, who had just released his Grammy Award-winning album Tha Carter III, had the rap game on lockdown. Using binoculars, it still would’ve been hard to see stragglers such as actor-turned-rapper Drizzy Drake in Wayne’s rearview. Drake, who hadn’t yet released his 2009...
  • Review: Wiz Khalifa's "Blacc Hollywood"
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    We all know the story with Wiz and his albums, it's a tale as old as time. He goes super, extra hard on his mixtapes to shut up the critics who talked bad about his albums, only to make some of the same mistakes on the next album. It's a vicious cycle, that we're only escaping gradually, in baby steps. Rolling Papers was what the label wanted Wiz to be, and he acknowledged and atoned for...
  • Top 10: Sophomore Albums Of The 2000s
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    In music we tend to glorify the debut album, always craving the newest and shiniest thing out. The downside of that is usually we're slightly disappointed in the follow up sophomore album, possibly what led to the phenomenon known as the "sophomore slump". Our expectations are set so high that we tend to discount the second effort, sometimes leading us to be pleasantly surprised by the third...
  • Major Money: Rappers Who Signed Million-Dollar Deals
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    What most music fans don’t know is that a major record label deal is not guaranteed change in your pocket. A recording contract is essentially a legal agreement which allows the record label to exploit an artist’s work through recorded material. This includes the album’s release, promotion, marketing, sales… you name it. The price tag set on the deal merely highlights the...
  • Most Educated Rappers
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    With school back in session, we've decided to take a look at some of the rappers with college educations. Ashlee Ray goes through the list of both graduates, and College Dropouts in her latest video. Some of them may surprise you! Check it out below.
  • Mixtape Photoshop Fails
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    Mixtapes have long been effective for staying grounded in the modern landscape of hip-hop. Borrowing popular beats and enlisting a roster of peers for guest verses are mainstay mechanisms for sustaining relevancy in the rap game. Another pillar of the mixtape hustle is the project's original (debatable) cover art, a historically adventurous creative expression. Recently we found out that Young...
  • The G-Unit Freestyles: Vote For Your Favorite
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    For the past two weeks, we've been polling you on your favorite versions of popular tracks. Last week Kevin Gates (somewhat surprisingly) took the cake in the "Cut Her Off" battle, and the week prior, G-Unit won the "0 To 100" contest by a landslide. Due to the overwhelmingly positive reception of Fif and Co.'s ongoing reunion, we though we'd make things a little trickier by making y'all choose...
  • 20 Vintage Photos Of Rap Legends Together Part 2
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    Back in October we decided to comb through the interwebs and provide you with a gallery of twenty vintage photos of some of your favorite rap legends together. The gallery included throwback photos of Tupac with Snoop Dogg, Jay Z with Diddy and Aaliyah, Lil Kim and Left Eye, Eminem with Timbaland, Missy Elliott and Aaliyah and many more, making for quite the viewing experience.  Everyone...
  • Top 10: Rap Interludes
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    The interlude has always been an opportunity for an artist to switch up the vibe of their album and transition from one style to another. Sometimes they're musical, sometimes they're a humorous skit (or not so much) thrown in for comic relief. Hip Hop albums have had interludes for a long time, but they're transformed slightly during this current generation of the genre. The skit has almost...
  • Vote For Your Favorite Drake Feature Of 2014
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    Without releasing an album, Drake has completely dominated the first two thirds or so of 2014, staying on the tip of everyone's tongues by delivering unexpected fireballs like "0 To 100/The Catch Up" and "Draft Day." But more so than anything else, the reason Drake's been able to stay relevant this year is his insane gift for picking features. Anytime a "feat. Drake" pops up on a track, it's an...
  • Top 10: Hottest Songs Of 2014 So Far
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    While 2013 may have been the year of the album, with heavyweights like Jay Z, Eminem, and Kanye West all dropping new projects, 2014 is the year of the monster song. From all the way back in January until now, we've been bombarded with heat, one trending song after the next. We figure the rest of the year will be a lot more of the same (see our Top 10 most anticipated albums list) so we wanted to...
  • Top 10: Jay Z's Best Post-Retirement Verses
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    When dissecting a massive catalog such as Hov's to rank his best verses, you really have to break it up. It would be like ranking the Top 10 sports cars ever made, you'd have to go by decade to make it more feasible. So we've decided to tackle everything Tha God MC has done post-retirement, Kingdom Come and forward to the present. Obviously, we're ignoring about a decade's worth of...
  • Ridiculous Rapper Baby Names
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    When a rapper has a kid, you can pretty much guarantee that they won't be opting for those normal, everyday names. The average hip hop artist-- this seems to ring true for your average celebrity as well-- will do their utmost to make sure it is unique Just like most celebs these days, we've seen a trend among rappers of giving your children unorthodox names.  What they are inspired by has...
  • SportsCenter Anchors Who Love Hip-Hop
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    Hip-hop and professional sports are more similar than you might think. Both fields are competitive, exciting, and allow for great debates. Rappers are often seen interacting with world class athletes, such as Lil Wayne hanging out with Cristiano Ronaldo, 50 Cent breaking bread with Floyd “Money” Mayweather, or Drake taking pictures with whoever won that evening. Either way, sports and...
  • Charts Don’t Lie: August 3
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    As an actor, Common has definitely been in some major mainstream flicks and get his due recognition for it. As a rapper, Common borders on the underground/conscious scene, although he's not fully immersed in it because he does do double duty acting. Nonetheless, this is often reflected in his album sales-- he's not the kind of artist to do crazy big numbers, although both Be and Finding Forever...
  • The Five Percent Nation: A Brief History Lesson
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    Last week, at the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival, Jay Electronica gave fans a set to remember as he brought out labelmate Jay Z, Mac Miller, J. Cole, and Talib Kweli. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Jay is an elusive rapper and producer who joined Jay Z’s Roc Nation roster label in 2010. While it was impressive that Hov made a guest appearance during Jay Elect's set, something else stood out...
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