Stay Sober: Rappers Who Don't Smoke Or Drink

Drugs are everywhere in hip-hop. Whether they're mentioned on the radio, seen in music videos, or smuggled into concerts, drugs are pretty much unavoidable in the genre. Weed, lean, pills, coke,...

  • Stay Sober: Rappers Who Don't Smoke Or Drink
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    Drugs are everywhere in hip-hop. Whether they're mentioned on the radio, seen in music videos, or smuggled into concerts, drugs are pretty much unavoidable in the genre. Weed, lean, pills, coke, booze, shrooms, you name it, dope's not to hard to find. Many rappers, like Juicy J or Lil Wayne, have made it clear in their music that they love getting fucked up. Despite the popularity of drugs in...
  • Charts Don’t Lie: February 15
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    Kid Ink's sophomore effort hit the Billboard 200 this week, although it didn't perform quite as well as his debut My Own Lane. My Own Lane pushed 50,000 copies out opening week, which was deemed a strong release, especially for an independently-signed rapper's debut. However, Full Speed moved less than 40k opening week. The album itself is exactly what you expect to hear from Ink, with a lot of...
  • Samples Of The Week: February 19
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    With an unexpectedly sample-heavy release from Drake blowing up your newsfeeds all week, we have a wealth of tracks to pick from for Samples Of The Week. We could've easily devoted this entire thing to If You're Reading This It's Too Late, but we thought we'd spare you another feature article on Drake. Still, one or two songs from the tape are included on here. Elsewhere, CyHi The Prynce...
  • 10 Essential OG Maco Tracks
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    OG Maco is a really interesting, rising star in the rap scene. His music video "U Guessed It" garnered 21 million plays on YouTube since it was uploaded five months ago, and he has been on everyone's mind ever since. While his style can be pinned down as aggressive staccato rapping, OG Maco keeps us guessing. His Breathe EP is surprisingly well-spoken and intelligent, as the young ATLien raps...
  • 0 To 100 Moments In Hip-Hop
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    With technology at the forefront of our lives, any and everything that has happened in the world of hip hop over the course of 2014 spread through the webosphere in no time. By the end of 2013 thousands were quoting "you ain't got the answers Sway" from Kanye's infamous sit down interview on SiriusXM's Sway in the Morning, leaving a tough viral moment to outdo. But from rappers...
  • 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...
  • Hip-Hop Valentine's Day Cards To Give Your Bae
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    Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and if you left your card shopping to last minute (cause really, who doesn't?), we've rounded up some hip-hop-themed Valentine's Day cards for you and your girl/boy.  Although the holiday is basically a marketing ploy for brands to make you spend unnecessary amounts of money, everyone enjoys receiving a card and it costs very little, while still...
  • 140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (January 30)
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    Big Sean dropped some heat. Meek Mill dropped some heat. Kanye West? Eh. He was lukewarm, but at least he's still dropping new material. Still, it wasn't too bad of a week for hip-hop, which helps since the we're probably going to be shaking our fists at whatever goes down at the Grammys. That's not until Feb. 8. For now, let's enjoy the week with 140 Bars Or Less.
  • The Cash Money Timeline
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    The story of two brothers who came from nothing, from a city far off the hip-hop radar, and built an empire. But they didn’t do it alone. Brothers Bryan “Baby” Williams (who we now know as Birdman), age 22, and Ronald “Slim” Williams, age 24, wanted to get out of their projects and build a better life for their family and friends in Magnolia and the surrounding...
  • Rise & Grind: 15 Songs To Start Your Day
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    Waking up isn't always easy. Why would anyone want to leave the comfort of their warm bed to enter out in to the world? It almost doesn't make sense when you think about it. But we all have responsibilities, and we can't waste our entire lives away sleeping! Music can certainly help. Upbeat instrumentals and motivating lyrics can take place of coffee, or at least accompany the cup of joe as you...
  • Hip-Hop Ink: Gang Tattoos Explained
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    In recent years, hip-hop artists have become more and more tatted as the trend continues to grow. Once upon a time, the average rapper may have had a few selective tats on their bodies, but it's now a usual sight to see emcees with fully tatted chests, sleeves, backs and even tattoos on the face. Artists such as 50 Cent, Tyga, Lil Wayne and Wiz Khalifa exhibit this perfectly. The choice of...
  • Juicy J's 5 Most Ratchet Mixtapes
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    Were it not for Juicy J, "ratchet" would not be nearly as popular a term as it currently is. He certainly wasn't the first to use the word, but over the course of his late-career comeback, has became forever associated with it thanks to frequent usage and that iconic "You say no to ratchet pussy, Juicy J can't" line in "Bandz A Make Her Dance" (also, who could forget the ratchet-as-hell...
  • Review: Juicy J's "Blue Dream & Lean 2"
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    In the era of Yeezus Christ and King Kendrick, it's easy to fall into the mindset that every hip-hop album should be an experiment in pushing hip-hop forward. Every track should ooze with idealism and what's new. This feeling goes double for mixtapes. Freed from the binds of needing to make something that is commercially viable, rappers are able to let their wildest experiments roam. If fans...
  • Most Anticipated Albums Of 2015
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    2014 is over and done with, and we the hip-hop community are moving onto greater endeavors. After an overall mediocre year for rap albums, 2015 is destined to be different. Hip-hop's biggest names are all scheduled to release albums this year, and the timing could not be more right. Today, who better than Rae Sremmurd to kick off the new year of releases with their debut album, Sremm Life. Only...
  • Oh Let's Duet: Most Unlikely Grammy Performance Pairings
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    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).  After several years of awkwardly sitting rap's biggest stars next to pop's schmaltziest, some enterprising show producer decided to bring that contrast to the main stage, throwing rap artists and pop artists...
  • 10 Essential Freddie Gibbs Tracks
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    Hailing from Gary, Indiana, Freddie Gibbs moved to Los Angeles in 2006 after he signed to Interscope Records. Things didn't work out with Interscope and Gibbs inked a deal with Young Jeezy's CTE label. Things didn't work out there either, but with the help of Madlib, Freddie Gibbs was on the tip of everyone's tongue last year, and founded his own imprint, ESGN. The collaborative album between...
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