• WEED TALK With Smoke DZA: Blunts Vs. Papers, Favorite Strain, Being The "KushedGod" & More
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    Photos By Cyril Agard & Kevin Mo. We had the opportunity to chill backstage during Wiz Khalifa and ASAP Rocky's Under The Influence Tour, and encountered Smoke DZA in his usual state (high) doing what he usually does (blazing). You know we had to pick the KushedGod's brain, and what better subject to tackle than weed? The master told us about perfecting his rolling...
  • 13 Rappers Featured On Reality TV
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    Reality television shows became popular after the launch of MTV’s The Real World in 1992. Then came the wildly well liked Survivor and Big Brother, and from then on reality tv has been infiltrating our televisions sets. With the reality television trend comes other trends, such as rappers who have their own reality shows or are featured in them. One of the first reality shows that starred...
  • The TDE Timeline: A Magnified Look At Top Dawg's Rise To The Top
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    For Top Dawg Entertainment, it's been all grind. A decade ago, Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith began building the groundwork for the independent label. The first artist signed by Tiffith was Watts, Los Angeles rapper Jay Rock. The next was K-Dot, a king now known as Kendrick Lamar. From there TDE's success gradually snowballed, effectively becoming the West Coast powerhouse they are today.  Thus...
  • Review: Logic's "Welcome to Forever"
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    Throughout Welcome to Forever Robert Bryson Hall II reflects upon the last year of his career. The opening title track recalls when Logic met Nas for the first time in the line, “Shook his hand then he started quoting my lines? God damn this is real life!” A certain hunger and drive are present in the Maryland native's voice. The intensity and the leisurely style that he rhymes with have...
  • 25 Professional Wrestling References in Hip Hop
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    Professional wrestling and hip hop – sounds like an odd combination, but the two cultures that have a lot in common and quite a lot of respect for each others craft. Wrestling federations, whether it has been WWE, WCW, or TNA have all dabbled in hip hop. These companies have frequently collaborated with the genre to make some dope theme tunes for wrestlers. You may also recall that some...
  • Review: Curren$y's "The Drive In Theatre"
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    Only a handful of artists release as much content as Curren$y does. Some can match the quantity, but none can top the quality. Spitta Andretti is known for releasing album-quality mixtapes at a constant rate, giving fans all they can digest. 2013’s New Jet City was one of the hottest mixtapes of the year, and his latest offering The Drive In Theatre doesn’t disappoint either. The...
  • 11 Best Drake "Nothing Was The Same" Memes
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    Drake unveiled the artwork for the standard and deluxe editions of his new album Nothing Was The Same this past week. As with all things Drake, memes soon ensued. Like with Drizzy's Take Care art, people were polarized with their thoughts on it. Is it dope? Is it weird? Is it art? We'll let you have that discussion in the comments. For now, click through some of the best memes we found...
  • The Value Of Rap Music
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    “You are all...” We are all here. Reading, trolling, complaining, praising, and generally over and under reacting to the apparently endless stream of consciousness that has enveloped rap music. We have long entered the invisible whirlwind of the growing existential crisis called hip-hop fandom, from the “hip-hop head” that knows where every sample in every track ever...
  • Charts Don’t Lie: May 4
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    This week three new rappers entered the Billboard 200, with Future's Honest topping them all sales-wise (we'll let you be the judge on the music). Asher Roth, who has calmed way down from his College Rap days, moved under 10,000 units with his new album RetroHash, released independently. Future and Iggy Azalea also came in neck-and-neck with their respective albums Honest and The New Classic....
  • Joey Bada$$ Announces "Summer Knights" EP - Tracklist & Features Revealed
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    Following the release of the visuals to "Hilary $wank" today, Joey Bada$$ is announcing a followup EP to his Summer Knights mixtape.  The project will feature five cuts from the mixtape, and two new joints, "My Jeep" and "My Yout."  Slated for an October 29th release date, the Summer Knights EP will feature 7 tracks.  This borrows its name from a cut off Joey's fantastic 1999...
  • Charts Don’t Lie: June 29
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    This week J. Lo returns to the Billboard 200, although her opening week numbers are not as strong as previous releases from the pop star. Back in the 2000s when J. Lo was really in her prime (although we cannot deny she is still looking hot these days), the singer would easily sell upwards of 200,000 units opening week. However her comeback album, A.K.A., didn't even manage to break the 50k mark....
  • Breakthrough Artists Of 2013
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    As the Internet expands and social media continues to bring us all closer together, more and more artists are able to attain widespread exposure, for better or worse. Not only are we introduced to new voices every year, progressively-minded veterans continue to join the digital renaissance as well, and there are those who distinguish themselves from the pack, leaving a greater impression than...
  • Classic Rotation: Big L's "Lifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerous"
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    Big L was a New York ‘representer’ straight from the danger zone of Harlem, and in the words of my father, who hung out with the young Lamont Coleman in the 90’s: “Big L was a charismatic and cool cat back then. A humble hustler who had bars.” Prior to the classic Lifestylez Ov Da Poor and Dangerous, Big L made a name for himself as a problem in the battle...
  • Classic Rotation: Nas' "Illmatic" 20 Years Later
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    Yeah, yeah, it's been twenty years and you're old now. Twenty years since those early copies of Illmatic graced those long-lost, seemingly eternally dusty, record store shelves (remember record stores? Yikes - it really has been twenty years) and showed some cats, and later the rest of the world, what Hip Hop was really supposed to sound like. This is the record that fashioned Nas as a permanent...
  • This Is Hot 97: Interview With The Morning Show Hosts
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    In case y'all were wondering about VH1's new reality series "This Is Hot97", our very own Ashlee Ray recently caught up with the principal cast in New York City for an in-depth interview. The program stars the staff from the pioneering hip-hop radio station, with Ebro, Peter Rosenberg and Cipha Sounds at the forefront. They discuss a big career move on Ebro's part, Rihanna's...
  • Review: Tyga's "Well Done 4" Mixtape
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    Tyga has been a very busy man. After banking more than a few racks after his massively successful 2011 strip club banger "Rack City", Tyga (aka Michael Ray Nguyen-Stevenson) has showed no signs of slowing down. The California native dropped his third album Hotel California earlier this year, and has decided to end 2013 on a strong note with the release of the fourth instalment in his Well Done...
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