Charts Don’t Lie: March 9

There are only two new entries within the top 10 of the Billboard 200 this week, and they belong to two rappers: ScHoolboy Q and Kid Cudi. As we said last week, Q was projected to move 150-160k, but...

  • Charts Don’t Lie: March 9
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    There are only two new entries within the top 10 of the Billboard 200 this week, and they belong to two rappers: ScHoolboy Q and Kid Cudi. As we said last week, Q was projected to move 150-160k, but fell slightly under that by moving 138,950 copies opening week. This was nevertheless an extremely strong showing from the TDE rapper, which gave him his first #1 debut as well as that of the label's....
  • Top 20 Hottest Video Game Soundtracks
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    Nothing shows the colossal growth of hip-hop and rap music over the last 40 years than its prevalence in video games. What could only be seen has an odd pairing at best has turned into one of the most successful cross-cultural relationships in entertainment. You have video games, a burgeoning subculture on its own, and the stereotypical pass time of the basement-dweller; and rap, the ostracized...
  • Fantasy Street Fights: 20 Rapper Match-Ups [Update: Winners Announced]
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    Well, shout out Herm Edwards for this one! You guys have been asking us to do a street fight match-up for rappers, so we came through.  We've pitted rapper against rapper, based loosely off the size/height (and in some cases relationships) of each rapper, to make for a fair fight. There are 20 different match-ups for you to weigh in on. Vote for who you think would beat who in a street...
  • It's Yo Birthday: Top 10 Nelly Tracks
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    Entrepreneur, actor, and Grammy Award winning recording artist, Nelly has become a brand due to giving listeners chart-topping hit after hit while maintaining impressive album sales. Ruling the early 2000’s with his smooth flow, southern swag, catchy hooks, and strong verses, the Texas-born rapper turns 38 today.  In honor of the MO legend's birthday, we are taking a look at ten of his best...
  • Review: CyHi The Prynce's "Ivy League Club"
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    Yeezy always has an ace up his sleeve, however, when it comes to his signee CyHi he’s got two royal flushes and a jack of all trades. Yes, the Prynce comes with a loaded deck. Ever since leaping into the limelight he’s been relentless with his craft.  On the road to a Cruel Summer he’s released Ivy League Club.This twenty-one track outing sees the Georgian getting guttural on a...
  • Hip-Hop's New Year's Eve: Rappers Celebrate 2014
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    As we continue to recover from New Year's Eve festivities, memories from the evening are slowly coming back to us. Despite how hype you believe your night was, it probably can't compare to the level at which the rap game's elite partied. From Rihanna's elaborate New York City penthouse bash to Diddy's star-studded party at the Versace mansion in Miami, no one turns up quite like the urban...
  • 140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (February 22-28)
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    Dissecting the foibles of the hip hop community as expressed in under 140 characters on Twitter. Not just used as a device to flood people's timelines with your new track, album, video, or clothing line, sometimes rappers truly channel the unfiltered interaction with fans. Each week we take a look at some of the most memorable twitter moments from some of the genres biggest personalities. This...
  • The Progression Of Fantastic Flows
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    Soooo, I was assigned an article about tracing the origin of a lot of the flows in hip hop to different regions around the country. Originally, I thought that would be fairly easy to do, and to a certain extent it is, but the article really went in a different direction the more research I was doing. While there are clear regional influences in today's music, it's almost minimal in the grand...
  • #TBT: J. Dilla
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    James Yancey accomplished more with his 32 years on this planet than most people could do with 5 lifetimes. He cultivated a sound that has influenced the finest producers of today. Enough can't be said about this man's influence. Dudes like ?uestlove and Kanye West, who are amongst the most influential members of the hip-hop culture, damn-near worship the ground this dude walked on....
  • Samples Of the Week: August 28
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    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. Today, sampling has become less common, but a choice sample can still push a track from lukewarm to hot faster than you can say "uh-huh...
  • A History Of RnBeef
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    Hey, Hip-Hop heads, enthusiasts, casual observers, etc.; ever wonder about the great feuds betwixt R&B legends? If you weren’t, that might be due to the fact that there aren't very many. However, as dedicated to the collection and compilation of all things vaguely urban as we are, we’ve spawned a list with what we’ve found. As R. Kelly once said, "You don't want...
  • 5 Hip-Hop Tours That Are Worth The Ticket Price
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    Lets be real, most of us can't even afford to buy CDs at retail value. At least that's what we tell ourselves as we pirate just about every record we can get our hands on. That being said, there are some things in life that just aren't accessible for free on the internet no matter how badly we want them to be. One of those things is food. Another is live performances. "Bullshit! 50 is streaming...
  • Top Tracks Of The Week: April 13-20
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    This feature highlights a hand-picked selection of some of the bigger tracks of the week. We have chosen a few of the tracks that landed within our top 10 most played, focusing on those that stood out, and left room for discussion. Once again, this particular feature is cataloguing the most POPULAR songs on the site, for some of the more overlooked tracks, check out Underrated Audio. This...
  • Hottie Vs Hottie: Rihanna's "Pour It Up" Vs Wale's "Clappers"
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    Which collective of Hotties was more banging, Rihanna's collective of pole dancers or Nicki Minaj and her voluptuous crew?  Make sure to vote below and tell us which video was more turnt up!   Also, enjoy the photos and gifs in galleries for both videos.  And if you're really not sure, we've posted both music videos in the article as well.  Have a closer look.
  • Ab-Soul Talks On Upcoming Project & Confusion Surrounding Title, Isaiah Rashad & "Unit 6"
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    Ab-Soul is currently on a headlining tour with Joey Bada$$ and Chevy Woods (as well as Pro Era and The Underachievers) for the annual Smokers Club Tour. The tour only kicked off this past week, and we had the chance to catch up with Soulo while he was on the road.  The TDE spitter recently caused a little commotion when he announced that he was working on a new project on Twitter, but he...
  • The Game Shows Off Sick "Red October" Jordan 11s
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    Red October continues to haunt us, this time The Game go into the action with a sizzling hot pair of "Red October" Air Jordan 11s. The pair, complete with a snakeskin for patent leather swap, also features the iconic gold tip laces found on the Yeezy II. Black inner lining and branding at the 3rd lace slot serve as the only contrast from these bloody onslaught. No word on who's responsible for...
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