• Talking To Jarren Benton & Kato On "Razor Blades & Steak Knives"
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    Recently, we featured Funk Volume's Dizzy Wright, and his stand-out track "Maintain" on Track Breakdown, and today we return to the Funk Volume crew, but this time to get some more knowledge about Jarren Benton's single "Razor Blades & Steak Knives," produced by Kato. The single is the first off Jarren's forthcoming debut on Funk Volume, My Grandma's Basement. The single stays true to Jarren's...
  • RIAA Now Includes Audio & Video Song Streams In Gold & Platinum Certification
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    As the music industry continues to adjust to the age of the Internet, The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has announced a new change in their certification of Gold and Platinum awards.  The RIAA will now count the amount of audio and video song streams towards gold and platinum certification. The stream counts come from on-demand streaming sources like MOG, Muve...
  • Underrated Audio: March 19-25
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    Well, today is the day that Lil Wayne's album I Am Not A Human Being II officially dropped. Although we're positive it will sell given Weezy's huge fanbase, we're not so sure about the content there within. If you're not in a Wayne mood today, we've got five new tracks from the past week that we're tryna show a little more love too, so give them a listen.
  • Charts Don't Lie: October 28th
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    Last week with the success of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, we asked if independent artists' marketing strategy would be the new wave and replace the major labels on the charts.  Their album The Heist saw a steep decline in sales, and might have topped out early.  In what is one of the slowest week in Hip Hop/R&B sales of recent months, we get a semi-surprising name at the #1 spot.  This could be a...
  • Snoop Dogg: Once a Stoner...
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    More than any other substance, marijuana has played a most crucial role in the uprising of rap music. And though he doesn't deserve all of the credit, who knows how the genre would have formulated had it not been for the Ambassador of Pot himself, Snoop Dogg.With the recent wave of weed obsessed rappers, new marquees of hip hop have arisen, from producer Clams Casino's cloud rap beats for ASAP...
  • Charts Don't Lie: July 14
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    Soon Jay-Z is going to be on the charts, undoubtedly dominating the top spot, which belonged to J. Cole this week. Jay-Z's new album has made waves not only for it's creative rollout but for changing the rules of RIAA, in order to ensure the album went platinum before it even dropped, unlike our other chart-toppers this week, who are working their way to platinum the old-fashioned way. On top of...
  • Underrated Audio: July 20-26
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    Underrated Audio brings you four tracks from the past seven days that didn't get enough looks. This week Kidd Kidd offers a tribute to both Trayvon Martin and  Ahlittia North, Sango drops some music to vibe too with help from JMSN, R.A. The Rugged Man drops a serious remix and Stalley stunts on "A-Wax."  Check out the songs in the gallery above.
  • Charts Don't Lie: August 18
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    This week was obviously a memorable one for hip-hop, with Big Sean's "Control" dropping and a Kendrick Lamar frenzy ensuing. While the verse has received way more attention than we could have imagined, plenty of rappers are retaliating and introducing new excitement into the rap game which isn't a bad thing. We will have to wait and see how long this lasts, but in the meantime it's just making...
  • Underrated Audio: September 28- October 4
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    This week, as per usual, we provide you with five records from the past seven days that caught our attention but may have been missed by you. Check out some upcoming talent from the likes of Vic Mensa and CJ Fly, peep a crazy remix from dead prez, and more in this week's Underrated Audio. Click through the images above, and let us know which underrated records you're feeling at the moment.
  • Charts Don’t Lie: November 10
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    Well, it looks like DJ Khaled will in fact not be suffering from success with his latest album. His second week on the charts finds him plummeting more than 20 spots, and moving less than 10,000 units. However if there is one rapper we could say has suffered from success, it is most definitely Eminem. Em's highly anticipated album, Marshall Mathers LP 2, finally dropped this past week, and the...
  • Internet Phenoms: Flash In The Pan Or Here To Stay?
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    For hip-hop aficionados, out of all the glorious things it has done, the Internet has most importantly allowed the entire music industry to change. Instead of waiting for labels to promote the hottest new artist and go through painstaking processes to find them, Tweets, Facebook shares, YouTube videos allow every musician, big or small, to be heard. This has allowed rappers to rise...
  • Underrated Audio: February 19-26
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    It seems like good music has been slow lately. Although we're still being bombarded with content on the daily, it seems like you have to wade through a lot to find the gems. Don't worry though, 'cause we've found the gems from the past week for you already. Check out cuts from Joey Bada$$, Logic and more that you might have overlooked. If you're feeling like it's more of...
  • Charts Don't Lie: April 28
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    This week our newest entry in Charts Don't Lie is the former G.O.O.D. Music representer, Kid Cudi. The rapper announced his departure from G.O.O.D. Music shortly before the release of INDICUD, to the shock of most. Although Cudder assured fans it was an amicable split, it nonetheless gets us wondering as to the root cause. Cudder blames it on wanting to carve out his very own lane in the music...
  • Underrated Audio: September 21- September 27
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    Underrated Audio provides you with four tracks from a range of rappers with four quite different sounds. Rappers on today's list are hailing from Inglewood, Chicago, Washington D.C., and Indiana, and each of their tracks is reflective of the environment and area they grew up in. Peep joints from Tree, Skeme, ODDISEE, and Freddie Gibbs in the galleries above.
  • Charts Don’t Lie: December 29
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    The past week brought Christmas, which undoubtedly brought sales in all departments, music or otherwise. However not all hip-hop artists were lucky enough to benefit from this Christmas season. Although B.o.B released his album Underground Luxury just in time to enjoy some holiday giving, his album fell completely flat, managing to debut at #22 this week on the Billboard 200, moving only 35k....
  • Charts Don't Lie: February 3rd
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    Kendrick Lamar was right, “real people want real music, the Jig Is Up.” With A$AP Rocky’s album leaking incredibly early, the very solid debut studio effort from the Harlemite continues to sell.  All the albums making our Charts this week are featured on some kind of “Best Of” list, and as far as Hip Hop/R&B sales are concerned, fans are purchasing quality projects from...
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