We highlight instances of J. Cole's story-telling prowess in celebration of "4 Your Eyez Only."
J. Cole is one of the most skilled storytellers of this generation. Although he doesn't always showcase the lyrical complexity of a Kendrick Lamar, Cole knows how to write poignant, thought-provoking, palatable songs. Sometimes there is genius, power, and intricacy in perceived "simplicity."
Hip-hop is bigger in 2016 than ever before. Rappers are the new rockstars. The young Mississippi brothers known as Rae Sremmurd joined forces with the fresh-outta-the-feds Atlanta Trap God and super producer Mike Will Made-It and coined themselves the “Black Beatles.” Their single has been No.
Tomorrow, Mos Def, who now goes by his given name Yasiin Bey, will release an album called December 99th with Ferrari Shepard. Later this month, he will debut two additional albums. After that, he he will retire from rap.
With Hodgy's (formerly known as Hodgy Beats) debut album Fireplace: TheNotTheOtherSide out this Friday, now is a good time to take a moment to look back at his career so far. Hodgy was a founding member of Odd Future collective and enjoyed a particularly close musical bond with Domo Genesis and Left Brain. Together, they were known as MellowHigh.
With his level of productivity this year, J. Cole could've been nearing retirement for all we knew. As we should've suspected, though, he's been busy prepping his fourth album, 4 Your Eyez Only. Out of nowhere, the album appeared on iTunes today, with a planned release date of Dec. 9.
While Big Boi has fully embraced a solo career, Andre 3000 has kept to the shadows, appearing only once or twice a year to remind everyone that he is one of the greatest (if not THE greatest) rappers of all-time, and can still paint vivid and complex lyrical portraits with ease. "My oral illustration be like clitoral stimulation."
21 Savage has been pretty vocal about Kylie Jenner over the last little while, but he hasn't been the only rapper shouting out Jenner on or off record. We've collected some memorable quotes and social media posts from a variety of artists that all have one thing in common -- Kylie.From Nicki Minaj to Kevin Gates, everyone seems to have Kylie's name on the tip of their tongue these days.
Much has been made of Drake' partnership with Noah "40" Shebib, but equally important to his success has been the quartet of producers of Boi-1da, Vinylz, Allen Ritter, Frank Dukes that often put their heads together to feed him a nearly endless supply of potential hits.
Ice Cube's filmography from the last decade belies his true nature as one of the hardest and most influential rappers of all time. With the possible exception of Rakim, no "golden age" rapper pushed hip hop forward more than Ice Cube, whose lyrical innovation, blunt portrayal of gang activity, and willingness to challenge unjust systems helped usher the genre into its modern era.
"Cause them punks like to hit it and quit it / And I'd rather stay and play" - Sir Mix-a-Lot, "Baby Got Back" ***
For two unforgettable seasons of "Chappelle's Show," Dave Chappelle made us laugh. He made us cry. His fearless, intelligent, racially charged brand of comedy was nothing short of a revolution. The show shut down twelve years ago, and America's finest comedy minds are still playing catch-up.
Drake has become increasingly petty in his treatment of other rappers. His well-publicized beef with Meek Mill has seemed to engender an unapologetic scorn for anyone who does now kowtow at the feet of "the Boy -- Joe Budden, Kid Cudi, and even Matt Barnes.
Kanye West has whipped up a shitstorm over the course of the past few days, from his endorsement of Donald Trump to his request for Beyonce and Jay Z to return his calls to this morning's cancellation of the remainder of the "Saint Pablo" tour.
Today was Future's 33rd birthday. As he begins his 34th lap around the sun, let us revisit 10 of the finest tracks he has made over the course of his illustrious career. It is a testament to the depth of his catalogue that the only fair way to select ten songs is to pick one song from each of his projects. So that's what we did -- from Pluto through EVOL, plus "Commas" to round it out.
21, 21, 21... When exactly did the number become a steady part of the hip-hop vernacular? It wasn't too long ago. In late 2014, 21 Savage dropped "Picky," one of the first songs he had ever recorded.
Unlike many of Gucci's other former protegés, Future didn't seem to be in any rush to collaborate with the East Atlanta legend after he was released from prison this May.
Like Notorious B.I.G., Big L was gunned down a few months before his 25th birthday and released his second and final album posthumously. Like Biggie, he was a paragon of '90s hip hop who was a riveting storyteller (shoutout "The Heist" and "Casualties of a Dice Game," which are not included in this list), a lyrical technician, and a cold-blood gangster.
"Space Jam" hit theaters 20 years ago today.
Since Lil Wayne released his 2004 mixtape The Prefix, where he rapped over a collection of Jay Z instrumentals, it's been more than clear that he's a fan of the rapper -- but he's also always expressed the desire to be better than those he idolizes.
Pouya is arguably at the head of a talented young generation of South Florida rappers. With a head of shaggy black hair, an impeccable Three 6 Mafia flow, mastery of multi-syllabic rhyme, a friendship with Rich Chigga, and a keen sense of humor, the 21-year-old has been a model of sustained excellence since he broke onto the scene four years ago.
Lauryn Hill occupies an almost saint-like place in the rap/R&B canon. In 1998, after the dissolution of The Fugees, a 23-year-old Hill released her debut album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill and set the record for first-week sales by a female artist. She hasn't released a proper album and has largely avoided the public eye since.
"My raps don’t have melodies," Jay Z rapped on his 2009 song "Death of Autotune." "This should make niggas want go and commit felonies."
Famous Dex is a name often associated with the virally adored new wave artists of the South, like Atlanta's Lil Yachty -- with whom he shares a hairstyle (and color) -- or Trill Sammy and Ugly God from Houston.
From roughly 2002-2006, there was no rap crew more respected and more popular than G-Unit. Comprised of 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo, and eventually Young Buck, G-Unit rose to prominence on the strength of their vivid, swaggering, numerous songs about their exploits running the perilous streets of Southside Queens.
Lil Yachty has had a huge year, and while one can't overlook the following he's built off of mixtapes like Lil Boat and Summer Songs 2, some of his most prominent moments have been on other artist's songs.
Lil Uzi Vert has made a lot of progress over the last few years. The first post on his SoundCloud dates back to January 2014. Fast forward to today and the Philly rapper has three songs on the Billboard Hot 100 ("Money Longer," "Too Much Sauce," and "You Was Right"). Though many became familiar with the rapper through his three most recent mixtapes Luv Is Rage, Lil Uzi Vert Vs.
Happy Halloween. By now, most of us have outgrown trick-or-treating, but there's no denying that candy consumption still goes up in the weeks surrounding the fun size bar-dominated holiday. To honor this, today we're taking a look at various rappers' relationships with candy.
It all started in late 2014 when Rae Sremmurd showed up on the cover of a Captain America comic, and Birdman's infamous hand rub graced the front page of a new edition of "The Amazing Spider Man." From there, iconic brand Marvel began reinterpreting iconic hip hip cover artwork for comics, and they haven't looked back.
Dubbed "R&B Jesus" by music critic Richard Christgau, D'Angelo is widely considered one of the most gifted musicians of his generation. A virtuosic multi-instrumentalist with a sensuous voice and keen songwriting instincts, he single-handedly initiated the neo-soul movement when he released Brown Sugar in 1995, at age 21.
A$AP Yams will be remembered for many things. Described as both a great creative mind and a friendly and charming person by those close to him, Yams' talent and personality is remembered through his work with A$AP Mob, but also in the imprint he left online -- namely, his very colorful tweets.With the impending release of A$AP Mob's Cozy Tapes Vol.