10 Essential Jay Rock Tracks

Los Angeles-based Jay Rock signed to Top Dawg Entertainment in 2007, long before "Money Trees" were providing Grammy-nominated types of shade. The rapper, real name Johnny Reed McKinzie, Jr. was...

  • 10 Essential Jay Rock Tracks
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    Los Angeles-based Jay Rock signed to Top Dawg Entertainment in 2007, long before "Money Trees" were providing Grammy-nominated types of shade. The rapper, real name Johnny Reed McKinzie, Jr. was born in 1986 and started rapping in 2005, releasing a bunch of mixtapes and what not. Along with Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul and Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock counts himself as a part of the group...
  • Wiz Khalifa, 2 Chainz, Kid Ink & More Make Super Bowl XLIX Predictions
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    The Super Bowl is imminent. With the 49th annual Super Bowl going down this Sunday, February 1st, we decided to get word from various hip-hop artists on who they think will take the cake at the championship game.  This year's game will see the New England Patriots compete against the Seattle Seahawks, with half-time show performances covered by Katy Perry, Lenny Kravitz and Missy...
  • 20 Dope Hip-Hop Songs Made For Film
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    On paper, recording a song for a film soundtrack is considered the ultimate form of selling out. The music itself is literally used as promotional material for a larger product. Music money is big, but movie money is on another level (ask Ludacris, who hasn't released an album since "Fast Five"). That being said, let's remove the negative stigma generally associated with the term "selling out"...
  • Top 10 Gangsta Grillz Mixtapes
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    Born and raised in Philly, DJ Drama has made a name for himself in the hip hop game over the years. While his career set sail after becoming the official DJ for T.I., he has played a crucial role in the onset of mixtapes in the rap world. The Golden Mixtape Era, which started about ten years ago, is now stronger than ever. During a time when the FBI and ICE were raiding mixtape...
  • Big L's Best Punchlines
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    "The crown is still mine cause I drop ill rhymes." Big L, Rest In Peace. On February 15, 1999, one of the game's illest and most acclaimed lyricists, Lamont "Big L" Coleman, was gunned down in Harlem, the city he repped his entire life. He was only 24 years old.  There is no doubt the Flamboyant Entertainment CEO was destined for great things, including a possible deal with Roc-A-Fella...
  • Top 10: Pusha T Tracks
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    Terrence Thornton, better known as Pusha T, was one half of the group Clipse and enjoyed a ton of success in hip-hop in the early 2000s along with his brother Malice, who made up the other half of the duo. After Malice took a step back from Music, Pusha T took the opportunity to explore the solo lane and put out music on his own. He was quickly signed by longtime friend and fellow rapper Kanye...
  • Honey, I Shrunk The Rappers: Shortest Rappers In The Game
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    "Tall men come down to my height when I hit 'em in the body." -Jack Dempsey The rap game may be dominated by rappers of average height, but some of its biggest stars fall well below that margin. Read on for a list of emcees below the average male height of 5'8 (you may be surprised). Once again, we realize lists like this have been done, but we decided to get a bit more in depth with it. We've...
  • I'm Different: Hip-Hop's Best Concept Albums
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    It's no secret that hip-hop can stretch itself a bit thin as far as creativity is concerned. If artists were taxed every time they mentioned dollars, they'd all be broke. Fortunately, amongst the clones, several voices stand out from the crowd. The following post is dedicated to the emcees who went above-and-beyond to give the listener a complete album, not just a collection of singles...
  • Most Disappointing Projects Of 2014
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    After giving everyone a positive spin with the Hottest Songs of 2014, we're getting brutally honest and critical today with the Most Disappointing Projects of 2014. Following 2013’s parade of ridiculously good albums, it was hard to keep pace and not get left behind from the jump. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happened with some of the releases of 2014. Sure, there were a...
  • 5 Times The Grammys Got 'Best Rap Album' Wrong
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    With the Grammys coming up this Sunday, we thought it would be a good idea to take a look at the times they have upset us, the hip-hop community, the most. Because nobody is perfect and the Grammys are certainly no exception.  While there are a few time they got the 'Best Rap Album' right (and we will take a look at the flip side of this list later today, so keep an eye out), there...
  • Ten Rappers Reimagined as Superheroes
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    To many fans, rappers are like superheroes. So we thought it might be fun to imagine what it would be like if your favorite rappers actually were caped crusaders or masked avengers. Based on songs, events and characteristics, we compiled a list of rappers and tried to figure out exactly what they would do if they were superheroes. We gave some super powers based on physical attributes (Nicki...
  • A History Of 50 Cent Beefs
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    50 Cent has been through so much beef, you could probably dedicate a book to the fights he has picked. Throughout his career, he has never been shy to give his honest opinion about fellow rappers. He has mastered the art of the diss song and pretty much wears the crown for being the king at feuding. His moves to out battle his rivals have been smart, conniving and sometimes just plain deep. Fif...
  • 10 Recent Rap Beefs You Should Know About
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    Beef in the rap game is nothing new. Rappers have been doing it for years, whether it's to up their street cred, get media attention, or out of pure hate for another artist, it always gets a fan's attention. Beef forces a fan to choose sides and thus solidifies them as an advocate of whatever rapper they choose. Hip-hop is one of the few genres which embraces feuds, especially...
  • Top 10: Meanest Funk Flex Freestyles
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    Forget mixtapes and albums, some of the hottest verses in hip hop come right from the offices of Hot 97 via Funkmaster Flex's famous freestyle sessions. Whether artists go right off the dome, kick something they plan on using later, or a combination of both, rappers always bring their A-game for Flex. His high energy demeanor and top notch ad-libs only add to the turnt up atmosphere, making every...
  • 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...
  • A Brief History Of 10 Jordan References In Hip-Hop
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    When NBA star basketball player Michael Jordan teamed up with Nike in 1984 and launched his Air Jordan brand the following year, unbeknownst to former Chicago Bulls shooting guard, he was making history. Consisting of sneakers as well as athletic apparel, the Jordan Brand has grown over the last thirty years into a widely successful brand. The sneakers being at the forefront of the brands sales...
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