• Danny Brown Addresses French Montana's Claim That Lyrical Rappers Are "Broke"
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    Rap continues to change and grow, coming to a point where songwriting isn't necessarily all about lyrics anymore. French Montana addressed the current state of rap in a recent interview, arguing that lyric-driven rap is not necessarily what people want to hear, saying "All lyrical rappers I know are broke... I just feel like you gotta make people enjoy the music." (Though it should be...
  • Beyonce Changes Lyrics To "Resentment", Presumably Supporting Jay Z Cheating Rumors
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    Following Solange's infamous elevator attack on Beyonce's husband Jay Z, plenty of rumours began circulating that there were marriage troubles for the powerful hip-hop couple. Although the family released an official statement after the incident in hopes of clearing the air, the rumours are still circulating and Beyonce has now added fuel to the fire with a recent performance of her 2006 track...
  • Rappin' 4-Tay Calls Out Drake For Copying His Lyrics In "Who Do You Love"
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    Recently the highly anticipated collaboration between YG and Drake, "Who Do You Love" dropped, proving to be as infectious as we might have guessed from the short snippets. Now that the song is circulating, a veteran rapper has found that Drake's lyrics closely mimic those of his own. Drake starts his verse, "I got a shorty name Texas and / She got a buddy name Young JB and now you know the...
  • 20 Christmas References In Hip-Hop
    To help you celebrate your Christmas while maintaing the hip-hop on your playlist, we're providing you with 20 jams that have surfaced over the years, from vintage to brand new, that all contain a reference to today in some way or another. Some of these records celebrate the true meaning of Christmas while others detail what it's like to celebrate the holiday when you're in the ghetto. Click...
  • Hottest Verses Of 2013
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    Although there's nothing quite like a dope instrumental, lyricism is arguably the most important aspect of hip-hop, despite the fact that many contemporary artists are out of touch with the the craft.  To be clear, this list isn't all about Kendrick's Lamar's verse on Big Sean's "Control". Although it's most definitely been included, you'll find several tracks that dropped well before...
  • Eminem Speaks On Success Of "Hi My Name Is," Not Compromising "Lyrical Integrity"
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    Eminem sat down with Zane Lowe for an extensive interview following the release of the Marshall Mathers LP 2. During the second part of the interview, which was released today, Em talks about his ability to make hugely successful records, although they may not be your typical 'pop' records lyrics-wise (as Marshall says, he never compromised "lyrical integrity"). This was obvious from day one,...
  • National Music Publishers Association Sends Take-Down Notices To 50 Unlicensed Lyrics Sites
    Audio certainly isn't the only aspect of music that's copyrighted, and lyrics are no exception. As reported by billboard.com, it seems The National Music Publishers Association has issued take-down notices to 50 lyrics sites believed to be operating without proper licensing. These notices require the sites in question to either obtain licenses or remove all copyrighted...
  • 20 Of The Best Graffiti References In Hip-Hop
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    Along with emceeing, DJing and breakdancing, graffiti is one of the four fundamental elements of hip-hop, and it's been an integral part of the culture since the beginning. Films such as Charlie Ahearn's Wild Style and Stan Lathan's Beat Street helped define this vivid form of expression in the 80s, and it's since grown into an international phenomenon. You'll find graffiti...
  • Lupe Fiasco Unveils New Project, Previews Lyrics
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    Lupe Fiasco's release schedule is hard to keep track of. After cancelling Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album Pt 2, Lupe revealed plans to record a new project, titled Tetsuo & Youth. We haven't heard much about that album in a minute, and as of yesterday, Fiasco has announced yet another project (that may or may not be related), which he says will be arriving next...
  • Frank Ocean Releases Lyrics To His Own "Versace" Remix On Tumblr
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    It's almost safe to say that Migos' "Versace" track is up for song of the summer. The infectious hit has already been remixed by Drake, Meek Mill, Tyga, and many more. The latest to add to that list? How 'bout Frank Ocean, well sort of.  The R&B singer took to his Tumblr page to post lyrics to his own version of "Versace". In the post titled "No Audio", Frank brags about winning a...
  • Jay-Z Previews "Holy Grail" Lyrics Featuring Justin Timberlake [Update: Jay Previews "FuckWithMeYouKnowIGotIt" Lyrics]
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    Jay-Z continues to do things differently for the rollout leading up to his new album, Magna Carta Holy Grail. In anticipation of a Justin Timberlake collaboration titled "Holy Grail," which we'll be receiving in full tomorrow, Hov has decided to let go some of the track's lyrics. The lyrics were made available through his Google Play app, which Samsung user can now download in the Google Play...
  • Courtney Love Allows Jay-Z To Use Lyrics From Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
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    Jay-Z's upcoming new album was announced basically two weeks prior to its release, which doesn't give much time for promo leading up to it, at least in the usual way of things. Hov and Ye both seem set on doing things differently this time around. We received a second commercial in support of Magna Carta Holy Grail yesterday, which showed Hov in the studio with Timbaland, as they work on the...
  • J. Cole Comments On His Use Of Word "Faggot" In "Villuminati"
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    J. Cole is usually quite conscious and aware of current socio-political issues on his tracks. He's not usually one to swear excessively or use slurs in his music. Thus fans may have been caught offguard when the Cole World rapper used the word "faggot" in a track off his new album, Born Sinner. Although Born Sinner has yet to officially drop, a stream was made available (plus, the album leaked),...
  • Every Alonzo Mourning Reference In Rap On One Song
    Quick, who was the first pick in the 1992 NBA Draft?  Here’s a hint, “not a Christian Laettner, not Alonzo Mourning.”  Any 90s child NBA/rap fan has heard this line from Shaq on Fu-Schnickens’ infectious 1993 jam “What’s Up Doc? (Can We Rock).” Now a track put together by someone named Young Braised is making the rounds on the internet as the song is made up of nothing but...
  • Rocko Talks About Taking Rick Ross Off "U.O.E.N.O."
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     After his recent lyrical mishap, Rick Ross is having more issues. This time around Rocko spoke about having Rick Ross being taken off his record, "U.O.E.N.O.", for growth on the radio air waves.Rocko called up Hot 97's Ebro and K Foxx this morning and talked about his recent controversial record "U.O.E.N.O.". Rocko mentions that he has taken Ross off the record as its growth...
  • Lyrics Of The Week: March 22nd-28th
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    There's quite a bit of repetition in the game these days, and specific lyrics tend to get overlooked. This is an opportunity to take a closer listen and really consider what these artists have to say. We encourage your opinions.  Keep in mind, these are the most noteworthy words of the week, not necessarily the best. This series is brought to you by our collaborators...
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