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  • Cover of 140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (January 30)
    Big Sean dropped some heat. Meek Mill dropped some heat. Kanye West? Eh. He was lukewarm, but at least he's still dropping new material. Still, it wasn't too bad of a week for hip-hop, which helps since the we're probably going to be shaking our fists at whatever goes down at the Grammys. That's not until Feb. 8.
  • Cover of Samples Of The Week: January 29 (Lupe Fiasco Edition)
    In weeks past, we've chosen to dedicate editions of Samples Of The Week to new albums by J. Cole, Fabolous and Joey Bada$$, which were all chock full of beats that utilized samples.
  • Cover of First Week Sales For Joey Bada$$' "B4.Da.$$" & Lupe Fiasco's "Tetsuo & Youth"
    Last week, a young star and a down-on-his-luck veteran both released intelligent, career-revitalizing albums, but who sold more?
  • Cover of Charts Don’t Lie: January 25
    This week proved to be a big one for hip-hop music, with Joey Bada$$ and Lupe Fiasco dropping their respective albums on the same day (January 20th), not to mention, free projects from Trinidad James, Lil Wayne, Yo Gotti and K Camp.
  • Cover of 140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (January 23)
    What a week it has been in hip-hop. It's a week that got kicked off with tragedy. It's going to take some time for the wound that A$AP Yams left us to heal.But the game still continues just like he would've wanted. The back half of January saw strong releases from Lupe Fiasco and Joey Bada$$.
  • Cover of Samples Of The Week: January 22 (Joey Bada$$ Edition)
    This Tuesday marked the release of Joey Bada$$' long-awaited commercial debut, B4.Da.$$. We'll be reviewing the album soon enough, but first, we're using this edition of Samples Of The Week to give some shine to the production on the project.
  • Cover of First Week Sales Projections For Joey Bada$$ & Lupe Fiasco
    Just yesterday we saw the release of two highly anticipated albums, one from a veteran in the game, and one from a relatively new artist. Joey Bada$$ delivered his long-awaited debut album, while Lupe Fiasco delivered his final album on Atlantic, his fifth LP. Who will sell more?
  • Cover of Charts Don’t Lie: January 18
    While Taylor Swift remains the reigning queen of the Billboard 200, we get a few new entries from the hip-hop sphere this week. Rae Sremmurd, as projected, landed a top 10 Billboard 200 debut with SremmLife. They even did one better, making it into the top 5 by sliding in at #5.
  • Cover of 140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (January 16)
     Nothing too new is going on in the game this past week. In other words, hip-hop is just going right now.
  • Cover of Samples Of The Week: January 15
    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.
  • Cover of Rae Sremmurd Projected To Land Billboard Top 10 Debut With "SremmLife" [Update: First Week Sales Are In]
    Rae Sremmurd have already received enough co-signs to make any new artist happy (among them, Kendrick Lamar and Chance The Rapper), however, there's even more good news coming their way as Billboard projects that they will land within the top 10 next week.
  • Cover of Charts Don’t Lie: January 11
    This week's chart contenders prove to be rather boring, because not much has happened in the past week when it comes to rap, hip-hop and r'n'b charters. We've got Nicki Minaj doing what she does at her #2 spot, which she refuses to leave, we've got J.
  • Cover of 140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (January 9)
    The first full week of 2015 comes with quite a bit of news. First, is the sad news of legendary SportsCenter anchor Stuart Scott, who passed away after a long battle with cancer. Then, there was the Charlie Hebdo situation in France.
  • Cover of Slept-On Mixtapes Of 2014
    Now that 2015 is underway, we have plenty of good music to look forward too, when it comes to both mixtapes (just peep our Upcoming section) and albums. Even in this one-listen-then-on-to-the-next generation, it's still appropriate to bump music that dropped last year, right?
  • Cover of Samples Of The Week: January 8
    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.
  • Cover of Charts Don't Lie: January 4
    This week we see a few fluctuations within Charts Don't Lie, however Nicki Minaj keeps the #2 spot on lock with The Pinkprint. It's not a bad resting place per say, although we're sure #1 would have felt that much better. Nicki's numbers have been better than we expected, however, they're no Taylor Swift.
  • Cover of Samples Of The Week: January 1 (Fabolous Edition)
    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.
  • Cover of First Week Sales For Fabolous' "The Young OG Project" [Update: Final Numbers Arrive From Billboard]
    Fabolous has sort of made a tradition out of dropping projects on Christmas day, and this year was no different with his new album The Young OG Project hitting iTunes on December 25th.
  • Cover of Charts Don’t Lie: December 28
    Nicki Minaj dominates the charts this week, although, there is one artist she isn't able to dominate: you guessed it, Taylor Swift. No matter, Nicki outdid sales projections with her first week on shelves, after moving a sold 244,00 units; basically 100k more than we expected. Magic?
  • Cover of 140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (December 27)
    So that does it. This is the final 140 Bars Or Less of the year. While many were shedding melancholic tears at the year's final days and others totally checked out because of holiday festivities, the news kept coming in to give a fitting end to one of the most divisive years in recent memory.
  • Cover of Nicki Minaj's "The Pinkprint" Debuts At #2 On Billboard
    The numbers are in, and Nicki Minaj's The Pinkprint comes in at #2 on Billboard with a total of 244,000 units.
  • Cover of J. Cole's "2014 Forest Hills Drive" Reportedly Goes Gold
  • Cover of 140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (Dec. 13)
    To say a lot of stuff happened this week would be a complete understatement. So we won't and will just give you a short recap. For one, we're living in a world where there's a new D'Angelo album. Secondly, we may soon live in a world where Bobby Shmurda is behind bars.
  • Cover of Samples Of The Week: December 18
    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.
  • Cover of J. Cole's "2014 Forest Hills Drive" Debuts At Number One On The Billboard 200
    Rick Ross, move over -- J. Cole just topped your first week sales record for 2014. Rozay's Mastermind moved 179,000 units in its first week back in March, but now his tally's been handily topped by that of Cole's 2014 Forest Hills Drive.
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