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  • Cover of Review: Big Sean's "Dark Sky Paradise"
    Critics are always fighting conflicting urges. On the one hand, there's the need to be objective and evaluate each work on its own merits. On the other, there's the desire to fit each new release from an artist into an over-arcing career narrative. The trick is to find a balance between the two.
  • Cover of Samples Of The Week: February 26 (Big Sean Edition)
    Dark Sky Paradise dropped earlier this week, with Big Sean set to move just under 150,000 copies, and now comes time to break it down on "Samples Of The Week." Although the album is a bit darker and more modern-sounding than Hall Of Fame and Finally Famous, it still makes use of some dope samples, with producers Ka
  • Cover of Kanye West Is Doing Another Zane Lowe Interview Tomorrow
    Kanye West's interviews are generally more eventful than that of your average artists, and Zane Lowe interviews are generally a little more eventful than that of your average radio host's, so together, you get a pretty magical combination.
  • Cover of Big Sean's "Dark Sky Paradise" By The Numbers
    After months of singles, promotion and interviews, yesterday marked the release of Big Sean's hotly-anticipated third album, Dark Sky Paradise.
  • Cover of Big Sean's Best Wordplay On "Dark Sky Paradise"
    Big Sean has always been a gifted wordsmith. Puns, metaphors, similes--you name it. On occasion, though, he's been guilty of reaching: "ass-quake, ass-tate, ass-tray..." He's better than that. And on Dark Sky Paradise he proves it. Lyrically, this is Sean's deepest work, but he doesn't ditch the wordplay games.
  • Cover of Stream Big Sean's New Album "Dark Sky Paradise"
    Big Sean's third commercial album, Dark Sky Paradise, is in stores and online today. It's safe to say the G.O.O.D. Music rapper's past album releases didn't exactly live up to the hype, however the hype for DSP seems to be working for Sean, not against him.
  • Cover of Mister Cee Opens Up About HOT 97 Resignation
    HOT 97 has seen a few of it's iconic radio DJs and personalities leave to pursue other endeavors over the last year or so, starting with Angie Martinez, who set up shop at rival station Power 105, and most recently Cipha Sounds, who just signed a management deal with Roc Nation.
  • Cover of Cipha Sounds Is Leaving HOT 97 [Update: Cipha Headed To Roc Nation]
    HOT 97 has been a presence in New York hip hop culture for decades, and the many of the on-air personalities and DJs have been around since the 90s.
  • Cover of Everything You Need To Know About Yesterday's Chaotic NBA Trade Deadline
    The NBA's trade machine was moving at a snails pace with less than an hour before the 3pm deadline and that's when it happened. Pure, unadulterated chaos in the 11th hour.
  • Cover of 5 Reasons "Dark Sky Paradise" Will Be Big Sean's Best Album Yet
    For one reason or another, Big Sean has yet to achieve that "classic album" status that's so sought after in hip-hop.
  • Cover of Big Boy Reportedly Trying To Leave Power 106, Emmis Fights Back
    Emmis isn't having the best year. The company which owns both Hot 97 in the New York and its sister station in L.A., Power 106.1, has already lost one of the biggest names in the (hip-hop) radio business, Angie Martinez, as well as Mister Cee, and more recently, Cipha Sounds left.
  • Cover of Big Sean Reveals Official Artwork & Tracklist For "Dark Sky Paradise"
    Just 24 hours after releasing his monster new single “Blessings” with Drake and Kanye West, Big Sean decides to reveal the official artwork and tracklist to his upcoming album Dark Sky Paradise, via iTunes pre-orders.
  • Cover of Big Sean Announces Title For Upcoming Album [Update: "Dark Sky Paradise" Release Date Revealed]
    While his track "I Don't Fuck With You" is still in heavy rotation, G.O.O.D. Music's Big Sean announces the title of his next album, Dark Sky Paradise.
  • Cover of Mister Cee Joins A New Radio Station After Leaving Hot 97
    Welp, Hot 97 just lost another one of their veteran radio personalities to a competing hip-hop/r'n'b station in New York.
  • Cover of Pulling A "Beyonce": The Surprise Album Phenom
    The trend of surprise albums has definitely caused a shift in the traditional method of releasing music. Interviews, music videos and singles are still protocol (well, usually), but we’ve watched the likes of Jay Z, Beyonce, Kanye West, Skrillex, J. Cole etc.
  • Cover of Stream Trademark Da Skydiver's "Return Of The Super Villain"
    The super villain is a tried and true trope in hip-hop, with artists such as MF DOOM mining the psyches of the deranged and often ludicrous comic book arch-nemeses.
  • Cover of Mister Cee To Resign From Hot 97 [Update: Listen To His Final Mix]
    Mister Cee has come dangerously close to resigning from HOT 97 in the past, with reports that he would do so shortly after allegations of his use of prostitutes came about last year.
  • Cover of The Hottest 7 Songs In The Hottest 7 Cities
    Twice a year the DJ Service Pack let's us know what's really going on with hip-hop in every major hub by way of a detailed infographic.
  • Cover of HOT 97 Has Owned The Domain Name "Power105.Com" Since 2000
    The competition between HOT 97 and Power 105 is real. We saw radio personality Angie Martinez switch sides earlier this year, leaving her longtime spot on HOT for a deal with Power, and it's now been revealed that the former has been in possession of the Power105.com domain name since 2000.
  • Cover of Odd Future Introduce Their Own Radio Station
    The Odd Future brand continues to expand into arenas both likely and unlikely. They've got an expansive merchandise line, their own TV show, and their own festival, among other things. This latest move, an Odd Future radio station, isn't exactly unlikely, as obviously these are a group of musical cats.
  • Cover of Top 10: Meanest Funk Flex Freestyles
    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.
  • Cover of Karlie Hustle Announces Her Resignation From Hot 97
    New York radio station Hot 97 has lost another employee this summer, as their Music Director Karlie Hustle offers her public resignation today. As you may know, the veteran radio personality Angie Martinez resigned in June to everyone's surprise, and headed to Hot 97's competitor Power 105.1.
  • Cover of Clear Channel's "On The Verge" Strategy Helped Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" Top Charts
    Clear Channel Communications is a mass media company that owns over 800 radio stations in the United States, so when they push a song, it gets heard.
  • Cover of Angie Martinez Reportedly Earning Double At Power 105.1 Compared To Hot 97
    Angie Martinez's move from Hot 97 to station rival Power 105.1 was a bold move that came under fire from many of the radio personality's biggest fans. Now, her motives have been made all the more clear. 
  • Cover of Cipha Sounds Possibly Taking Over Angie Martinez's Slot On Hot 97
    With Angie Martinez's sudden departure (at least, to us) from Hot 97, her daily 3 PM slot is open for the taking.
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