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Once Lost, a Lil Wayne Fan Finds His Faith in “Carter V”

Lil Wayne can keep his Carter V. That was my immediate reaction when Wayne's final album was announced. Somewhere between making a clothing brand for Macy’s clearance rack and skateboarding with... Read More
Posted 3 days ago
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One Song to Prove Kanye West is a Dope Rapper

Part of why they pay me Jay Z Memphis Bleek money is to think up original, engaging ideas for feature content, but on the real it's much easier when y'all just do my job for me. Case in point, loyal DJBooth... Read More
Posted one week ago
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Gay or Straight, Let Young Thug Be Young Thug

Late in the afternoon on August 26, Young Thug started trending. This shouldn’t be a surprise considering Thug’s ascension from hometown hero to hip-hop hitmaker within the last two years. From features with rap... Read More
Posted one week ago
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“Google Me Bitch”: A Lyrical Album Review of Rittz’ “Next to Nothing”

Rittz' Next to Nothing album just dropped, and now that it's hit the collective ear drums of the world, I'm sure there will be no shortage of words spilled about it: album reviews, think pieces about the... Read More
Posted one week ago
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Kendrick Sued Over “Rigamortis”, Should He Pay Up? (A Sample Clearance Guide)

Ah the music industry, where lawsuits get passed around like chicken wings at Rick Ross' birthday party. This time around, it involves jazz musicians Willie Jones III and Eric Reed suing Kendrick Lamar for a... Read More
Posted 2 weeks ago
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Yeah! Louder! From Kanye to Vanilla Ice, the History of the “Long Red” Sample

A few weeks ago I did an absurdly detailed breakdown of the "hey!" vocal sample in James Brown's "Funky President."  Turns out y'all really dug the article because you're gigantic rap nerds very awesome human... Read More
Posted 2 weeks ago
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Flying Lotus & Kendrick’s “Never Catch Me”: Dope, Really Dope or Fucking Mind Blowing?

Normally when we do these "Heat Check" things right after a big song drops we try to be a little more balanced. We offer you a range of choices: maybe the song is dope, maybe it's just ok, maybe it's wack. Music is... Read More
Posted 2 weeks ago
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“Views from All Day”: Drake, Kanye & The State of Hip-Hop Leaks

Like mixtapes, which are now almost never mixed by a DJ and definitely aren't on tape, the term "leak" has become almost meaningless in 2014. Or more specifically, it's come to mean so many things in so many... Read More
Posted 3 weeks ago
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Interview With a “White Rapper”: Rittz on Race, Respect & Hip-Hop

As a white person who both loves hip-hop and has made it my occupation, I often think about how I maneuver in an art form rooted in experiences and circumstances drastically different than my own. And I only write about... Read More
Posted one month ago
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Hey! From Kanye to Gambino, Breaking Down Rap’s Most Popular Sample

Years ago now, when "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" first exploded into our collective ears and I was happily (and obsessively) listening to it note by note, I noticed Kanye using a vocal "hey!" sample on... Read More
Posted one month ago
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The Allure of Artist Anonymity in the Internet Age

There’s a natural, human attraction to mystery. We are all drawn to the unknown. The man with the mask is more alluring than the man without, and I used to look at even unmasked rappers through the lens of... Read More
Posted one month ago
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Kanye West is Right, the Media is the Fucking Worst

(Warning: This is not another Kanye West think piece.)  I'm 32-years-old, my daily struggles are more likely to involve Bunny Grahams than reality show worthy drama, and I've been to so many... Read More
Posted one month ago
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3 (Imaginary) Albums We’d Actually Pay $1 Million For

Despite hip-hop's focus on big money, the music itself has always been affordable for us common folk; hell, in the post-Napster world, it's practically free. Recently, though, we've seen a couple... Read More
Posted one month ago
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How Do You Feel Lil Wayne & Drake’s (Pretty Weak Sauce) “Grindin”?

Man, thanks a lot, Weezy. Why do you have to drop a new single on a Friday afternoon and give me more work to do right now? It's like that teacher who gives you a pop quiz right before the weekend; just let me... Read More
Posted one month ago
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Is Chance the Rapper Over-Rated? It Doesn’t Fucking Matter

The internet's good for a lot of things, like porn looking up recipes, porn booking plane tickets and porn communicating with loved ones. And while we often hunker down inside whatever little corner of the internet... Read More
Posted one month ago
 

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