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From “i” to Chamillionaire: Following The “Who’s That Lady” Sample Chain

To be honest, once I finished the To Pimp A Butterfly credits investigation, I felt a little empty. I had spent the last 72 hours consumed by the album, living and breathing Kendrick, that I forgot that music was even a... Read More
Posted about 2 weeks ago
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All 71 People on Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp A Butterfly” Album

  (Art by WHIP, who's awesome and you should check out.) For the past three days I've been wrestling with To Pimp A Butterfly like we were in a cage match for the championship belt and Kendrick is winning.... Read More
Posted 2 weeks ago
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Every Girl Drake’s Ever Mentioned in a Song Ever

(Art by WHIP, who's awesome and you should check out.) In hip-hop we hold certain truths to be self-evident: Illmatic is a classic, JAY Z is past his prime and Drake raps about women, a lot. I mean alot-alot.... Read More
Posted one month ago
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Rappin Max: A Brief History of Hip-Hop & Comic Books

With a name like Birdman, I shouldn’t be surprised that he would eventually end up on a comic book cover, the moniker screams calculated crossover. Still, disbelief was my first reaction when I saw Cash Money’s... Read More
Posted about 3 months ago
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Billion Dollars in an Elevator: The Definitive 2014 Hip-Hop Timeline

Everyday there’s an overload of hip-hop flooding the internet. From banal news to surprise albums to overnight memes, we're drowning in news. Today's BIGGEST THING EVER is tomorrow's "Oh yeah, I forgot... Read More
Posted 3 months ago
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All 93 People Named on J. Cole’s “Note To Self” Outro

Jay did it, Kanye made it famous, and now J. Cole takes his turn at turning the final track on his album into the liner notes. The average fan will likely skip "Note to Self" (aka the last 12 minutes of the outro on "Forest... Read More
Posted 3 months ago
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Every Producer Drop - An Absurdly Detailed Investigation

Nike, Just Do It... McDonalds, I'm Loving It... Subway, Eat  adequate Fresh... A great tagline can do wonders for your product. Sure, everyone already knows Nike, Subway, and McDonalds, but just hearing... Read More
Posted about 4 months ago
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All 79 Things Chance the Rapper Hates on “No Better Blues”

1. His Bed 2. His Home 3. His Job 4. His Wife 5. His Kids 6. His Dog 7. The Sun 8. The Rain 9. The Clouds 10. The T.V. 11. The Dinner 12. The Couch 13. The Car 14. The Bus 15. The Road 16. The Bar 17. To Drink 18. To Smoke... Read More
Posted 5 months 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 about 7 months ago
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D’oh Boys: Every Simpsons-Rap Reference Ever

If I had my way in college, I would have double-majored in The Simpsons and hip-hop with a minor in napping. Before hip-hop came into my life, The Simpsons is what gave me purpose; Homer was like my other dad. Every... Read More
Posted 7 months ago