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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 on Sep 15, 2014
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Run That Back: J. Rawls on Black Star & the Creation of “Brown Skin Lady”

With the rapid growth of streaming services, more and more labels are making their entire catalogs available to the market. Rare records you once had to scour local mom and pop shops for, even five to ten years ago, are now... Read More
Posted on Sep 10, 2014
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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 on Sep 10, 2014
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Kendrick’s Verse on Chris Brown’s “Autumn Leaves” Isn’t Terrible

There are literally thousands, if not millions, of people for whom the words "new Chris Brown song" illicts the sudden and pressing need to jump on the nearest interwebs connection and listen to Breezy's latest work.... Read More
Posted on Sep 10, 2014
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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 on Sep 10, 2014
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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 on Sep 09, 2014
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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 on Sep 04, 2014
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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 on Sep 03, 2014
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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 on Sep 03, 2014
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Driving Through My Life With Raury’s “Indigo Child” (Album Review)

Now that I’m a month away from 26, I'm getting really worried. I just assumed something would happen and I would move away from home, but clearly that's not the case. I have already written ad nauseam about the... Read More
Posted on Aug 29, 2014
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Draft Day: What Label Should Your Favorite Rapper Sign To?

Sports and hip-hop go together like Jay Z and Jay Z' sports management company. Hip-hop is a competitive genre by design and relies on a mix of individual talent and team dynamics, which is why it fits so well into... Read More
Posted on Aug 28, 2014
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Mike Dreams the Rapper Becomes Mike Dreams the Man

[Editor's Note: We hear the success stories, and we hear the struggle. But we rarely hear the story of artists in that middle ground between newcomer and firmly established vet, making music as a career but still sweating... Read More
Posted on Aug 28, 2014
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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 on Aug 26, 2014
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Play the Hits! How Artists Get Trapped By Their Singles

If a platinum-selling artist  does a concert in a major city, I expect there to be tons of press. Which is why it felt strange watching Keyshia Cole perform for a packed-house at Orlando, Florida's House of Blues on... Read More
Posted on Aug 26, 2014
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Meet P Reign (aka Drake’s Memphis Bleek)

Lawyers call it pro bono, but for rappers, specifically Drake, I'm not quite sure what to call it. I mean, the dude is the Mother Theresa of the rap game. I don't think there is another artist who has hopped on... Read More
Posted on Aug 26, 2014
 

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