On the heels of his Grammy win for Best Rap Song, Drake revealed on Instagram that his 2009 mixtape So Far Gone is coming to streaming services for the first time. Though it was originally available for free online, this marks the first streaming availability for the 18-track collection that features cameos from Lil Wayne,… Read More A decade later, Drake’s ‘So Far Gone’ mixtape hits streaming services
There’s a special ambiance that permeates the air whenever Lil Wayne drops a Carter project. It’s a remarkable occasion seeing that none of the projects hold a classic album distinction in the traditional sense. But that’s because Lil Wayne doesn’t adhere to any traditional rap guidelines. His place in Hip Hop’s pantheon can be difficult… Read More Review: Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter V” Does His Legacy Justice
T.I. has often compared himself to 2Pac, and the claim makes sense in that both have touched on enough topics to fill 100 Wikipedia pages. Tip’s 10th proper album, Dime Trap, loudly silences any concerns over what he has left to say. The album functions as a compelling retrospective of T.I.’s life and career… Read More Reviews: T.I. Hits Benchmark With “Dime Trap” Album
A few days ago, R&B veteran Eric Benet posted a photo on his Instagram profile, which read: “If all you rap about is “killing black people,” “degrading black women,” “abusing drugs,” “materialization,” and “living a low life” – you are not an artist, you are a black face for white supremacy. You are being used… Read More Fat Joe Comments on Eric Benet’s Post About Rappers Destroying Their Own People
“When you’re making magic, sometimes the ingredients don’t come with instructions” – Snoop Dogg
Who made the beat for “Bad and Boujee”? It should be a simple question. Most rap fans (and media outlets) would answer, without hesitation, Metro Boomin. But that’s not the full story. The songwriting credits list a Robert Mandell, better known as G Koop. And that leads us to a not-very-well-known side of how hip-hop… Read More The Musicians Behind Your Favorite Songs Are Coming for Their Credit
Only in 2017 could this particular strip-club, reality-television, rap-fame fairy tale have come true. And maybe only for Cardi B. Cardi B thinks nobody is watching her as she practices in the backstage holding pen at Brooklyn Academy of Music, where Jimmy Kimmel Live! is taping a special. Everyone is, though: She’s built to watch,… Read More Regular, Degular, Shmegular Girl From the Bronx Only in 2017 could this particular strip-club, reality-television, rap-fame fairy tale have come true. And maybe only for Cardi B.
“I embraced what I thought people was gonna hate about me. I was gonna turn the hate into love” Outside, it’s rush hour, a still-sunny spring evening in Atlanta, but in here, you’d never know it. This room is windowless and dark, illuminated only by a projector shooting shimmering green stars onto the ceiling, a… Read More Future: Syrup, Strippers and Heavy Angst With the Superstar MC
The nimble record label in the world’s de facto hip-hop capital is workingto build sustainable careers, not viral moments, in the streaming era. ATLANTA — Unless you catch a glimpse of the eggplant Mercedes-Maybach S600 or the various young men with clusters of diamonds on choker-short chains coming and going at all hours, there is… Read More Atlanta Rap Keeps Evolving. Quality Control Is Taking It Global.