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Every few years, there is a shift within a genre that meets the public’s ire or adoration (usually in equal parts). Drake represents a shift in hip-hop towards a spacious sound-scape and nakedly expressive emoting.
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The 5 Best New Rap Duos

 |  October 1, 2013
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the unofficial tag-team is one of hip-hop’s quiet victories over other forms of music. while rock and jazz and r&b is often replete with dual acts like the singer and the drummer, or the keyboard player and the bassist, hip-hop tends to thrive on the power of the individual voice.
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The Rapper’s Guide To Catching Feelings

 |  September 26, 2013
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it’s safe to say that hip-hop has reached its Emo Era. rappers, for the first time on a major scale, are extremely comfortable expressing their darkest thoughts and lowest emotions. good for them!
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kanye west gives the best interviews of all time. OF ALL TIME! just when you think he’s gone into hiding for good, that the president throwing dirt on his name might permanently relegate him to begrudging exile, that a n*gga might be better off in Paris, he emerges more defiant than the last time.
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i’m going on the record right now as not hating drake’s new album Nothing Was The Same. on first listen, dead serious i fell asleep. but i think that had more to do with the fact that i hadn’t prepared myself to listen to an r&b album and those joints do a brother like warm cocoa on a wintry night. aubrey’s playlist has a similar effect and shouldn’t be consumed while operating machinery heavier than an iPhone or a calculator.
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Is Whiteface The Future Of Hip-Hop?

 |  September 19, 2013
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la weekly’s ben westhoff wrote an investigative article about the rapper riff raff, in an attempt to lift the veil on his purposely obscured “actual identity.” it seems obvious that his actual identity is that of a coon, a racial caricature, a thin mockery of the genre in which he plays.
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all sales final. that’s that sh*t i don’t like.
 
in all seriousness though, i’m here to express my deep disappointment and utter shock at the incidents that have taken place these past few months. one of hip-hop’s esteemed live performance artists, chief keef, has repeatedly failed to live up to his top billing at shows across the country. if it were any other average musician, i’d be perhaps less dismayed by the overt delinquency and absenteeism. but frankly where it concerns chief keef, i’ve come to expect a helluva lot more.
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first of all, pause that song title all the way.
 
now, another moment in hip-hop weekday singles release history happened today. jay z, temporarily descended from his throne of art collecting and international-ing, blessed the people (those wicked ingrates) with a verse from on high. and it’s on drake’s new album. reasons why this is major…
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it may be that his “daddy was a poet” as he explains on “Burgundy”, an anxious and self-immolating song from Doris, or that his way with phrasing seems unique for a 19-year-old. (or an any-year-old for that matter.) but lately it seems like the media has taken to using earl sweatshirt quotes as pieces of journalism in themselves.
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i wasn’t even gonna speak on the lil homey kendrick at ALL at all. then this dude came completely out of his dickies to a TMZ cameraman about responses to his Instigator Verse. like, “they gotta try harder” or some other 2% milk light-weight business. that’s when i was like…
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Last night, My Name Is My Name got its official listening treatment. And, as expected, Kanye stole the scene from Pusha T by screaming his way through an endorsement. But one particular statement may have been aimed at October’s Very Own, Drizzy. Check the quote after the jump.
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recently, lifehacker reported on the jobs with the best career outlook over the long-term. among them: bio-engineers, elementary school teachers…and, to the delight of every working girl, strippers. here’s a short list of the rappers who will be sponsoring the next generation’s best and brightest. merry christmas everyone!
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