How NY Hip-Hop Died On 9/11

 |  September 11, 2013
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what is cultural memory? news stories and internet videos are 3-minute clips. toddlers of the millennium can use a tablet before they know how to speak; instant fame has shrunk from the designated fifteen minutes to a few. the cycle goes: reality show star to porn debutante to burnt-out addict in 2 years. simply put, we’re tired of remembering so we gave up on it.
 
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Kendrick Lamar: King of New York?

 |  September 11, 2013
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It’s been over a month since Kendrick Lamar shook the Rap world to its very foundations with his verse on Big Sean’s “Control”. If you have been hiding under a rock and have not heard the song, Kendrick claims the title of King of New York while appearing to take shots at J. Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Wale, Pusha T, Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky, Drake, Big Sean, Jay Electronica, Tyler, The Creator and Mac Miller. Rappers from every section of the globe bolted to their Twitter accounts and their soundproof studio booths to respond to the Compton native’s jabs. Some applauded Kendrick for giving rap a much needed shot in the arm, while others took things a bit more personally and made response records. Read More

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in case you consume rap in music form, or have things like a job or an education, you may have missed the EPIC TWITTER RANT gucci mane used to light up the night skies. it was a phenomenal display of poetry. a comma-heavy and error-prone testimony. a cry for help. a laugh — out loud. no one knows what caused the designer-named rapper (street alias ‘guwop’) to go in on his peers, but something seemed amiss from the start. rather than parse the details, we boiled this down to its bone and gristle for the uninformed. enjoy!

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The art to making a good Hip-Hop song is a very simple equation. Good lyrics plus a good beat equals perfection—or a “banger” as some might call it. This is a formula that has eluded many, and ultimately lead to their demise, in this “here today, gone tomorrow” industry. Read More

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Lil Wayne has been the center of controversy over the past few weeks due to his on stage Miami Heat rant, and insensitive Emmett Till bar; which has according to The Huffington Post pissed off the likes of Stevie Wonder and Uncle Luke. This left me stunned and wondering: is using the shock factor approach rather than lyrical content? Read More

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