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the curious case of shawn carter took an unexpected turn last week. jay z, probably the best rapper to ever touch a microphone, had a senior moment during a concert at manchester. this is a telling sign of a rapper not long for this stage.
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you wanna see a dead body? it turns out, they can’t kill kenny. even after calling out the ten-years-his-senior rapper, King Push, on “Control,” kendrick lamar and your favorite drug dealer’s favorite rapper still managed to produce one of hip-hop’s most powerful collabs in a Toronto minute.
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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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This ain’t for the faint of heart or the light of skivvies. This is anti-AutoTune. This is the world’s most dangerous hip-hop show, by a stretch. Parental discretion is advised. The clickables after the jump…
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On Saturday August 17, 2013 the Trillectro Music Festival returned to Washington DC to blend the genres of electronica and hip-hop. Amongst the hip-hop acts featured on the festival were A$AP Mob, Wale, Fat Trel, Travi$ Scott, Casey Veggies, Two-9 and more. Click through this slideshow to see all of the happenings from the festival. All photos by Lucas Farrar / Far Fetched Future.

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On Sunday July 28, 2013, the world renowned Rock Steady Crew held it’s 36th Anniversary celebration in Central Park, NYC. The event featured a reunion performance by Pete Rock & CL Smooth, as well as performances by Brand Nubian, Cormega, Special Ed, Craig G, The Arsonists, Homeboy Sandman and more. The show also featured DJ sets from DJ Premier, Tony Touch, Evil Dee, and DJ Eclipse, DJ JS-1. Of course, the highlight of the event was an incredible breakdance performance from the entire Rock Steady Crew. Click through this slideshow to see all of the highlights of that day’s event. All photos by Bernard Smalls.

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The Downtown Music festival continued in New York CIty on May 11, 2013. iHipHop was on-hand at Tammany Hall where Ratking, Mr. MFN eXqire, and Black Dave performed. Click through the slideshow to see pictures of all the happenings at the Lower East Side, Manhattan venue. All photos by Lucas Farrar / Far Fetched Future.

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Standing out in the crowded world of Hip-Hop can be one of the most difficult things to accomplish. Many have tried, and many more have failed. But if you are able to create your own lane, the highway to success is sure to be a smooth ride at best. Read More

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