Bey-Z rises from the rubble unscathed. Amber Rose pulls a J-Lo with her almost-not-a-dress. Nicki pulls her dress together by seams. RiFF RaFF, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift play their positions clumsily and look really and truly not cool bruh. Check the pics and videos after the jump.
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Sometimes in life we have to make hard choices. Other times, those options are artificial and we can have our cake and eat it too. Take Nitty Scott, for example. Take her seriously, for one, because she’s a more-than-decent emcee with cred she’s built over the last 5 years by getting nice with it on the YouTube and at shows. But in the wake of Nicki Minaj and in the legacy of Lil Kim, she’s taken to showing more of her body probably as a play to call attention to her other, uh, attributes as a performer. No mind that Nitty has always been appealing, this is a transition into something else.

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The 10 Hottest Songs Of Summer

 |  July 22, 2014
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What makes a summer song? It’s sweaty but never sad about it. The right summer smash makes you put the double-decker barbecue plate on your lawn chair, pour out something cool and get close to the speakers. It’s naked and unashamed, of course. The song’s gotta be loud. Not volume-wise either. You need to be able to open that sunroof, lower the windows on the highway and still annoy passersby with the bass drop. They’re great songs because they’re disposable songs. A summer jam is the wet wipe of music: refreshing as it is fleeting and oh so useful at the right time.

Load these songs into your playlist and be the DJ you always wanted for the weekend.
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To the left, to the left. Sending off Hov in a yacht to the left. According to TMZ and HuffPost and about 10,000 sweaty fans, Beyoncé modified the lyrics to her song “Resentment” to call out Jay Z for cheating. This is the moment thirst vacuums and Hov haters have been waiting for: the divorce that makes Beyoncé single again. But all you 9-to-5ers and basic hood vendors can say goodbye to the dream that never was. Bey ain’t marrying you. We came up with a list of chaps she might give a second glance once Team Yonce and handlers review. Hit the jump and click through.

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44 Songs For Jay Z’s 44th

 |  December 4, 2013
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As the legend goes, on December 4, 1969, Gloria Carter and Adnes Reeves (who made love under the sycamore tree) brought Shawn Corey Carter into the world. Their lives and the lives of millions around the world would never be the same from that point forward. Read More

Blue Chips 2: Translating Action Bronson

 |  November 4, 2013
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i can’t front like i ain’t say ‘white ghostface‘ dismissively when i first heard action bronson. first off, that’s a great idea, ghostfaces of all colors and weight classes. second, the only way the King Of Opulence could be rendered more intriguing is to tell that tale from the perspective of someone really familiar with fine living: a white dude.
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Looking for a good read? Here are ten critically acclaimed books about hip hop culture that you must find.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

27 Songs For Drake’s 27th

 |  October 24, 2013
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Happy Birthday Aubrey. Or as they say in Yiddish, A freilekhn geburtstog! Or something like that.

The boy from Toronto turns 27 today. We figured, what better way to celebrate the 27th anniversary of Drake’s birth than to reflect on his career-long body of work? From Comeback Season to Nothing Was The Same, we compiled (at least what we think are) the 27 strongest tracks from his catalogue. Read More

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With his “Yeezus” tour kicking off last Saturday night in Seattle, we finally got a glimpse of the subsequent merchandise Kanye has in-store for his first solo tour in five years. Naturally ‘Ye teamed up with artist Wes Lang for a contemporary twist on 80s metal band logos, complete with praying skulls and Confederate flags. This certainly ain’t your older brother’s Kanye tour. More photos after the jump. Read More

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In 1938, Alex Steinweiss, an art director for Columbia Records invented the concept of album cover art, making way for epic images that continuously influence pop culture. It’s different now that most listeners stream and download music, which has ignited a market for unique album artwork to differentiate one project from the next. Also, design software is much more accessible and apps like instagram are extremely popular. That accessibility has given artists a bevy of new media to expand greatly the idea of album covers. Artists can create several album covers with a mouse click, and with a simple QR code make them interactive, or create a vine video that gives the viewer a short film in lieu of a traditional static album cover.

So it’s no shock that this year is has delivered dope album covers.

Here is my list of 2013’s Five Best Hip Hop Album Covers, based on: visual aesthetic, concept in relation to album name and theme, and creative execution.

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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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