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AN OPEN LETTER TO THE OLD HEADS: YOUR HATE IS THEIR GUAP By: JAAP VAN DER DOELEN “This is total crap!” “I remember when rappers were real!” And of course, the classic “this isn’t hip hop!” Do any of these sound like you? If so you might be an “old head.” The above is small selection of […]

CARDI B : THE NEW QUEEN OF NEW YORK? BY KHRISTEN WILSON Despite what the weather report might tell you, this New York summer took off like normal. We started off with fireworks or gunshots, dependent on what mood your hood was in, and like normal, New York got another summer anthem—and no it doesn’t […]

OPEN SPACE: VIC MENSA from:mass appeal How the Chicago rapper channeled his inner Malcolm X Vic Mensa’s debut album, The Autobiography, was released on Friday, and it serves as exactly what its title suggests. From the intro, “Didn’t I Say,” down to his moody alt-rock serenades, Mensa paints a specific picture of a young black […]

Future drops off his Nicki Minaj-assisted single “You Da Baddest.”   Well here it is. After catching wind of the record back in February when the two were first spotted shooting its music video on a yacht, & later revealing its artwork just last week, Future & Nicki Minaj’s long awaited new record “You Da […]

NEW MUSIC FROM CORBIN, CHIP SKYLARK, IAMSU! AND MORE Just because you blinked while you were thumbing through your apps doesn’t mean you should miss one of the many musical gems that come out every single day. We’re here to make your life a little easier and to make it sound a whole lot better […]

DO WE OWE MEEK MILL AN APOLOGY? BY KHARI NIXON Over the last several weeks, an interesting idea has taken hold–namely that you, me, Safaree (?) the rap community and the internet as a whole owes Meek Mill an apology. It’s an idea that he’s embraced, and for good reason. It’s been a difficult couple […]

10 RAPPERS WE WOULDN’T LIKE Lil Uzi Vert  KNOW IF IT WASN’T FOR SOUNDCLOUD BY MASS APPEAL It’s been a hectic couple of weeks for SoundCloud. First the popular streaming service, (Lil Uzi Vert ) which was founded in 2007 and has had a similar impact on hip hop (and music as a whole) as […]

RHYTHM ROULETTE: CHASE N. CASHE Can’t Buy Respect. Chase N. Cashe has been producing since the age of 17, but fell in love with music even earlier. Though he is well known in the hip hop game as a producer—working with artists like Drake, Lil Wayne, and R Kelly—and rapper he finds himself to be […]

NEW MUSIC FROM OTG AND LITTLE SIMZ, TERRACE MARTIN, ODESZA AND MORE BY KHARI NIXON Just because you blinked while you were thumbing through your apps doesn’t mean you should miss one of the many musical gems that come out every single day. We’re here to make your life a little easier and to make […]

JAY-Z has released the video for “4:44,” the title track off his new album, via Tidal. The rapper/mogul follows his “The Story of OJ” animated video with one created from a montage of clips seemingly pulled from YouTube, On the Run tour footage and a modern dance routine symbolizing the dynamics of Jay and Beyoncé’s […]


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