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Drake Says His “Real Fear” Came to Life in Manchester

The idea that an experience as pure and carefree as attending a concert could be shaken by the unforgiving atrocities terrorists any kind is a sickening notion, and just yesterday (May 22) that notion was felt all over again in Manchester. According to the latest reports, two suicide bombs were detonated outside the Manchester venue

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Every Hip-Hop Artist With Over 1 Million Monthly Spotify Listeners

In March, Spotify reached the 50 million paid subscriber plateau. Along with their unpaid user base, the most popular streaming platform in the world currently boasts over 100 million active users. Though a vast number hip-hop fans prefer competing subscription services like Apple Music (because its exclusives) and TIDAL (because Jay Z) over Spotify, not

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Kid Cudi Said My Writing is Worthless, So I Wrote About It

It's Friday night. I'm sitting in a circle  friends discussing the comments Kid Cudi made surrounding the state hip-hop. (What do you do with your Friday nights?) A few hours earlier, I wrote an article on the subject that wouldn’t be published until Monday, and I decided to pre-trial my opinion. As much as I thought about

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It Is Not Okay to Listen to Accused Serial Rapist R. Kelly

June 14, 2008, Robert Kelly shudders a sigh relief and walks out a Cook County courthouse a free man, cleared multiple child pornography charges in a trial that lasted six years. Look at him, armored in an expensive suit carefully chosen for the way its deep blue threads convey a calm and assertive innocence, look at him waving to

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Is Migos Holding Quavo Back From Becoming a Breakout Solo Star?

There’s been an ongoing joke on social media for the last few years that Migos are the male version Destiny’s Child. The comparison has nothing to do with music, and everything to do with Quavo’s undeniable star power. There's a noticeable popularity surrounding Quavo, people see him as the group's leader, and the member most likely to

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Porn Stars in Music Videos: An Absurdly Detailed Investigation

When a story breaks that won't be covered fairly (or at all) by larger media moguls, RefinedHype DJBooth is there. When some sort injustice or wrongdoing goes unreported, RefinedHype DJBooth is there. We are the lighthouse in the foggy, treacherous seas internet journalism. A beacon hope where there is only despair. If we didn't prove it with

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Ranking Every Drake Album From Worst to Best

The glow promise and potential radiated by the end Drake’s verse on “Ransom.” The classic loosie was my introduction to the Toronto newcomer; Lil Wayne’s feature encouraged the initial listen, but I went back for the kid who said, “Add until they subtract me, I’ll never be your equal.” He captivated with wit and charisma,

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Started From the Bottom, Literally: Darrein Safron & Hip-Hop’s Relationship With Homelessness Article

This morning (May 15), Strange Music newcomer and St. Louis native Darrein Safron joined label boss Tech N9ne and label mate Stevie Stone for an interview on Sway In The Morning, during which he talked about his lifelong dream being a career musician. Before being discovered by Tech N9ne, however, Darrein had exhausted what seemed like

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