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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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Travis Scott Releases Three New, Super Underwhelming Records Article

Travis Scott is a man his word. Several days after warning fans his plans to release a gaggle new songs, Scott delivered three new records on Monday evening (May 15), led by “Green & Purple,” featuring Playboi Carti, “Butterfly Effect” and “A Man.” Upon first listen—and let's be honest, Travis Scott records don't require repeat listens

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Holy Sh*t You Need to Hear M. T. Hadley’s “Janet,” the Gem From Blonded 006 Article

In the wee hours Monday morning, a time when only insomniacs, graveyard creatives, and OVO owls are awake, an announcement was made that the sixth installment blonded RADIO would be playing on Beats 1. Frank Ocean doesn’t care about fans getting any sleep, and he has no regard for the madness Monday mornings. Sleep was enticing

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Joey Bada$$ Watched Swizz Beatz Make 25 “Bangers” in Under an Hour Article

Earlier this month, Zaytoven revealed that he never spends more than 10 minutes making a beat. While most producers don't operate in this fashion, ten spending hours, if not days or weeks on one record, Zay is far from the only producer who crafts new production at a rapid pace. According to Joey Bada$$, who

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Logic Explains Lyric About Kanye “Not Really Being That Voice” He Once Was Article

The day before Logic released his latest album, Everybody, he sent out a tweet praising one his greatest musical role models, Kanye West. Fans, course, speculated that this meant West would be making a surprise guest appearance on Everybody, a la J. Cole on “AfricAryaN,” but, as it turned out, Logic's tweet was actually an

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Frank Ocean, Master Rapper, Steals the Show (Twice) on A$AP Rocky’s “RAF” Article

Earlier this year, Yoh recapped Frank Ocean’s brief history as a master rapper, which began with his show-stealing verse on Odd Future’s 2012 posse cut “Oldie” and continued on Blonde tracks like “Nights” and “Futura Free.” Since then, Frank’s endless ouput (pardon the pun) has only solidified his status as one the best rappers in

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That Time a 22-Year-Old Lil Wayne Said He’d Be Done Rapping at 35 Article

For anyone reading this article that’s currently 22 years old, just know that within a decade you’ll be kicking yourself for some the shit you’re saying and thinking right now. Time makes fools us all, and if you think that your expectations life right now are going to hold steady, get ready to be repeatedly

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Tracking the Evolution of the Hip-Hop Mosh Pit Article

If you watch NBA highlights on any given night, you are essentially guaranteed to see a few incredible examples teams celebrating enthusiastically after an emphatic dunk by one their teammates. There are, course, the amazing bench celebrations—the likes which have served as the fodder for so many great memes—but, for the purposes this article, I’d

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Black Art, White Voice: Navigating My Identity as a Hip-Hop Writer Article

It’s four in the morning, it’s too hot in my apartment to sleep, and I’m listening to Illmatic again. An empty beer bottle is sitting on my windowsill. Nothing new under the sun. Primo’s knocking; I’m caught in a wrinkle in the space-time continuum straight out Neil deGrasse Tyson’s wet dreams, some glitch in the

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