SoundCloud SoundCloud is finally becoming DJ-friendly again. The streaming services will no longer be removing mixes or deleting DJs’ accounts for copyright infringement thanks to new licensing deals. SoundCloud founder Eric Wahlforss announced the policy in an interview with Groove, according to Fact Magazine. Wahlforss said that SoundCloud has struck deals with the licensing groups, […]

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Bruce Glikas, Getty s Against All Odds Hip-hop-inspired musicals are nothing new, but Lin-Manuel Miranda changed the game with his Broadway play, Hamilton. Now the rapping thespian is continuing his momentum with The Hamilton Mixtape featuring rap’s biggest names. Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared in the Winter 2016 issue XXL Magazine, on stands Dec. 27. […]

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Desiigner’s breakthrough year just got a little more impressive. Today (Dec. 12), Def Jam Recordings announced that Desiigner’s hit single “Panda” went quadruple platinum. The Brooklyn rapper’s “Timmy Turner” was also certified gold by the Recording Industry Association America. “Panda” completely changed the life Desiigner. The G.O.O.D. Music artist went from a complete unknown to […]

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The Weeknd doesn’t care whether or not you’ve settled in with Starboy. This man makes music, and he doesn’t seem to be taking a breather anytime soon. In his cover story with Billboard, Abel revealed that his music making process is constant: “After this album’s done, we’ll be ­working. I have ideas and songs that I want to get […]

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The Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 is returning to retailers this Saturday, December 17th in the always popular Black/White colorway, which has ficially been revealed today. Just like the Yeezy Boost 350 V2s that preceded it, the kicks feature a streak across the upper with “SPLY-350” text on the left shoe and a mirror image “SPLY-350” on the right […]

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A reprehensible political meme was posted to the Facebook page former Republican congressman and Tea Party leader Allen West on Friday night (Dec. 9). West, who represented Florida’s 22nd congressional district in the House Representatives from 2011 to 2013, is a prominent conservative political commentator with over 2.5 million Facebook followers. This particular meme — […]

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J. Cole’s new album, 4 Your Eyez Only, arrived last week, and it’s already being talked about as some the North Carolina rapper’s best work. Of course, every Cole fan may have a different answer when it comes to which his projects is the strongest, with some forever standing by his mixtape work, and others who […]

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Lupe Fiasco is working towards the release his next album DROGAS Light. Last Monday he released a song called “Killers.” This afternoon he shared an unmixed called “N.E.R.D.” that he recently recorded in Lincoln, Nebraska. “N.E.R.D.” is a freestyle over J. Cole’s “Everybody Dies,” which uses the beat from A Tribe Called Quest’s “Lyrics to Go.” Lupe has always […]

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Cleveland rapper Doe Boy was sentenced to three years in prison shortly after signing to Freebandz as a raw 18-year-old talent. He was released in early 2016 and has spent the remainder the year toiling away on his comeback tape Streetz Need Me. At last, the 18-track project arrives today. Streetz Need Me features production by the […]

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Bill Murray has no problem trolling the President. No President has used viral videos as well as President Barack Obama. Granted, he and George W Bush are the other presidents to have served when “viral videos” were even a thing, but still. Obama has smartly used the videos to promote his various initiatives, and today’s […]

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R&Beef is in the air, and it seems that PartyNextDoor has finally publicly addressed his troubles with Jeremih. After the Chicago singer was removed from the tour’s lineup, PND finally addressed the elephant in the room last night at a show in San Francisco. Here’s what Party told the crowd: “I appreciate everybody filling up this room, […]

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A couple Instagram posts have the internet speculating the possibility a Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill break-up. While it’s hard to make a call as to whether or not this should be taken as a publicity stunt, a simple couple fight, or an actual end to the relationship, it’s fitting that it’s happening on Instagram, […]

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It seems that 22 Savage has finally gotten under the skin 21 Savage’s camp. After months the Baton Rouge rapper eating f his Atlanta counterpart’s success, 21 Savage’s crew have finally broken their relative silence, taking to Instagram to air out grievances. A few days ago, 21 Gang Chevy posted a photo on Instagram 22 Savage’s […]

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O.T. Genasis and T.I. team up for the “Get Racks” video. O.T. Genasis came through with his Coke N Butter mixtape last month, and once again, he’s put together a few potential hits this time around. “Get Racks” is built f the same infectious repetition as his very effective “Cut It,” enlisting the savvy voice […]

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Big Sean shares the colorful video for “Bounce Back.” Big Sean’s “Bounce Back” has already made a dent on the Hot 100, and now that the vibrant video has been released it should continue its ascent up the charts. The stylish video features Sean rapping with a desert sunset behind him, as well as atop […]

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December heated up more than expected this past week, with J. Cole, Ab-Soul, The-Dream, Hodgy (Beats), Post Malone, Tech N9ne, CJ Fly, and Lloyd all dropping new projects. Even with Drake removing himself from the year-end running by pushing back More Life, this week will still keep the excitement ramped up with new projects from Kid Cudi and […]

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Somewhere between his weekend voyage to London to his current sojourn to Los Angeles, Post Malone ran into his boy A$AP Rocky. Rocky (presumably) congratulated Post on his debut album Stoney and dapped him up numerous times. They then posed for a quick photo.  Elsewhere in his London adventure, Post ran into the famed Brazilian fighter Anderson Silva. […]

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PREMIERE: Philadelphia’s Sic puts on for Ms. Hill with “Doo Wop.” Philadelphia spitter Sic keeps his friends close and his heroes closer, choosing to take his respect for Lauryn Hill’s music to the next level. The talented lyricist decided to name his upcoming mixtape The Education Lauryn Hill Son as a sign respect for the Queen […]

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Gucci Mane has gone public radio. The Trap God and his producer Zaytoven were the latest guests on NPR’s Tiny Desk. Gucci Mane‘s 2016 continues to flourish. The once underground underdog is creeping into all mainstream America’s pockets with his latest invasion being NPR’s heralded Tiny Desk series. Tiny Desk has always been welcoming to Hip-Hop […]

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Rick Ross can be a hard guy to read. During an appearance in New York City, the MMG boss had some things to say about Kanye West. What started out sounding like a pure message positivity turned out to be a bit more confusing than just that. This is what Ross had to say: “One time for Yeezy … […]

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Last month, Lil Uzi Vert recently announced that he was working on Luv is Rage 2 by sharing a snippet that marked a change from his futuristic “rock star” rap towards a more traditional style. Over the weekend, he shared a snippet from another unreleased song, this one more in line with the style we’re used to […]

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