Last year, I complained because I felt that pop music was consolidating values from outside genres into a bland mixed vegetable soup, that with everyone grasping after the same ingredients, the same mix of light EDM and rock production values served over the same trap drums, listening to everyone’s records and to radio and streaming […]

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XXXTENTACION‘s death has led to even more success for his music, specifically when it concerns streams. According to Spotify Charts, X’s “SAD!” broke a global record on the streaming service with the most streams in a single day. The ? record received 10.4 million streams globally on Tuesday (June 19), the day after the South […]

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XXXTENTACION‘s death has led to even more success for his music, specifically when it concerns streams. According to Spotify Charts, X’s “SAD!” broke a global record on the streaming service with the most streams in a single day. The ? record received 10.4 million streams globally on Tuesday (June 19), the day after the South […]

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Two days after being shot to death during an alleged robbery, XXXTentacion has reportedly broken Spotify’s single-day streaming record with his song “SAD!”, according to Variety. The track racked up 10.4 million spins on Tuesday according to Spotifycharts.com, jumping Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do”, which had 10.1 million plays following its release […]

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The late Jimmy Wopo was poised for a career breakthrough prior to his death. Taylor Gang members Chevy Woods and Sledgren confirmed Wopo signed with Wiz Khalifa’s label before the Pittsburgh native was killed in a shooting in his hometown on Monday (June 18). “Just thinking like damn lil cuz we ain’t even get to […]

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This piece was originally published on August 31, 2017. We’re re-publishing it in light of XXXTentacion’s death. There’s a song near the end of rising South Florida rapper XXXTentacion’s just-released 17 called “Carry On,” where the 11-track mini-album — a ramshackle mix of half-conceived folk musings and confessional depression raps — drops both its amateurish […]

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Nicki Minaj is featured on the cover of ELLE’s July issue, and the story has arrived online. In the interview, she delves into everything from her Queen album to ex-boyfriend Meek Mill’s legal battles. While speaking about the upcoming LP, Black Barbie revealed the project will be notable for its boom bap beats as opposed to any trap […]

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Musician Danny Kirwan, one-time guitarist for British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac, died on Friday at the age of 68. Former bandmate Mick Fleetwood announced Kirwan’s death in a Facebook post Friday. No cause of death has been given. “Today was greeted by the sad news of the passing of Danny Kirwan in London, England,” he […]

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Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge have released their new collaborative project, The Midnight Hour. The 20-track album features guests like Ladybug Mecca, Bilal, CeeLo Green, The Roots’ Questlove and James Poyser, and famed producer No I.D. Both artists already had bountiful careers on their own — Muhammed has been A Tribe Called Quest’s DJ since […]

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Los Angeles, CA – The architects behind Low End Theory, the weekly Hip Hop night at The Airliner in Los Angeles, have revealed their 12-year run is coming to an end. On Wednesday (June 6), Low End Theory issued a statement  Instagram announcing the final 10 shows, which will culminate on August 8. “The journey has […]

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In 2006, Lil Wayne was a jaw-dropping, prolific superstar in his prime. Clipse — Virginian brothers Pusha-T and No Malice — were a pissed-off crime rap duo who had just escaped label limbo and were armed with their now-classic, Neptunes-produced, Hell Hath No Fury. It was a tumultuous time for the rap industry, but no […]

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Comedian/actress Roseanne Barr lost her Roseanne reboot on Tuesday (May 29) after she fired off a racist tweet aimed at former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett. After issuing what many deemed an insincere apology, Barr deleted it and suggested her actions were influenced by the sleep medication Ambien. TMZ caught up with T.I. in West Hollywood on Tuesday night. […]

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Are you new to all this?  Part One of this surreal saga can be found here. ‘Oh the rain falls hard on a humdrum town…’ As the song continued on the radio Will.i.am looked up from his breakfast. “What does ‘humdrum’ mean?” he asked. “It’s like dull,” I replied.  “Or boring.” He went back to […]

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Westside Gunn’s Chris Benoit album is scheduled to drop on June 22. Ahead of its release, the Griselda/Shady Records artist has unveiled the tracklist for his upcoming LP to reveal the impressive lineup of contributors involved in his newest record. The project — also being referred to as Supreme Blientele — features 17 tracks with […]

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