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Rap music is too vast and overwhelming a thing for any one song to encapsulate all the multitudes it contains. But if I had to pick one song that best encapsulates what circa-now rap music can be, that song would probably be “Dreams And Nightmares (Intro),” the breathless track that opened Meek Mill’s 2012 album… More »

For decades, Houston has been its own rap planet. There are Houston rappers who have legend status outside their city, like Scarface or UGK, the latter of whom actually come from the not-that-nearby town of Port Arthur. But Houston also has local legends with barely any profile in the rest of the world. Z-Ro and… More »

The classic sound of New York rap, the late-’80s/early-’90s style that we most often associate with the city, is based entirely around the drums, and on the way tough and haggard and stressed-out voices interact with those drums. DJ Premier is a legend not because he was an innovator — he wasn’t, not really –… More »

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New Rick Ross Album Black Dollar Out This Week; Stream “Foreclosures”

Following his recent arrest and sort-of-victory over nemesis 50 Cent, Rick Ross has just announced a new album, Black Dollar, his first since last…
Peter Helman | August 31, 2015 - 8:36 pm

Meek Mill Unleashes Epic Twitter Tirade About Drake Not Writing His Own Raps

Rap Twitter pretty much exploded last night. While Nicki Minaj was attempting to get Taylor Swift to check her white privilege -- and then calling…
Tom Breihan | July 22, 2015 - 8:56 am
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50 Cent Ordered To Pay $5M To Rick Ross’ Baby Mama For Sex Tape Fiasco

50 Cent and Rick Ross have been beefing for a long time, and back in 2009, a sex tape featuring Rick Ross’ baby mama Lastonia…
Peter Helman | July 11, 2015 - 1:39 pm
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Gunplay – “Be Like Me” (Feat. Rick Ross)

Embattled Miami rapper Gunplay's Living Legend is finally coming out at the end of this month, and we've already heard the YG-featuring lead single "Wuzhanindoe."…
Chris DeVille | July 10, 2015 - 10:43 am

Rick Ross Out Of Jail On $2 Million Bond

Rick Ross was arrested last week and charged with kidnapping, aggravated assault, and aggravated battery. Ross and his body guard, Nadrian James, reportedly got into…
Caitlin White | July 2, 2015 - 10:12 am
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Rick Ross Arrested For Kidnapping, Aggravated Assault

Atlanta’s WSB-TV reports that Rick Ross has been arrested and charged with kidnapping, aggravated assault, and aggravated battery. A bodyguard for Ross has also bee…
Tom Breihan | June 24, 2015 - 10:03 am
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Future – “Fuck Up Some Commas (Remix)” (Feat. Rick Ross & Big Sean)

"Fuck Up Some Commas" is the rather obvious club-banger off Future's Monster mixtape, and though I'm still reeling over how incredible this all-Spanish version is,…
Caitlin White | May 27, 2015 - 2:18 pm
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50 Cent Sues Rick Ross Over Sex Tape

Sex tapes are the most effective way to shame and blackmail in the 21st century -- which is probably why I'm so proud of Kim…
Caitlin White | May 22, 2015 - 4:38 pm
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Status Ain’t Hood: Fetty Wap Is Like “Hey What’s Up Hello”

During the dark, horrifying Macklemore Ascendancy period of 2013, there was a lot of talk about how the top spot on the Billboard singles chart…
Tom Breihan | May 13, 2015 - 12:38 pm
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Watch SNL Parody Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj, & Die Antwoord In Home 2 Trailer

Last night, Saturday Night Live poked fun at the animated Rihanna vehicle Home by making a trailer for its sequel that has the strongest imaginary…
James Rettig | April 12, 2015 - 10:20 am
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Q&A: Chilly Gonzales On Chambers, Poptimism, And Life As A Musical Genius

Chilly Gonzales has lived so many musical lives it's hard to keep them straight. Born Jason Beck, he's a classically trained pianist, composer, and self-proclaimed…
Caitlin White | March 25, 2015 - 4:12 pm
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Bill Murray Hits SXSW To Tell Jimmy Kimmel A Rick Ross Story

Bill Murray is legendary for, among many other things, making random and miragelike SXSW appearances -- turning up at garage-rock shows to tend bar, say.
Tom Breihan | March 20, 2015 - 10:14 am
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The Week In Rap: Get Ready For Skepta To Be A Thing

I don't know why American critics stopped writing about grime. Sometime around 2004, grime -- the British hybrid of rap and dancehall and UK garage…
Tom Breihan | March 11, 2015 - 11:57 am
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Alec Baldwin Raps With Chance The Rapper, Bill Murray Chills With Rick Ross

It's always fun to see celebrity worlds collide. Take Chance The Rapper and Alec Baldwin, who were apparently hanging out over the weekend and decided…
James Rettig | March 2, 2015 - 9:11 am
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Gunplay – “Scuffed Timbs” (Feat. Rick Ross) (Prod. Timbaland)

Gunplay's debut studio album has been perpetually in limbo for a few years now, but it looks like it could finally be getting a release.
James Rettig | December 17, 2014 - 6:29 pm

The Week In Pop: The Cold Hard Facts On The Year In Pop

Now that December is upon us, publications are starting to roll out their year-end lists. In the preface to our own countdown of the year'…
Chris DeVille | December 4, 2014 - 4:38 pm
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Rick Ross – “If They Knew” (Feat. K. Michelle) Video

During most of the year, it's extremely difficult for a major-label rap artist to get an album out. During the last six weeks of the…
Tom Breihan | November 24, 2014 - 1:30 pm
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