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When Puff Daddy announced his Bad Boy reunion tour earlier this year, the thing I was most excited about and most disappointed to miss was seeing Yonkers trio the Lox… More »


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The Lox, the hip-hop group made up of Jadakiss, Styles P, and Sheek Louch, reemerged a few years ago with a trio of new EPs. And now, after reuniting earlierMore »


It showed up in the lower reaches of the Billboard top 10 last week: A giddy new dance-craze record, one made by a couple of teenagers who’d had absolutely no… More »


The BET Hip-Hop Awards are a fairly meaningless annual event, except for one thing: They’re where we get to see the Cyphers, the video series where a random assortment of… More »


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On the old Comedy Central puppets-doing-prank-calls show Crank Yankers, there was once a sketch where Ludacris called Def Jam president Kevin Liles and informed him that he would be changing… More »


Midway through Savage Mode, the fearsome young Atlanta rapper 21 Savage’s new mixtape with producer Metro Boomin, there’s a song called “Bad Guy.” Really, every song on Savage Mode could… More »


Vince Staples is 22 years old. He was born in 1993. When Illmatic and Ready To Die came out, he was a baby. Staples made one of the best rap… More »


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Who knew a tweet from Weezy last December would unfold into the ugly soap opera that is Lil Wayne vs. Birdman? After nine months, three lawsuits, three spinoff dramas, direct… 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… More »


During the dark, horrifying Macklemore Ascendancy period of 2013, there was a lot of talk about how the top spot on the Billboard singles charts had become a whites-only zone. More »


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Over the weekend, the eternally chill New Orleans rapper Curren$y released Pilot Talk III, the eagerly anticipated sequel to his two great 2010 albums, which remain the best things he’s… More »


Credit: The Lox - All We Know

It’s been a while since Yonkers goon-rap veterans the Lox recorded anything as a unit, but all three members — Jadakiss, Styles P, Sheek Louch — recently reassembled on their… More »


Credit: Lil Wayne - "Gotti"

Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter V was supposed to come out later this year, but now it’s been delayed indefinitely, which is crazy. Wayne is one of the biggest stars in… More »


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Tomorrow, we’ll get to hear what happens when Gregg Gillis makes rap beats for extended periods of time and doesn’t shoot them full of Bon Jovi choruses or whatever. That’s… More »


Credit: Meek Mill - "Heaven Or Hell" video

On “Heaven Or Hell,” a track from his great Dreamchasers 3 mixtape, the Philly rap animal Meek Mill flipped the Luniz classic “I Got 5 On It” into a gritty… More »


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