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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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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 out the media for pitting two women against each other — Nicki’s boyfriend Meek Mill was bringing the motherfucking ruckus. Meek started off his evening by making fun of Minaj’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 22, 2015 - 8:56 am

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 Leviston, her former boyfriend Maurice Murray, and a digitally inserted 50 Cent (as a commentator) appeared on the internet, supposedly uploaded by 50 Cent to get back at Ross. Levisto… More »

By: Peter Helman / July 11, 2015 - 1:39 pm

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.” The second track we’re hearing from the project is a collaboration with Gunplay’s Maybach Music Group leader Rick Ross called “Be Like Me.” From the ominous, fast-paced trap production to… More »

By: 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 a fight and pistol whipped two workers at his Georgia home. Initially, the court denied Ross bail but today TMZ reports that he has paid $2 million at his bond… More »

By: Caitlin White / July 2, 2015 - 10:12 am

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 been arrested and charged with the same things. Ross owns a home in Fayette County, Georgia, and he allegedly got into a fight with one of the workers doing repairs o… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 24, 2015 - 10:03 am

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, Rick Ross and Big Sean jumped on a remix of the English version today. You’ve gotta hand it to Future, “fuck up some commas” is the coolest euphemism for spending… More »

By: Caitlin White / May 27, 2015 - 2:18 pm

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 Kardashian for turning her former shame into a multi-million-dollar empire. But I digress. This sex tape story is a much sadder tale involving 50 Cent (aka Curtis Jackson), Rick Ro… More »

By: Caitlin White / May 22, 2015 - 4:38 pm

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 charts had become a whites-only zone. And it’s true: In the past few years, white pop-rappers like Macklemore and Iggy Azalea have managed to blow up huge by bypassing rap’s traditionally… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 13, 2015 - 12:38 pm

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 cast list this side of a mixtape. Kendrick Lamar, Missy Elliott, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, and Die Antwoord all make an appearance as characters in the film, and a particular… More »

By: James Rettig / April 12, 2015 - 10:20 am

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 musical genius (hey, somebody has to say it, right?) who has co-authored musicals; pursued the alt-rock path as the frontman of Son; set Guinness records for piano-playing; tried his hand… More »

By: Caitlin White / March 25, 2015 - 4:12 pm

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. And last night, he was a guest on one of the SXSW episodes of Jimmy Kimmel Live. On the show, he told a vague story about trying to work with… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 20, 2015 - 10:14 am

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 and blaring car alarms — was the most exciting genre of music in the world. London suddenly seemed to overflow with hyena-voiced teenagers who’d learned how to make madly juddering… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 11, 2015 - 11:57 am

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 to record a video of Chance beatboxing while Baldwin raps over him. Chance posted the team-up on Instagram yesterday, and the viral get together is meant to raise awareness for… More »

By: James Rettig / March 2, 2015 - 9:11 am

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. After a few false starts and a handful of mixtapes, including this year’s self-titled, Living Legend is scheduled to come out early next year. “Scuffed Timbs” is a new track… More »

By: 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’s best albums, we noted how subjective that pursuit is, but there is a more objective way to determine what music ruled 2014: cold hard facts. And what do you know,… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 4, 2014 - 4:38 pm

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 year, though, those albums come fast and furious. I have no idea why that would be, but one of the biggest albums of this year’s fourth-quarter rap-album marathon is Rick… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 24, 2014 - 1:30 pm

America’s Pear Farmers Thank Rick Ross

Rick Ross lost some weight recently thanks to a fruit-heavy diet (RossFit isn’t real, unfortunately), and when he proclaimed his love of pears to an interviewer last summer, he instantly became the stuff of Vine legend. Rozay’s “Shout out to all the pear” quote became one of 2014’s biggest memes — never mind that Ro… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 21, 2014 - 5:39 pm
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