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On the list of history’s greatest, most important rap producers, you will probably never find one with less ambition than Madlib. When I talk about ambition, I don’t mean the drive to push one’s own ideas, to test and exceed the things that one has done in the past. Madlib has that. He’s made entire… More »

We’ve been waiting all year for new albums from some of pop music’s biggest names, and it’s looking like many of them will finally arrive this fall. Probably. Maybe? Whether or not Q4 turns out to be Yeezy Season, it should definitely be blockbuster season for the music industry if all goes according to plan. More »

Rick Ross never really seemed hungry; it was part of his appeal. When we met him, he was pushing an overblown comic-book kingpin character, talking about knowing “the real Noriega” and throwing speedboat chases into his videos. When his past as a corrections officer came to light, nobody was really mad because his whole character… More »

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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 been…
Tom Breihan | June 24, 2015 - 10:03 am

Status Ain’t Hood: Beatking, Sauce Twinz, And Houston Rap’s Next Wave

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…
Tom Breihan | June 10, 2015 - 9:49 am

Status Ain’t Hood: The Meditative Chamber-Rap Of Dr. Yen Lo

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…
Tom Breihan | May 27, 2015 - 5:33 pm

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

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

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…
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…
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…
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.
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…
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…
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.
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…
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…
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…
Chris DeVille | November 21, 2014 - 5:39 pm

Rick Ross Touts “RossFit” Workout Method, Says “Fuck Bruce Springsteen” In Funny Or Die Video

I don't know if the world is ready for a self-aware Rick Ross, but it's happening. He's out here making Funny Or Die videos now.
Tom Breihan | November 18, 2014 - 11:40 am

Rick Ross – “Movin’ Bass” (Feat. Jay Z)

Rick Ross has shared another track from his second album of the year, Hood Billionaire. So far, we've heard "Elvis Presley Blvd.," the R. Kelly-assisted…
James Rettig | November 11, 2014 - 8:22 pm

Watch Pharrell Reunite With N.E.R.D., Debut Gwen Stefani’s “Spark The Fire” At Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival

Pharrell headlined Odd Future's annual Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival in Los Angeles over the weekend, and a couple notable things happened during his set. For…
Chris DeVille | November 10, 2014 - 10:39 am

Rick Ross – “Nickel Rock” (Feat. Lil Boosie) & “Elvis Presley Blvd. (Remix)”

Rick Ross apparently still intends to release his new album Hood Billionaire before this month is over, and his new track "Nickel Rock" is a…
Tom Breihan | November 4, 2014 - 11:01 am

Rick Ross – “Keep Doin’ That (Rich Bitch)” (Feat. R. Kelly) Video

Rick Ross' Hood Billionaire comes out next month, and it's his second album of the year following Mastermind, which came out back in March. A…
James Rettig | October 26, 2014 - 5:58 pm
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