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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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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
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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
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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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Project Pat – “Imma Get Me Sum” (Feat. Rick Ross & Juicy J)

Rick Ross got the Memphis knucklehead-rap legend and longtime Three 6 Mafia affiliate Project Pat to show up on "Elvis Presley Blvd.," his recent street…
Tom Breihan | October 20, 2014 - 10:46 am

The Weeknd – “Often (Remix Feat. Schoolboy Q & Rick Ross)”

The Weeknd has been running with "Often" for a while now -- what at first seemed like a one-off single has already gotten a…
James Rettig | October 15, 2014 - 10:50 pm

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

Around this time last year, the entire music world backed away slowly from R. Kelly after his old sex-crimes accusations reentered the conversation. He wa…
Tom Breihan | October 3, 2014 - 10:48 am
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Rick Ross – “Elvis Presley Blvd.” (Feat. Project Pat) Video

Rick Ross already released one album this year, the orchestrally grandiose Mastermind, and now he's planning on following it up with a new album called…
Tom Breihan | September 17, 2014 - 4:14 pm
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The Game – “Don’t Shoot” (Feat. Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Diddy, Fabolous, Wale, DJ Khaled, Swizz Beatz, Yo Gotti, Curren$y, Problem, King Pharaoh, & TGT)

That list of rappers and musicians up top is an all-star team and they've all gotten together for the 6-minute anthem "Don't Shoot" to addre…
James Rettig | August 27, 2014 - 6:44 pm
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Rick Ross Hops On That Terrible Ed Sheeran Song

Though Chris hasn't expressed much admiration for Ed Sheeran over in the Week In Pop, maybe the guy's not all bad? I mean, he co-wrote
Miles Bowe | August 18, 2014 - 2:33 pm
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Jeezy – “Beautiful” (Feat. The Game & Rick Ross)

Atlanta's formerly-young Jeezy has built up a durable 10-year catalog mostly by rapping about the triumphs and stresses of the drug trade over tense, gothic,…
Tom Breihan | August 13, 2014 - 10:37 am
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Rick Ross – “What A Shame” (Feat. French Montana) Video

Lord only knows why Rick Ross felt like he had to release two music videos in two days for songs from a months-old album, but…
Tom Breihan | August 4, 2014 - 5:22 pm
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Rick Ross – “Supreme” Video

"Supreme" is one of the most sweeping, luxurious tracks on Rick Ross' excessively sweeping and luxurious 2014 album Mastermind, and its new video practically dri…
Tom Breihan | August 4, 2014 - 12:25 pm

Detroit Rapper Trick Trick’s Mob Reportedly Blocks Rick Ross From Playing Detroit

The Detroit rapper Trick Trick might not be a household name outside his hometown, but he's infamous for busting heads at least as much a…
Tom Breihan | June 23, 2014 - 3:41 pm
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Rick Ross – “Thug Cry” (Feat. Lil Wayne) Video

Rick Ross's "Thug Cry" is a mellow, meditative song from Ross's not-great new album Mastermind, and its new video, from longtime Ross associate DRE Films,…
Tom Breihan | May 5, 2014 - 1:15 pm
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DJ Khaled – “They Don’t Love You No More” (Feat. Jay Z, Rick Ross, Meek Mill, French Montana)

DJ Khaled has been an A-list rap fixture for the better part of a decade, even though he doesn't really do anything except yell. I…
Tom Breihan | April 29, 2014 - 10:26 am
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Rick Ross – “Rich Is Gangsta” Video

Rick Ross is often on a mission to prove not only the magnitude of his richness but just how fantastic it is to have said…
Sam Behrens | April 4, 2014 - 3:04 pm
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The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Last week, in this space, I lamented that fact that, Gwar, who built a low-budget DIY empire partly because of their music video aesthetic, had…
Tom Breihan | April 4, 2014 - 2:05 pm
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LeBron James – “Fuckwithmeyouknoigotit (Freestyle)”

Back in the mid-aughts, hip-hop mixtape culture was driven by MCs aiming to one-up each other by freestyling (or "freestyling") on other people's beats. Lil…
Chris DeVille | April 1, 2014 - 5:42 pm
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