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That tingling feeling in your cheeks is not Abel Tesfaye’s supply kicking in. It’s the most wonderful time of the year — year-end list season — and the festivities continue today with the Week In Pop’s second annual rundown of the finest pop singles of the past 12 months. … More »

Nine years ago, it would’ve been hard to believe that we’d ever get a Rick Ross album that mostly worked as a pure rapping exercise. When he released “Hustlin'” into the world in 2006, rapping was not what Rick Ross was about. His big contributions were spurious claims of being friends with dead drug kingpins… More »

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 »

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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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Puff Daddy – “Big Homie” (Feat. Rick Ross & French Montana) Video

Sean Combs is just fun to watch. The rapper, who recently reverted to Puff Daddy form after years as Diddy, just came back roaring with…
Tom Breihan | March 31, 2014 - 3:49 pm
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Puff Daddy – “Big Homie” (Feat. Rick Ross & French Montana)

Because he can't help but stoke the fuels of Twitter snark every few weeks, the man known to the government as Sean Combs (and to…
Tom Breihan | March 26, 2014 - 4:37 pm
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Rick Ross – “The Devil Is A Lie” Video

Rick Ross's new album Mastermind is far from being his best work, but "The Devil Is A Lie," its stormy and horn-stabbed Jay Z collab,…
Tom Breihan | March 21, 2014 - 10:27 am

The Week In Pop: The Mis-MGMT Of Foster The People

Every few years, a musician achieves that rare combination of commercial dominance and critical acclaim -- and therefore inspires lots of copycats -- only to…
Chris DeVille | March 20, 2014 - 3:58 pm
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The Week In Pop: It’s Time We All Agreed That Coldplay Are Great

We need to have a conversation about Coldplay. …
Chris DeVille | March 13, 2014 - 4:22 pm
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Rick Ross – “War Ready” (Feat. Jeezy) Video

Rick Ross's new album Mastermind tends to sag under the weight of its own opulence, but it finds one of its few moments of true…
Tom Breihan | March 10, 2014 - 9:14 am

Watch Kanye West & Big Sean’s Surprise Appearance With Rick Ross On Arsenio

Rick Ross's new album Mastermind came out on Tuesday, and he's been all over the late-night TV circuit for the last few weeks. But he…
Tom Breihan | March 7, 2014 - 8:55 am
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Watch Rick Ross Play Late Night With French Montana

Rick Ross was the musical guest on Late Night With Seth Meyers last night, and sadly, Fred Armisen's house band of '90s indie heavyweights did…
Tom Breihan | March 6, 2014 - 11:27 am

Premature Evaluation: Rick Ross Mastermind

It feels like it's been a lifetime since word leaked out that the actual backstory of William Leonard Roberts II, since we learned that his…
Tom Breihan | March 3, 2014 - 1:59 pm
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Big K.R.I.T. – “New Agenda” (Feat. Rick Ross)

At this point, it doesn't make much sense to call the Mississippi rapper/producer Big K.R.I.T. "underground" anymore. He's on Def Jam, his last album had…
Tom Breihan | March 3, 2014 - 11:53 am

Rick Ross – “Nobody” (Feat. French Montana & Diddy) Video

Last week Rick Ross released the Mastermind track "Nobody" as a single, and Tom noted that French Montana's hook repurposes the Notorious B.I.G.'s "You’re Nobody…
Chris DeVille | February 27, 2014 - 5:37 pm

Stream Rick Ross Mastermind

Right now, the whole major-label system is such a mess that even A-list rappers have a hell of a time putting out albums. But after…
Tom Breihan | February 26, 2014 - 8:48 am
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Watch Rick Ross Play The Tonight Show With The Roots

"The Devil Is A Lie," Rick Ross's new Jay Z collab, is a harder and more anthemic song than either Ross or Jay has any…
Tom Breihan | February 25, 2014 - 9:00 am

Rick Ross – “Nobody” (Feat. French Montana & Diddy)

Rick Ross's Biggie Smalls corpse-humpery levels have always been strong, but they reach record levels with "Nobody," a song from his new album Mastermind. The…
Tom Breihan | February 20, 2014 - 8:52 am
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Rick Ross – “War Ready” (Feat. Young Jeezy)

It took Rick Ross a while to put together his new album Mastermind, and of all its prospective early singles, the only one that's going…
Tom Breihan | February 10, 2014 - 12:16 pm
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Rick Ross – “Oyster Perpetual”

I have no idea what the phrase "Oyster Perpetual" means, except that it sounds vaguely luxurious, and that's probably exactly the way Rick Ross means…
Tom Breihan | February 4, 2014 - 8:59 am
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Rick Ross – “Bound 2 (Freestyle)” Video

Rick Ross doesn't top "Step back, can't get spunk on the mink" on his freestyle of the Yeezus album closer, but it's decent enough. He…
James Rettig | January 17, 2014 - 12:58 pm
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Rick Ross Mastermind Coming March 4th

It's been over a year since we found out the name of Rick Ross' sixth album was Mastermind and now we finally have a release…
James Rettig | January 14, 2014 - 4:08 pm
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Rick Ross Sues LMFAO

Rick Ross is apparently feeling confident after his recent court victory over cocaine kingpin "Freeway" Ricky Ross, in which a judge ruled that the rapper…
Chris DeVille | January 3, 2014 - 10:33 am
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