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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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The 100 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2014

We're almost (almost!) done reflecting on the year that was, so it's time to start taking a closer look at the year that will be.
Chris DeVille | December 23, 2013 - 11:23 am
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Rick Ross – “The Devil Is A Lie” (Feat. Jay Z)

The Rick Ross collab "FuckWithMeYouKnowIGotIt" was easily the best song on Jay Z's last album Magna Carta Holy Grail, and now Jay has returned the…
Tom Breihan | December 19, 2013 - 1:30 pm
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The Year In Molly

MDMA aka ecstasy aka Molly has a long, storied musical history and wizened drug rappers Danny Brown and Juicy J have been spearheading a new…
Chris DeVille | December 18, 2013 - 9:04 am
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Stereogum’s 50 Favorite Songs Of 2013

Determining the year's best albums is, admittedly, a subjective pursuit. But even more than an albums roundup, a list of songs is an intensely personal…
Stereogum | December 12, 2013 - 1:09 pm
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Watch SNL’s Kim & Kanye Talk Show, The Worst Cover Songs Of All Time, And Lady Gaga & R. Kelly Performance

Tonight's Saturday Night Live gave us Waking Up With Kimye, a talk show in which Jay Pharaoh and Nasim Pedrad reprised their familiar impressions of…
Scott Lapatine | November 17, 2013 - 1:19 am
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Pusha T – “Hold On” (Feat. Rick Ross) Video

Pusha T released his awesomely stark and snarly album My Name Is My Name last month, and for months, he's been making cold and minimal…
Tom Breihan | November 14, 2013 - 10:11 am
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The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

This past weekend's YouTube Music Awards presented an interesting conundrum for this column. The show labeled its performances as "live music videos," and pulled i…
Tom Breihan | November 8, 2013 - 10:34 am
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Gunplay – “Kush” (Feat. Lil Wanye & Rick Ross)

Gunplay might finally be getting a shot! The out-of-control Miami rap firebrand has been kicking around the margins of Rick Ross's Maybach Music empire for…
Tom Breihan | November 7, 2013 - 10:08 am

Rick Ross – “No Games” (Feat. Future) Video

The thunderous Future collab "No Games" is Rick Ross's biggest song in a minute, and someone must've realized that a song like that needs a…
Tom Breihan | November 4, 2013 - 9:45 am

Drake – “Hold On, We’re Going Home (Rick Ross Remix)” Video

Time for another part of our ongoing series "Rick Ross Raps Well On New Wave Songs That Should Not Be Able To Comfortably Accommodate Rick…
Tom Breihan | October 25, 2013 - 9:32 am

Lorde – “Royals (Rozay Remix)”

Is Rick Ross just contractually obligated to rap on any song that mentions Maybachs in the lyrics? Lorde’s massive left-field smash “Royals” is pretty much…
Tom Breihan | October 23, 2013 - 10:36 am
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Drake (Feat. Rick Ross) – “Hold On, We’re Going Home (MMG Remix)”

"Hold On, We're Going Home," the endlessly pillowy, Majid Jordan-assisted New Wave jam that carried Drake to Top 40 success, yielded one awesomely ridiculous music
Chris DeVille | October 11, 2013 - 4:33 pm
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Rick Ross – “No Games” (Feat. Future) Video

The Future collab "No Games" is the most triumphant and visceral Rick Ross single in a long minute, so it's mystifying that he decided to…
Tom Breihan | September 25, 2013 - 11:58 am

Gunplay – “Gallardo” (Feat. Rick Ross & Yo Gotti) Video (NSFW)

Gunplay is one of the greatest headknock rappers currently walking the face of the earth, and he's also a part of one of rap's most…
Tom Breihan | September 16, 2013 - 3:38 pm

Rick Ross – “No Games” (Feat. Future)

It's always a bit disconcerting to watch a star like Rick Ross flopping around, trying to find the right first single to launch an album.
Tom Breihan | September 6, 2013 - 9:17 am
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Rick Ross – “I Wonder Why”

It's been a while since we had a certifiable Rick Ross monster of a banger. I don't know if his new single "I Wonder Why"…
Tom Breihan | July 29, 2013 - 5:00 pm
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DJ Khaled – “No New Friends” (Feat. Drake, Lil Wayne, & Rick Ross) Video

DJ Khaled's new posse cut single "No New Friends" reconstructs the lineup of Khaled's great 2011 single "I'm On One," and like that song, it'…
Tom Breihan | June 10, 2013 - 10:34 am

DJ Khaled – “No New Friends” (Feat. Drake, Lil Wayne & Rick Ross)

Once upon a time, DJ Khaled stumbled into taking credit for one of the best singles of 2011, when his name appeared on the left…
Tom Breihan | April 16, 2013 - 12:08 pm
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Stream The Spring Breakers Soundtrack

After the video for Trinidad James’s “All Gold Everything (Remix)” was released, Tom took to the Twitterverse to assist him in uncovering the identity of…
Claire Lobenfeld | March 6, 2013 - 1:32 pm
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Rick Ross – “Ashamed” Video

Usually, I can watch a rap video without being reduced to a puddle of jealousy from all the trappings of wealth. But fucking hell, Rick…
Tom Breihan | March 5, 2013 - 9:16 am
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