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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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Premature Evaluation: Rick Ross God Forgives, I Don’t

When "Rich Forever," the title track from Rick Ross's great early-2012 mixtape, shows up as a bonus track on his new God Forgives, I Don't,…
Tom Breihan | July 27, 2012 - 1:50 pm
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Rick Ross – “Diced Pineapples” (Feat. Wale & Drake) & “911”

Here's two more from the imminent God Forgives I Don't, the lavish "Diced Pineapples" and the more hard-hitting "911," a track that would have fit…
Corban Goble | July 26, 2012 - 4:15 pm
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Rick Ross – “3 Kings” (Feat. Dr. Dre & Jay-Z)

Earlier tonight, Rick Ross dropped the latest single from God Forgives, I Don't -- a release from which we've already heard "Hold Me Back", "So
Corban Goble | July 19, 2012 - 8:16 pm
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French Montana – “Pop That” (Feat. Rick Ross, Drake & Lil Wayne) Video

French, Drake, Rozay and Wayne rage poolside in the video for "Pop That." Meek Mill totally goes in on this one -- in the pool,…
Corban Goble | July 9, 2012 - 11:32 am
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Rick Ross – “Hold Me Back”

Today, Rick Ross came through with his newest single -- we've already heard God Forgives, I Don't cuts "Touch'N You" and "So Sophisticated" -- and…
Corban Goble | July 2, 2012 - 3:26 pm
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DJ Khaled – “I Wish You Would” (Feat. Kanye West & Rick Ross)

DJ Khaled remains an absolutely ridiculous and indefensible rap-universe presence, but he's still better at rounding up A-listers to perform on songs together than, arguably,…
Tom Breihan | June 28, 2012 - 8:52 am
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Maybach Music Group – “Power Circle” (Feat. Kendrick Lamar) Video

Here's the clip for Maybach Music Group's nine-minute posse cut "Power Circle," and it's basically a chronicle of day-to-day MMG living. So, a lot of…
Corban Goble | June 26, 2012 - 4:38 pm
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Rick Ross – “So Sophisticated” (Feat. Meek Mill) Video

Here's Rozay's clip for "So Sophisticated," a visual that remains true to the Teflon's Don's favored aesthetic (think randomly occurring fires, Bugattis and opulent feasts).
Corban Goble | June 25, 2012 - 2:43 pm
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Stream MMG Self Made 2

Last week, Maybach Music Group posted the leadoff track to Self Made 2, the epic "Power Circle." Now, the hour-long posse record -- featuring active…
Corban Goble | June 21, 2012 - 4:40 pm
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Nas – “Accident Murderers” (Feat. Rick Ross)

Nas and Rozay link up again for Nas's forthcoming Life Is Good, a release from which we've already heard "Daughters," "The Don" and "Nasty." The…
Corban Goble | June 21, 2012 - 4:16 pm
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Maybach Music Group – “Power Circle” (Feat. Kendrick Lamar)

Next month, Rick Ross's Maybach Music Group will release their Self Made 2 compilation, and the album track "Power Circle" features all the rappers currently…
Tom Breihan | June 14, 2012 - 4:06 pm
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French Montana – “Pop That” (Feat. Rick Ross, Drake & Lil Wayne)

French Montana's new single, "Pop That," is the latest rap single that's basically scientifically engineered for Hot 97 dominance, and it certainly goes for broke,…
Corban Goble | June 12, 2012 - 1:47 pm
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Rick Ross – “So Sophisticated” (Feat. Meek Mill)

Just a week after Rozay dropped the Usher-featuring first single from the forthcoming God Forgives, I Don’t, he's back with the second single, "So Sophisticated."…
Corban Goble | May 22, 2012 - 9:00 am

DJ Khaled – “Take It To The Head” Video (Feat. Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne & Chris Brown)

He may not have any readily identifiable talents, but oft-bellowing Miami personality DJ Khaled sure is good at convincing vast numbers of rap celebrities to…
Tom Breihan | May 21, 2012 - 2:50 pm
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Rick Ross – “Touch’N You” (Feat. Usher)

Rick Ross aims for the radio with the Usher collab "Touch'N You," a new single from the forthcoming God Forgives, I Don't. The inclusion of…
Corban Goble | May 15, 2012 - 8:48 am
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Mary J. Blige – “Why?” Video (Feat. Rick Ross)

"Why?" is the sort of strained-relationship midtempo wailer that Mary J. Blige seems to own the patent on, and it's weirdly heartening to see that…
Tom Breihan | May 9, 2012 - 2:26 pm

Rick Ross – “Bag Of Money” Video

Rick Ross's "Bag Of Money" is the first single from Self Made, Vol. 2, his forthcoming Maybach Music compilation, and it's all about how Ross'…
Tom Breihan | May 3, 2012 - 10:18 am
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Download Stalley Savage Journey To The American Dream Mixtape

Everyone who's written about the thoughtful Ohio rap introvert Stalley lately has mentioned that he's a weird fit for Rick Ross's Maybach Music Group label,…
Tom Breihan | March 30, 2012 - 4:05 pm
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Stereogum’s 25 Most Anticipated Albums For Spring/Summer 2012

HBO's medieval drama Game Of Thrones premieres April 1, and this season's plot involves five different claims to the throne and these respective factions' ongoing…
Stereogum | March 29, 2012 - 10:32 am
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DJ Khaled – “Take It To The Head” (Feat. Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne & Chris Brown)

For a main whose main talent seems to be unbearable self-promotional screaming, DJ Khaled sure has a long history of excellent posse cuts to hi…
Tom Breihan | March 27, 2012 - 12:18 pm
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