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Drake is rap’s biggest star and probably its most compelling figure, too. He’s effectively remade the whole idea of the rap star, turning the center of the genre away from hungry street-rap and toward this sonically manicured, stylistically cosmopolitan sound that currently dominates. He’s someone who’s constantly thinking about his own persona and about the… More »

“Broke,” the last song teased from Jason Derulo’s new Everything Is 4 before the album’s release this week, both encapsulates and subverts the approach that has made Derulo one of pop radio’s most unavoidable sub-superstars. Ever since the former industry songwriter broke through as a solo artist with 2009’s Imogen Heap-sampling #1 smash “Whatcha Say,”… More »

Last year, during this column’s infancy, I expressed what by then had become conventional wisdom: American Idol is washed up. My primary evidence was subjective — season 13 winner Candice Glover was releasing her debut album, and up until then I had never heard of her, a failure of cultural saturation that never would have… More »

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Waka Flocka Flame – “Workin”

Waka Flocka Flame's feral, merciless 2010 debut Flockaveli is one of the most important and influential rap albums of the past decade, and thanks to…
Tom Breihan | August 18, 2015 - 1:53 pm
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Watch Waka Flocka Flame Jump Offstage To Break Up A Fight, Force Goons To Hug

At a recent Waka Flocka Flame in Arizona, a fight broke out in the crowd, and Flocka knew just what to do. He jumped offstage,…
Tom Breihan | May 13, 2015 - 11:05 am

Janet Jackson Might Be Releasing A New Album This Summer

UPDATE: Okay, maybe we've established the release isn't coming through Atlantic, but that doesn't mean there's not a new Janet album on the way. According…
Caitlin White | May 8, 2015 - 2:14 pm
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Status Ain’t Hood: Kendrick Lamar’s Brilliant, Stupid Week

A quick housekeeping note: We're changing the name of our Week In Rap column because someone else has claimed ownership over the phrase "the week…
Tom Breihan | April 8, 2015 - 10:44 am
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The Week In Rap: The Great Drake/Kendrick Lamar Rivalry

This year, the best story in rap -- and the best story in music, and maybe the best story in popular culture in general --…
Tom Breihan | March 18, 2015 - 11:08 am
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Mike WiLL Made-It – “Choppin’ Blades” (Feat. RiFF RAFF & Rae Sremmurd’s Slim Jxmmi) Video

Mike WiLL Made-It has shared a video for "Choppin' Blades," a track from his recent Ransom mixtape that features RiFF RAFF and Rae Srummurd's Slim…
James Rettig | March 10, 2015 - 6:11 pm

Waka Flocka Cancels College Show After Frat’s Racist Video Goes Viral

Yesterday, a video made the interent rounds, and it showed a bunch of fuckwit yahoos -- reportedly Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity brothers at the University…
Tom Breihan | March 9, 2015 - 2:49 pm
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The 40 Best Music Videos Of 2014

Next year, YouTube will celebrate its 10th anniversary. For nearly a decade, then, music videos have belonged almost entirely to the internet. Once upon a…
Tom Breihan | December 19, 2014 - 1:01 pm
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Watch American Music Awards ’14 Performances From Taylor Swift, Lorde, Nicki Minaj, Charli XCX, & More

The American Music Awards are being held in Los Angeles tonight with host Pitbull. Taylor Swift opened up the show with the live debut of…
James Rettig | November 23, 2014 - 8:39 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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Girl Talk & Freeway – “Tolerated” (Feat. Waka Flocka Flame) Video

This, right here, is the best music video I've seen in a long-ass time. Philly rap firebreather Freeway and party-starting Pittsburgh producer Girl Talk have…
Tom Breihan | March 31, 2014 - 5:38 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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Download Waka Flocka Flame Duflocka Rant 2 Mixtape

Waka Flocka Flame mixtapes tend to dissolve into one long continuous blur of bellowing and gunshot noises, but 2011's Duflocka Rant was one of hi…
Tom Breihan | February 6, 2013 - 11:28 am

Nardwuar Interviews Waka Flocka

Nardwuar blows Flocka and Brick Squad cohort Wooh Da Kid away with some of his latest crate finds in the latest edition of Nardwuar's ongoing…
Corban Goble | November 13, 2012 - 3:56 pm
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Gucci Mane – “Crazy” (Feat. Waka Flocka Flame) Video (NSFW)

Obviously, if Gucci Mane and Waka Flocka Flame are going to release a video on Halloween, they're going to go all the way with it.
Tom Breihan | October 31, 2012 - 12:20 pm
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Mixtape Of The Week: Waka Flocka Flame Salute Me Or Shoot Me 4

There aren't too many sure things in this world, but here's one of them: If Waka Flocka Flame records a song called "Randy Savage," i…
Tom Breihan | September 19, 2012 - 2:35 pm
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Waka Flocka Flame – “Murda (White Ring Remix)”

Here's former Dark Bands To Watch alum White Ring's murked-up, melted remix of Flocka's "Murda," a cut from his recent return-to-form Salute Me Or Shoot
Corban Goble | September 17, 2012 - 1:51 pm
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