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  • Donald Glover's Childish Gambino Makes a Case for Hip-Hop Relevance

    Donald Glover's Childish Gambino Makes a Case for Hip-Hop Relevance | ARTICLE

    During DJ SOSUPERSAM's opening set at New York City's Terminal 5 last night, Kanye West's "Get ‘Em High" elicited a visceral crowd reaction. It made sense. Despite his Lil Wayne flow and Drake inflections, Donald Glover,...

    November 4, 2011 2:50 PM ET
  • 1977

    1977 | ALBUM REVIEW

    "You used to strip for a nigga," Terius Nash reminisces on "Used To Be." "Now, you got nothing but lip for a nigga." 1977, a free, "unofficial" album from the urban pop titan usually known as The-Dream,...

    October 18, 2011 12:00 AM ET
  • Rick Ross Announces New Singles, Album Release Date

    Rick Ross Announces New Singles, Album Release Date | ARTICLE

    Tuesday night, on New York radio station Hot 97's Funkmaster Flex show, hip-hop heavyweight Rick Ross premiered a double single from his fifth solo album, God Forgives, I Don’t, and announced a December 13th release date for the...

    October 6, 2011 11:10 AM ET
  • Rapper J. Cole Debuts Fierce First Album at New York Listening Party

    Rapper J. Cole Debuts Fierce First Album at New York Listening Party | ARTICLE

    Before he'd even shown his face at his debut listening party last night, Roc Nation freshman J. Cole made it known that lyrics were the focus on his album. Adorning the walls of downtown NYC staple Santos...

    September 13, 2011 11:40 AM ET
  • BlackenedWhite

    BlackenedWhite | ALBUM REVIEW

    Rapper Hodgy Beats and producer Left Brain comprise MellowHype, an offshoot of the viral rap collective Odd Future. Much of the "mellow" has been scrubbed away from their previously free debut, and what remains is a chaotic...

    August 15, 2011 6:30 PM ET
  • Random Axe

    Random Axe | ALBUM REVIEW

    Thanks to its low-gloss boom-bap and blinkered, stream-of-consciousness flows, ornery rap nerds will inevitably compare Random Axe to hip-hop's "golden age"—"if this came out in '95, it'd be a classic!" But that's a reductionist view: Axe was...

    July 8, 2011 5:07 PM ET
  • Finally Famous

    Finally Famous | ALBUM REVIEW

    Big Sean declares himself "prom king" on his debut, but the Detroit MC sounds more like a talented class clown. After freestyling for Kanye West, Sean scored a deal with Ye's G.O.O.D. Music, and the sharp...

    June 28, 2011 12:10 AM ET
  • Covert Coup

    Covert Coup | ALBUM REVIEW

    This New Orleans MC (and former

    May 12, 2011 6:20 PM ET
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