Rolling Stone’s Charles Holmes and Brendan Klinkenberg sat down in our SiriusXM studio to look back on an eventful year in hip-hop, from Drake’s never-ending dominance to the continued ascension of Cardi B and our latest cover star, Travis Scott. Rap’s generational battle continued but, as Klinkenberg points out, “the kids won” — an outcome that was always inevitable. The episode also delves into the year’s triumphs, feuds and controversies, from Nicki Minaj’s battles to the dark story of Tekashi 6ix9ine, and explains how the rise of streaming keeps changing everything. To hear the whole discussion, press play below or download and subscribe on iTunes or Spotify.
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