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Murda Beatz Explains How Drake’s ‘Nice For What’ Was Written While Playing Video Games

Murda Beatz with the ‘Rap Radar’ podcast crew; Kenya Frank/Rap Radar Rap superstar Drake has been on a roll lately; his domination of the Billboard has been well documented and with Scorpion on its way […]

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Wynton Marsalis Says Rap is ‘More Damaging Than a Statue of Robert E. Lee’

Photo: CelebritySeries.org Wynton Marsalis is a musical legend, no one is denying that. But when it comes to understanding hip-hop culture his dogmatic point of view is a blemish that a man of his stature […]

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Kendrick Lamar Boots Fan Off Stage For Using ‘N-Word,’ Then Gets Accused of Staging the Exchange

Kendrick Lamar performs at the Hangout Music Festival in Alabama this past weekend; Photo: Hangout Music Festival/Twitter  During his set at the Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama Pulitzer Prize-winning lyricist Kendrick Lamar invited […]

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RIFF’d: Ray LaMontagne’s ‘Part of The Light’

Ray LaMontagne‘s newest album Part of the Light is a reassertion of values. It is a straightforward, plain-speaking album that doesn’t mince words. He’s taking a stand against hate and ignorance, and equipping the album […]

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Drawing Inspiration from Biggie Smalls, Students Whip Up Culinary Masterpieces

Winners from a 2017 ‘Yo Stay Hungry’ competition celebrate their 1st place dish victory themed around the Biggie lyric, ‘Now homies play me close like butter and toast’; Photo: Yo Stay Hungry/Vimeo As the years […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Big Daddy Kane

Introducing ‘Notes from Mr. Sandman‘ – a column slapping a spotlight on lyricists overlooked, under appreciated, or just plain criminally slept on. Or like a man named Nas once said, “I never sleep, cause sleep is the cousin of death.” […]

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Man Quits Job (He Never Actually Had) with Rousing Rap Performance

Cedrick Workuff of Kansas City, Missouri quits his ‘job’ at Popeyes; Photo: YouTube We all at one point or another have had a crappy job that we kept because well we needed it. The good […]

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YBN Cordae Addresses Generational Divide with ‘Old Ni**as’

YBN Cordae in the official video for ‘1985 (Intro to the ‘Fall Off’)’; Photo: YBN Cordae/YouTube J. Cole‘s latest album KOD has been lauded by critics, but there are a slew of rappers who aren’t […]

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Video Surfaces of a Young Jada Pinkett Criticizing Eazy-E over His Lyrics

Jada Pinkett Smith on Live L.A. in the ’90s, with Eazy-E; Photo: Instagram Jada Pinkett Smith isn’t the type to sit quiet, when she has something on her mind and she’s passionate about it be ready […]

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Rita Ora Apologizes for Lyrics, Comes Out as Bisexual

Photo: Instagram Rita Ora has issued an apology for lyrics that were deemed by some to be offensive to the LGBTQ community. The song “Girls” which features pop stars Cardi B, Charli XCX, and Bebe […]

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