Nicki Minaj’s Outrage is a Bad Look, But Valid

It doesn't take much for the jokes to fly on Twitter. And when someone as big as Nicki Minaj starts ranting and naming names,...
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Donald Glover is a Folk Artist

The scope of a Childish Gambino song can be as focused as a simple love song, or as vast as the known...
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“Toosie Slide” and Drake’s Push For Millennial Michael Jackson Status

Black leather gloves no sequins I wrote this nearly 4 years ago about what Drake and Kendrick Lamar...

Kanye, Beyoncé, and Albums With A Bunch Of Shit

I finally got around to The Life of Pablo. It had its moments, but I was lost for a bit. I had no idea what it...

A Brief History of Anime in Hip-Hop

Rappers are influenced by all kinds of social and cultural factors. Any worthy hip-hop fan can name a few artists heavily inspired by comic...

Nipsey Hussle, The Air Force, and Why Success Today Requires Illusions of Grandeur

As a millennial, the notion of not achieving IG-worthy “success” with a polished come-up story by some arbitrary age is a difficult thought to bare. However, many of us...

Classic MxMillon Takes You Into Sonic Blackness With ‘Black;Madder’

In a Donald Glover-esque way, Omaha-based producer Classic MxMillon sees his Blackness as the great variable in the algorithm of his own existence. Back...

Can Producers Be Bigger Than Rappers?

Many hip-hop fans think it, but rarely discuss it. We love Future, but you know the song is a sure banger if you hear one of...
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Rappers Who Beat The Case Are Superheroes (ft. Roddy Ricch, Tee Grizzley, and Quavo)

Opponents of today's street rappers—overwhelmed White mothers, rap "purists," uppity Black folk, and other memorable American characters—might tell you all those bars about time...
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645AR and How Rap Lyrics Became Middlemen for Vibes

In 2020, grimy Buffalo rap crew Griselda managed to bring the mainstream to them. Their January performance of "Dr. Bird's" on Jimmy...