Kendrick Lamar Responded to Our Article About His Fear of God

Over the past 30 days, we've run a total 40 news and feature stories on Kendrick Lamar and his highly-acclaimed new album, DAMN. From the producers who worked on the album to the Easter eggs in the “HUMBLE.” video to the message and meaning behind the 14-track LP, our writing… Read more“Kendrick Lamar Responded to Our Article About His Fear of God”

Eminem Asked for Beyoncé Feature After He Finished “Walk On Water”

When Eminem released “Walk On Water” last week, the hot takes were varied, but one the reoccurring reactions among listeners was that the record sounded like a Beyoncé leftover that was gifted to Eminem. On Friday, Eminem joined DJ Whoo Kid on his Sirius XM station Shade 45 for an interview… Read more“Eminem Asked for Beyoncé Feature After He Finished “Walk On Water””

Jaden Smith ‘SYRE’ 1 Listen Album Review

Jaden Smith isn’t a bad rapper. Years releasing various recordings have provided enough evidence this. “Beast Mode,” “Fast” and “Offering” are a few noteworthy favorites that overshadow some his lesser misfires. With a handful both the good and the bad under his belt, it’s safe to consider Will’s son consistently… Read more“Jaden Smith ‘SYRE’ 1 Listen Album Review”

Our Entire Staff Reacts to 50 Cent’s “Still Think I’m Nothing” Single Featuring Jeremih

50 Cent has been in the headlines all year, but none those headlines have had anything to do with his own music career. On Friday, the rap veteran changed up that narrative, delivering “Still Think I'm Nothing,” a new single featuring frequent collaborator Jeremih. In an Instagram post celebrating the… Read more“Our Entire Staff Reacts to 50 Cent’s “Still Think I’m Nothing” Single Featuring Jeremih”

T-Pain’s ‘Oblivion’ Picks Up Where He Left Off—For Better & For Worse (Review)

During his Swanita Tour, Smino would perform a cover version T-Pain’s “Chopped N Skrewed,” a classic from his catalog greatest hits. Luckily for Smino, his homage to a living legend didn’t go unnoticed, which led to a surprise appearance from T-Pain during Smino's tour stop in Atlanta. Despite performing on crutches, Smino had the… Read more“T-Pain’s ‘Oblivion’ Picks Up Where He Left Off—For Better & For Worse (Review)”

M-1 of Dead Prez on JAY-Z’s ‘4:44’: “Financial Freedom Is Not Liberation”

For the past three weeks, the hip-hop community has showered JAY-Z with praise for the messages growth and Black empowerment that dominate his latest album, 4:44. Of the many teachable moments found across the album’s 10 tracks, the lessons given on financial freedom on “The Story O.J.” have become a focal point… Read more“M-1 of Dead Prez on JAY-Z’s ‘4:44’: “Financial Freedom Is Not Liberation””

“My Hobby Became My Job”: Danny Brown Opens Up About His Relationship with Music

Danny Brown is currently hard at work on a one-MC/one-producer album, the details which he has so far refused to release, but that isn't his only priority at the moment. As Brown explained to Detroit Metro Times writer Kahn Santori Davison, he's also trying to mend his relationship with music. While understandable… Read more““My Hobby Became My Job”: Danny Brown Opens Up About His Relationship with Music”

Conway Explains Why He & Westside Gunn Signed with Shady Records

In March, Griselda Records MCs Westside Gunn and Conway inked a distribution deal with Eminem and Shady Records. In a new interview with Consequence Sound, Conway explained why the pair decided to sign on the dotted line. “With Paul and Em, you know, behind me—shit, the sky’s the limit I believe,”… Read more“Conway Explains Why He & Westside Gunn Signed with Shady Records”

Zaytoven Wants to Help Lil Pump, Others “Last as Long as They Can”

For the past decade-plus, Zaytoven has been synonymous with Gucci Mane (and more recently, Future and Migos), but over the next few years, that might very well change. In an interview with Okayplayer, the veteran ATL producer not only praised a slew younger artists—most notably high-rising 17-year-old rapper Lil Pump—but also expressed an interest in… Read more“Zaytoven Wants to Help Lil Pump, Others “Last as Long as They Can””

Jaden Smith Names Three Artists Who Influenced ‘SYRE’ Album

Jaden Smith's newly-released debut album, SYRE, features guest accompaniment from A$AP Rocky, Raury, and his sister, Willow Smith, but in an interview with Complex, the 19-year-old rapper cited three names, in particular, whose sound most influenced the body work. “I think the noticeable influences are Frank Ocean, James Blake, Kanye,”… Read more“Jaden Smith Names Three Artists Who Influenced ‘SYRE’ Album”

T-Pain Blames Himself for Having to Sue Cash Money Over Unpaid Royalties

Earlier this month, T-Pain's company, Nappy Boy Productions, filed a lawsuit against Lil Wayne and Cash Money for unpaid royalties in the amount $500,000, but in a new interview on The Breakfast Club, the artist says that the person most responsible for his current situation is actually himself. “I never… Read more“T-Pain Blames Himself for Having to Sue Cash Money Over Unpaid Royalties”

Talib Kweli’s ‘Radio Silence’ is Much More Than a Return to Form (Review)

Talib Kweli and I have a history. Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Blackstar is my first hip-hop memory. Quality is one my favorite albums all time. “Get By” will forever be the motto. But when the advance Talib Kweli’s eighth studio album, Radio Silence, hit my inbox, I had some reservations…. Read more“Talib Kweli’s ‘Radio Silence’ is Much More Than a Return to Form (Review)”

CyHi The Prynce, G.O.O.D. Music’s Sixth Man, Is Finally Off the Bench (Interview)

Def Jam saw CyHi The Prynce as an asset to Kanye West, a model pillar creative support for G.O.O.D. Music. The label―despite signing him as a solo act―solely cared about the position he fulfilled in the dark, and not the career he was passionate about pursuing. Kanye, Big Sean, Pusha… Read more“CyHi The Prynce, G.O.O.D. Music’s Sixth Man, Is Finally Off the Bench (Interview)”

“I Didn’t Want to Rap At All”: Westside Gunn Shares the Motivation Behind His Rap Career

I don’t know if I believe in the idea fate, but I’ve certainly witnessed plenty people end up exactly where they need to be due to what seems like an insurmountable coincidence. Hip-hop is packed full these cases, where an artist finds their biggest success in the most unlikely  places…. Read more““I Didn’t Want to Rap At All”: Westside Gunn Shares the Motivation Behind His Rap Career”

Ranking Every Drake Album From Worst to Best

The glow promise and potential radiated by the end Drake’s verse on “Ransom.” The classic loosie was my introduction to the Toronto newcomer; Lil Wayne’s feature encouraged the initial listen, but I went back for the kid who said, “Add until they subtract me, I’ll never be your equal.” He… Read more“Ranking Every Drake Album From Worst to Best”

Kanye West’s ‘The Life Of Pablo’ is the Worst Album Release in Music History

For what felt like an eternity but was actually about two weeks, I was drowned in Kanye West's Twitter waves without even an album to use as an anchor. Constant title changes, Wiz Khalifa attacks, tracklist after revised tracklist, at least on February 11, I hoped to finally take refuge in actually listening to the music…. Read more“Kanye West’s ‘The Life Of Pablo’ is the Worst Album Release in Music History”