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Travis Scott Releases Three New, Super Underwhelming Records Article

Travis Scott is a man his word. Several days after warning fans his plans to release a gaggle new songs, Scott delivered three new records on Monday evening (May 15), led by “Green & Purple,” featuring Playboi Carti, “Butterfly Effect” and “A Man.” Upon first listen—and let's be honest, Travis Scott records don't require repeat listens and layered analysis—all three records are extremely underwhelming. From the poor mix (Mike Dean, call Trav right away) to the lazy artwork, “Green & Purple” (which is the best the bunch), “Butterfly Effect” and “The Man” sound (and look) like leftovers.  Scott has been very...
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Holy Sh*t You Need to Hear M. T. Hadley’s “Janet,” the Gem From Blonded 006 Article

In the wee hours Monday morning, a time when only insomniacs, graveyard creatives, and OVO owls are awake, an announcement was made that the sixth installment blonded RADIO would be playing on Beats 1. Frank Ocean doesn’t care about fans getting any sleep, and he has no regard for the madness Monday mornings. Sleep was enticing but it couldn’t beat the enthralling call new Frank Ocean. More than just Frank’s music, blonded RADIO has become a social media event for fans and stans who are intrigued by the diverse music played during the two-hour show. I don’t know any other...
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Tracking the Evolution of the Hip-Hop Mosh Pit Article

If you watch NBA highlights on any given night, you are essentially guaranteed to see a few incredible examples teams celebrating enthusiastically after an emphatic dunk by one their teammates. There are, course, the amazing bench celebrations—the likes which have served as the fodder for so many great memes—but, for the purposes this article, I’d like to talk briefly about a different method celebration: the congratulatory shove.   The congratulatory shove is chiefly composed two distinct parts:   The dunk itself, after which the dunker-in-question will either (a) play it cool, as if what he just did was as...
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Joey Bada$$ Watched Swizz Beatz Make 25 “Bangers” in Under an Hour Article

Earlier this month, Zaytoven revealed that he never spends more than 10 minutes making a beat. While most producers don't operate in this fashion, ten spending hours, if not days or weeks on one record, Zay is far from the only producer who crafts new production at a rapid pace. According to Joey Bada$$, who was in the studio this past weekend with Diddy, Swizz Beatz is also a machine in the studio. First, it's important to note that Joey used the word “bangers” and not beats. This indicates that not only was Swizzy able to craft 25 beats...
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Started From the Bottom, Literally: Darrein Safron & Hip-Hop’s Relationship With Homelessness Article

This morning (May 15), Strange Music newcomer and St. Louis native Darrein Safron joined label boss Tech N9ne and label mate Stevie Stone for an interview on Sway In The Morning, during which he talked about his lifelong dream being a career musician. Before being discovered by Tech N9ne, however, Darrein had exhausted what seemed like all his options after being kicked out his mom’s house and essentially becoming homeless—a circumstance that ultimately intensified his drive rather than extinguishing it. It was the pressure rock bottom that formed a diamond creative motivation. The idea “rock bottom” was an especially poignant message...
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That Time a 22-Year-Old Lil Wayne Said He’d Be Done Rapping at 35 Article

For anyone reading this article that’s currently 22 years old, just know that within a decade you’ll be kicking yourself for some the shit you’re saying and thinking right now. Time makes fools us all, and if you think that your expectations life right now are going to hold steady, get ready to be repeatedly knocked flat on your ass. At 22, Lil Wayne was prepping the release Tha Carter II, one the benchmark transformations that would cement him as one the greatest to ever do it. His relationship with Cash Money was still on the up and up, and...
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Black Art, White Voice: Navigating My Identity as a Hip-Hop Writer Article

It’s four in the morning, it’s too hot in my apartment to sleep, and I’m listening to Illmatic again. An empty beer bottle is sitting on my windowsill. Nothing new under the sun. Primo’s knocking; I’m caught in a wrinkle in the space-time continuum straight out Neil deGrasse Tyson’s wet dreams, some glitch in the matrix where I find myself ten, transported by this perfect work art into another moment in another universe.   Aside from the obvious reasons, that’s why Nas is my GOAT; every time I revisit Illmatic, I can feel his world. Taste his ambition. See...
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Logic Explains Lyric About Kanye “Not Really Being That Voice” He Once Was Article

The day before Logic released his latest album, Everybody, he sent out a tweet praising one his greatest musical role models, Kanye West. Fans, course, speculated that this meant West would be making a surprise guest appearance on Everybody, a la J. Cole on “AfricAryaN,” but, as it turned out, Logic's tweet was actually an attempt to silence the rumor mill that he knew would start grinding away at his lyric about Kanye on standout selection “America.” Despite having already clarified the intention behind his “America” lyrics for Genius, in a newly-published interview with NPR, the Def Jam emcee made...
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Frank Ocean, Master Rapper, Steals the Show (Twice) on A$AP Rocky’s “RAF” Article

Earlier this year, Yoh recapped Frank Ocean’s brief history as a master rapper, which began with his show-stealing verse on Odd Future’s 2012 posse cut “Oldie” and continued on Blonde tracks like “Nights” and “Futura Free.” Since then, Frank’s endless ouput (pardon the pun) has only solidified his status as one the best rappers in the game right now. During a surprise episode blonded RADIO earlier this morning, Frank kept the new music coming with the premiere A$AP Rocky’s “RAF,” a Dun-Deal produced ode to Raf Simons threads (which they would really, really like it if you didn't touch)—and yep, he got...
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Study: Eminem & J. Cole Among Least Repetitive Rappers Article

According to a new study, among all mainstream rappers to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, Eminem and J. Cole have the greatest tendency to be non-repetitive.  OK, so what the hell does that mean? In order to determine which artists tend to consistently make both the most and least repetitive music, the talented folks over at The Pudding recently analyzed the repetitiveness a dataset 15,000 songs that charted on the Billboard Hot 100 between 1958 and 2017. Using the handy Lempel-Ziv algorithm, which essentially highlights repeated sequences, The Pudding determined that the number and length a repeated section in a song, like...
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