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    August 20, 2014

    Drake Vs. Lil Wayne - Forest Hills Stadium - 8/19/14

    Better than: Watching a bro-comedy film. Is Step-Brothers now to hip-hop what Scarface or kung-fu movies used to be? With Kanye quoting the film in interviews and Eminem doing the same in concerts, it's difficult to not compare the loving push-and-shove between Drake and his mentor Lil Wayne to tha ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    August 13, 2014


    Will the student surpass in this rap battle?

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2014

    Rap Stars Drawn By Six-Year-Olds

    [In his column Serrano Time, award-winning writer and goofball Shea Serrano writes about his life and times.] I am working on a new book. I cannot say too much about it yet, other than:

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2014

    The Year's Most Acclaimed Hip-Hop Artists Transcended Backpack Pasts

    "In this season, the man of goodwill will wear his heart up his sleeve, not on it." —W.H. Auden "Wu-Tang forever." —Drake There are only so many ways to conceal your backpack past. You can auto-tune your voice to sound like an answering machine or submerge it in a chopped-a ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    October 30, 2013


    Steve Aoki and crew take over Pier 94

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2013

    Dissecting the Politically-Charged Subtext of Nicki Minaj's "High School" Video

    Last week, Nicki Minaj released the highly-anticipated music video for "High School" from her album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded - The Re-Up . The video is completely over-the-top. It's also factually inaccurate, since Nicki Minaj went to LaGuardia High School and LaGuardia High School is not the spr ... More >>

  • Music

    February 27, 2013
  • Voice Choices

    February 27, 2013


    Mannie Fresh goes behind 
the board at santos

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2013

    30 Rock's Most Hilarious Rap References

    30 Rock wraps up tonight, as the Tina Fey-penned show signs off with its final episode. During the show's seven seasons of hilarity, it's never been shy of weaving rap references into its script (a tick helped by Donald Glover a/k/a/ Childish Gambino holding down a writer's position at one point). S ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    January 9, 2013


    2012’s hottest dance trend keeps going

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2012

    Trey Songz Opens A Much-Read Book To Chapter V

    Much of R&B has been devoted to negotiating the relationship between men and women, and Trey Songz has always been traditional in that regard. His new album, Chapter V is organized neatly into three sections. The first and longest section is a hedonistic celebration of the player lifestyle (note the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2012

    Seven Speaker-Shattering Busta Rhymes Guest Verses

    Busta Rhymes will headline this year's 2012 Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival with a performance down under the borough's namesake bridge on Saturday. With a stash of rap anthems that includes "Pass The Courvoisier," "Woo-Ha!! (Got You All In Check)," and "Hands Where My Eyes Can See," the big man's set is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2012

    Q&A: Big K.R.I.T. On His Rise, Dedicating Songs To His Grandma, And Being Inspired By Friday Night Lights

    His rap moniker is an acronym for King Remembered In Time, but the way he's going about crafting timeless soulful music, Big K.R.I.T. is being remembered as a king right now. Just ask those who sold out his recent show at the Highline, where just two years ago he was booed while opening for Jay Elec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2012

    Five Reasons Why XXL's Freshman Class Issue Is Going To Be A Yearly Ritual For A While

    As traditions go, XXL's annual "Freshman Class" issue is neither all that time-honored or worthwhile. The magazine's been putting rappers it calls freshmen on its cover since 2008, but hasn't exactly been kingmaking or future forecasting in doing so: 2008's list featured Crooked I and Joell Ortiz, h ... More >>

  • Music

    January 18, 2012

    André 3000, Most Valuable Supporting Player

    The erstwhile OutKast member has a great year without a single starring role

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2011

    Live: Swizz Beatz Brings Out T.I., DMX's Brother And Some Other Guys At The IAC Building

    Swizz Beatz IAC Building Wednesday, November 30 Better than: Ja Rule's acting in The Fast and the Furious. It seems cruel that as the recession continues to hit the "snooze" button, Swizz Beatz has picked up yet another job, another paycheck. He is the luxe James Franco, collecting 1099s like pass ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2011

    Live: B.o.B Shows Flashes Of Megastardom At The Bowery Ballroom

    B.o.B w/Lauriana Mae Bowery Ballroom Tuesday, November 29 Better than: Living in New Jersey. (Joking, Taylor Ham aficionados!) 9:56 p.m.: "He represents Atlanta, ladies and gentlemen... He's sold like a million records and like 15 million downloads... He's had a Grammy nomination... It's B.o.B!" S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2011

    Young Jeezy Gets Personal In A Hustlerz Ambition

    Young Jeezy Sunshine Cinema Tuesday, November 29 Better than: Combing his Wikipedia page. Perhaps Young Jeezy's biggest weakness as an artist is the information that's out there about him, or the lack thereof. Four albums and a plethora of mixtapes deep and even ardent fans like myself admittedly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2011

    Radio Hits One: T-Pain Escapes Lead Single Purgatory

    The Revolver cover.​On Thursday Jive Records announced that T-Pain's fourth album rEVOLVEr would be out on December 6. That same day, the rappa ternt sanga's single "5 O'Clock" reached a new Hot 100 peak of No. 25 . The timing wasn't exactly coincidental. The track, on which T-Pain is supporte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2011

    Radio Hits One: VH1 Takes On The '00s Pop Canon

    VH1 spent last week counting down what the channel, and its panel of celebrities and "experts," consider The 100 Greatest Songs of The '00s. They certainly haven't been the first to assemble such a list—Rolling Stone and Pitchfork and every blog under the sun had their say about two years ago, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    Ten Trends That Watch The Throne Could Kickstart

    ​It's way too early to have a critical judgment on Watch The Throne; didn't you read the rules? But since Kanye West and Jay-Z's colossal collaboration plopped into the raging waters of Internet opinion early Monday morning, I've been watching for ripples. Here are ten new things that Watch Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2011

    Live: Young Jeezy Plays To The Locals At The Highline Ballroom

    Young Jeezy Highline Ballroom Monday, July 25 Better than: Listening to Funkmaster Flex break a record live on air. Yep, Jay-Z did come out to play, and yes, Kanye did put in an appearance, but the biggest draws at Young Jeezy's NYC gig were the secret stars. Despite initially taking the stage wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    The Top Ten Failed First Singles Off The Game's The R.E.D. Album

    ​This list began as a joke, but the longer I contemplated it, the more depressing its basic concept became. Consider: not only could I easily string together ten of Game's fruitless attempts to force label executives to release The R.E.D. Album, his followup to 2008's LAX; I had to make decisi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2011

    Q&A: Flynt Flossy On The Past, Present, And Future Of Turquoise Jeep Records

    ​ I was introduced to hip-hop/r&b collective Turquoise Jeep a couple of weeks before Christmas, when a fellow SOTC contributor recommended Yung Humma's breakout "Lemme Smang It." I expected to listen once or twice and then move on, but a month later, Humma's trademark "Mmm" is still stuck in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2011

    Big Boi and Terry Riley Added To the Animal Collective-Curated All Tomorrow's Parties

    ​Say what you want about Animal Collective's recent turn as wedding music for the shrillest people alive, they will probably always have a better record collection than you. To wit: The line-up for May's AnCo-curated All Tomorrow's Parties Festival in Minehead, England just added OutKast funka ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2010

    The Most Overlooked Tracks of 2010: Alley Boy and Young Dro, Trae, Husalah, and More

    ​Our look back at all things 2010 continues this week as we highlight some of the year's most overlooked tracks. In this edition: unheralded regional rap.

  • Voice Choices

    December 8, 2010


    Make room for Daddy Fat Sacks

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2010

    The Top Ten Best Worst Singing Rappers

    ​These days, there's nothing attention grabbing about rappers who sing, whether it's Andre 3000's amped squawk, an Auto-Tune-enabled Kanye West, or Lil Wayne's upcoming Riker's Island shower room spirituals. This week the canon sees new album additions from one-time Goodie Mob member Cee-Lo Gr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2010

    D-Grade Rap Star Possibly "Riding Dirty" with Newly Minted Baller-Status Michael Arrington, Other Nerds

    ​Remember rapper Chamillionaire ("Chameleon" "Millionaire"), who had that song about "Riding Dirty" that was less about unspeakable sex acts we'd probably rather not want to catch him in the middle of rather than the proposition of being pulled over by law enforcement officials with illicit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2010

    Drake Is Not Exactly Answering Lil Wayne's Prison Phone Calls

    ​"I call Drake at least once a week," Lil Wayne told Hot 97's Funkmaster Flex last night, phoning in from Rikers. "I actually call three or four times a week, but he only picks up for me once a week." He was laughing when he said it: Wayne, of all people, knows what it is to be one of the most ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2010

    Law & Order's Five Most Ridiculous Rapper Cameos

    ​Law & Order ends its 20-year run tonight. Throughout the show's long reign, phalanxes of honorable detectives have cleaned the New York streets of crime and debris while throwing out witty one-liners and re-enacting plotlines ripped from real-life headlines. Grabbing a cameo on the show has a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2010

    Drake Asks Nicki Minaj to Marry Him

    This snippet of "All Night Long," the next song to leak from Drake's forthcoming Thank Me Later, seems to be missing at least a Bun B verse if not--as rumor has it--one from Lil Wayne himself. Not missing? Drake sort of proposing to his Young Money comrade in arms, Queens rapstress Nicki Minaj. Th ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    April 6, 2010


    Janelle Monáe juggles three nights in NYC

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2010

    You Will Have to Wait Until Lil Wayne Gets Out of Jail to Get His Autograph

    ​Though it may have been a decent way to for Wayne to while away the days in prison, and though the mind boggles at the prison economy that could've sprung up around Lil Wayne signatures (that's worth like a box of cigarettes at least, right?), alas, it is not to be. TMZ reports that Wayne has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2010

    T.I. Brings Fellatio, Scandal to Downtown Newark

    Photo via Star-Ledger​We're gonna go out on a limb and say that it's the dude's hand that does it, the right one, in this billboard recently thrown up by T.I.'s Akoo clothing line--something about lovingly clutching a girl's head to your unbuckled crotch just screams fellatio, or do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2010

    So Was Lil Wayne's Rebirth a Modest Success Or a Total Commercial Failure? Maura Johnston Reads the Charts

    "Billboard's 'Tastemakers' chart is the one we should all paying attention to, don't you think?"​This week's Billboard 200 is headed once again by Lady Antebellum, the milquetoast country trio whose second album Need You Now moved 481,000 copies in its debut week, and 209,000 copies in the sal ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    June 17, 2009


    Stock up on sneakers and hip-hop

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2009

    This Week In Horrendously Offensive OJ Da Juiceman Mixtape Covers

    Chirping Atlanta rapper OJ Da Juiceman has yelped his way into our heart somehow, whether by metronomic ay! or playful, rubber-band voice. He has a song talking about how the presidents on US currency are "his buddies"--he and Benjamin Franklin are "like Bert and Ernie," although no word on who's wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2009

    Week in Review: It's Time for Some Guiliani-Loving Madball Fans to Step Up to the Plate

    Credit: Rebecca Smeyne In the week we worked in this church, paid our penance, and gave our blood, Lil Wayne and Pharrell said "Yes." To which Young Dro and Yung LA responded, simply, "Woah." And Diddy wept. TV season at Sound of the City has come (is it the cold weather?), and though The City rem ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2008

    T.I. Is the Most Charming Man Alive

    First of all, there is truly a stunning amount of female cheering at the beginning of this clip. I'd venture in fact that around 20% of this entire Carson Daly T.I. interview is just women screaming. Part of me mourns for all the songs T.I. will never do again on account of becoming a Z100 darling; ... More >>

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    January 15, 2008

    Jay-Z vs. Jay-Z

    Suddenly vulnerable hip-hop superstars go to war with themselves

  • Music

    August 7, 2007

    Track 18 Wins Again

    Major-label hip-hop records in burying-best-tracks shocker!

  • Music

    June 19, 2007

    Totally Use Your Illusion, Dude

    Rap stars see how the other half lives

  • Music

    February 21, 2006


    Atlanta reductionist rappers give snappy answers to stupid questions

  • Music

    January 4, 2005

    Dirty-Dirty Deeds

    As O'Reilly's nemesis lip-smacks toward financial future, Rubber Band Man one-ups him

  • Music

    July 13, 2004

    Off Balance

    Illadelphians lose their cultural momentum, maybe even tipping in the wrong direction

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    May 4, 2004
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    December 23, 2003

    Do the Damn Miracle

    Special-ed teacher helps New Orleans's third-biggest rap label back its free-for-all up

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    October 31, 2000
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    February 15, 2000

    Rev That Azz Up

    Nervous Rhythms, Chopped-Up Language, Thumping Slapstick Pop

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