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6 Reasons Why We Need This New J. Cole Album

After a relatively quiet year for J. Cole, it was confirmed last week that the rapper is officially dropping his fourth album “4 Your Eyez Only” on Friday, and the timing couldn’t be better.<p>The Roc Nation signee has made a name for himself with his impressive lyricism and ability to speak to the …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Will J. Cole finally get the Grammy? Will the Academy finally get something right in Rap?

As we all rolled out of bed the other morning, or staggered out after 2 hours of sleep in my roommates' cases, (Finals week starts a little earlier …

Rap & Hip-Hop

The 20 Best Rap Albums of 2016

From the bleak and pitiless nihilism of 21 Savage, Skepta, and Danny Brown to the exuberance of Kamaiyah and Chance; from the gnomic, inward musings of Ka and Kendrick to the rough, open-book humanity of Joey Purp: In 2016, rap albums splintered into a million different and thrilling forms, …

Rap & Hip-Hop

The Four-Part Series Hip-Hop Evolution Is Now On Netflix

Stream all four episodes now.<p>Earlier this year, a new documentary series called <i>Hip-Hop Evolution</i> debuted at Toronto's Hot Docs Festival. Created by …

Rap & Hip-Hop

All The Best Rap Songs To Come Out Last Month

November may have seemed like a quiet month in rap, as major stars like Drake, J. Cole (surprise!), Childish Gambino, Gucci Mane and more geared up for big December releases. But the grind doesn’t stop, so plenty of MCs were busy churning out solid material for the holiday season before the typical …

The Lox Album Coming? YUP (Listen Up!) - Exclusive Hip Hop News, Interviews, Rumors, Rap & Music Videos

<b>(AllHipHop Music)</b> The Lox have a new album coming called Filthy America and its drop December 16, from what I heard. I have not been formally told, …

The best turntables of 2016

<b>Your guide to the best new budget, mid-range and high-end turntables of the year.</b><p>2016 was dominated by turntables, and by two stories in particular. …

The Most Perfect Rap Song Ever Written: Electric Relaxation

If someone I knew told me that they’d never heard of A Tribe Called Quest and they needed a recommendation of what albums to start with, (assuming …

Chance The Rapper Needs Your Help With Planning His Next SNL Set List

Since he put out <i>Coloring Book</i> on May 12, Chance the Rapper has been working through its track list on a number of the most-watched TV programs out …

Lil Wayne

A History Of Kanye West And J. Cole’s Musical Relationship

J. Cole’s admiration of Kanye West’s music is easy to perceive: Both began their careers with everyman raps that balance socially conscious bars with …

Tupac and the Producers of the Classic All Eyez on Me: Where Are They Now?

Tupac Shakur’s <i>All Eyez on Me</i> was released in February 1996, shortly after the rapper was bailed out of prison by Death Row Records CEO Suge …

Rap & Hip-Hop

No, Idiots, J. Cole Isn’t Dissing Kanye, He’s Analyzing

"There was a time when this nigga was my hero."<p>J. Cole is set to release his fourth studio album, <i>4 Your Eyez Only</i>, two years after he dropped <i>2014</i> …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Street Dreams: How Hip-Hop Mixtapes Changed the Game

E<b>volving from cassette</b> to CD to .zip file to streamed playlist, the hip-hop mixtape has changed its format but not its spirit and intention: to …

J. Cole Comes for Kanye West: Is the Hip-Hop World Turning on Pro-Trump Yeezy?

The North Carolina rapper’s new diss track “False Prophets” takes aim at ‘Ye for his recent fall from grace. It’s a low blow—and hints at the coming …