Joey Bada$$ Outsold Young Thug & Migos, Lyrical Rap Pays
Mar30

Joey Bada$$ Outsold Young Thug & Migos, Lyrical Rap Pays

There’s currently a vastly overhyped New/Trap Rap vs. Old/Lyrical Rap cultural war happening which isn’t really happening. People like to argue on the internet, but in real life I know more people who listen to Future and Talib Kweli than categorically hate one or the other, myself included. I’m literally listening to Beatking as I type this, and next I might go listen to the new Royce EP. You don’t have to...

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K.A.A.N. Is The Answer To All Of Your Rap Desires
Mar16

K.A.A.N. Is The Answer To All Of Your Rap Desires

Hordes of twenty-somethings living in their parents’ house dream of becoming rap superstars. What sets Brandon Perry, aka K.A.A.N., apart: he’s really good. Jezebel’s Jia Tolentino has described the Maryland rapper’s “technical virtuosity,” likening Perry to Kendrick Lamar and calling his best moments “so directly vulnerable and commanding that they feel channeled.” Did you catch that?...

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Vince Staples Is the Present and Future of West Coast Rap—but in His Case, the Past Doesn’t Much Matter
Feb24

Vince Staples Is the Present and Future of West Coast Rap—but in His Case, the Past Doesn’t Much Matter

Vince Staples has a low tolerance for stupid. If nothing else penetrates the 22-year-old rapper’s quiet disdain for the process of answering press questions, that much he’ll make clear—especially if you bring up the minor controversy he stirred up online last year, when he dared to question the sanctity of ’90s hip-hop. His point—which he reiterates with the pointed enunciation of someone who’s sick of...

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Rap Lyrics Pop Up Around Atlanta
May29

Rap Lyrics Pop Up Around Atlanta

New, red street signs are going up around Atlanta. But they’re more about about Outkast and TI, than giving directions. WXIA’s Jeremy Campbell reports.  Source: NBC...

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Snoop Dogg Details New Battle Rap Series “Take Flight On Sight”
Apr07

Snoop Dogg Details New Battle Rap Series “Take Flight On Sight”

Snoop Dogg tells BattleRap.com about his new battle rap series and plans to take another league in competition. Less than a year after his inaugural “Gladiator School” event, Snoop Dogg has just launched a new battle rap series in the form of a 12-part tournament. The series, called “Take Flight On Sight,” is a collaboration with Las Vegas battle league AHAT and gives competitors the opportunity to build their...

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