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First Posthumous Michael Jackson Album Gets A Release Date! (and controversy ensues….)

Obviously, this is exciting. But it is also very problematic and, as with anything associated with Michael Jackson post-Thriller, very controversial.

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Wacka Flocka Flame’s “Flockaveli”

Flockaveli is brash, hard-edged, and unremittingly bleak. It strips hardcore Hip Hop down to an unapologetically dark, fatalistic core that frightens and fascinates in equal measure. Hate on him all you want, but Flockaveli is a great album.

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Jay-Z on “Big Pimpin”: “What kind of animal would say this sort of thing?”

Now these are certainly not the most misogynistic lyrics Hip Hop has to offer (ever heard the N.W.A. song “One Less Bitch”?), but damn, that shit is amazingly harsh. And what’s even more amazing is that “Big Pimpin” is unquestionably Jay-Z’s biggest hit, and arguably the best single he’s ever released.

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PRINCE Announces “Multi-Night Stand” In New York City!

…anyone with even the slightest knowledge of this man’s onstage prowess, as well as the depth of his catalogue of music (fyi…it is ENDLESS), knows that a performance from Prince is a must-see event.

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Art, Greed & Unpronounceable Symbols: Thoughts on Nas’ Scathing Letter to the Industry….

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again; record labels are dinosaurs. They’re big, clumsy and growing more and more obsolete by the hour. Philosophically, I am 100% down with Nas on this issue. And besides, Lost Tapes Vol. 1 was the shit….

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A Message to the LGBTQ Youth of America

I love writing about music. And I am very thankful to Dr. Cohen and the Black Youth Project for giving me a platform to inundate you all with my oftentimes unnecessary and occasionally dubious opinions on the world of music and entertainment. But in light of recent events, I feel like there are far more […]

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Nicki Minaj leaks “Right Through Me,” Prepares To Take Over The Earth….

And if it isn’t clear to you already, let me emphatically state that Nick Minaj is going to be a superstar.

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America’s “News” Media War, and how to not be a casualty…

I’ll say it again; the only war going on in America right now is one fabricated and perpetuated by a biased, divisive news media. Don’t be a casualty.

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Willow Smith’s Ridiculously Good “Whip My Hair”

Clearly channeling Rihanna, Willow effectively exudes the kind of confidence and attitude the song requires, but always acts her age. She comes off sassy and cute, like a hip hop Angelica Pickles, placing emphasis in all the right places while seemingly having a blast throughout. In other words, she can already do what takes most aspiring singers years to master.

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T.I. & Tiny’s Arrest, Arrogance, and Further Proof That Jay-Z is the Greatest Rapper of All Time

So take some notes and get your shit together, T.I. Every emcee in the game aspires to Jay-Z’s success. They study the way he rhymes and they study the way he does business, but no one studies the way he lives. Success and chronic criminality do not mix. Don’t believe me? Just ask DMX. Listen to It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot the next time you want to throw a middle finger to the law.

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