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Why You Should Be Taking Tyler, the Creator and Kreayshawn Seriously

But don’t be fooled. Their success is organic and real; not some record label’s scheme. The rise of artists like Odd Future and Kreayshawn (as well as Lil B and Waka Flocka Flame) is subversive to Hip Hop’s status quo.

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Tha Carter IV, And Why LIL WAYNE vs. JAY-Z Needs To Happen…

If you ask me, this needs to happen. Just compare the aesthetic of Watch The Throne with the sound of Tha Carter IV. It’s opulence vs. simplicity. Grand statements vs. stream-of-conscience flow. The seasoned veteran vs. the ambitious youngster. A Young Money vs. Roc Nation battle would perfectly capture a growing generational gap within the Hip Hop community.

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THE WEEKND Continues To Astound With New Mixtape “THURSDAY”

Thursday is not a cash grab or some collection of b-sides, and it never feels forced. The Weeknd’s second album is a fully-formed album, thoroughly conceived and well-executed. And considering the fact that it’s being released less than a year after its predecessor, and it’s still really good, I’d say Thursday is a more-than-worthy follow-up.

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WATCH THE THRONE, And Why Jay-Z and Mitt Romney Have A LOT In Common

I doubt Mitt Romney understands the plight of the underprivileged. And I couldn’t tell you if he likes Black people, either. But if he’s a Hip Hop fan, I bet he’ll love Watch The Throne. Because Mitt Romney and Jay-Z actually have a lot in common.

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Is Nicki Minaj In An Abusive Relationship?

I respect Nicki’s desire to keep her private life private. I just hope Nicki is smart enough, and strong enough, to walk away from a relationship that will only prove toxic to her professional and personal life.

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Jay-Z and Kanye’s Out-Of-Touch, Wealth-Obsessed, Culturally-Irrelevant “Otis”

“Otis” is shallow, materialistic, wealth-worshiping nonsense. And if this “luxury rap” style is going to define Watch The Throne, Yeezy and Jigga might reemerge from their luxurious, million-dollar mansions in the sky to find themselves irrelevant to a culture founded on its ability to resonate with the common man.

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An Open Letter To Chris Brown

But how long do you think this can last, Chris? You can’t play the villain forever. Eventually, you’re going to have to come to terms with what happened three years ago. Or at the very least stop being so fucking annoying.

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The Enduring Power of Tupac Shakur

His work spoke truth to a racist, capitalistic power structure, while at the same time attempting to usurp and dominate that structure with its own values and tools.That is why Tupac’s music was so powerful and dangerous. There will never be another like him.

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Rihanna’s “Man Down” Video, and the Irrelevance of the Parents Television Council

At the end of the day, if you think your kid is going to try to emulate the “Man Down” video, then you need to have a long, long talk with your child. In the meantime, the Parents Television Council should to shut the fuck up, let artists be artists, and find a cause that actually matters.

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Yo Momma in Black FACE: As seen by certain White Gays

Do you think of your momma or grandma as an “inarticulate black welfare mother with 19 children?” If not you might be surprised to learn that certain–largely white–gays  are paying big bucks to have one of their own dress up in drag and black-face as Shirley Q. Liquor, to be the MAMMY they never had […]

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