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Kendrick Lamar's Cryptic IV Hints At His Forthcoming Testament

Thursday, March 23, 2017

The bigger question is not when, but how Lamar's next LP will make a connection between God and gangsta rap.


Run The Jewels Questions Our Innocence In New Video For 'Legend Has It'

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A video that questions the rising rate of mass incarceration, systemic disorder and the most unusual suspects? RTJ pulls all the triggers.


First Listen: Shawty Lo, 'R.I.C.O.'

Monday, March 20, 2017

When the Atlanta rapper died in a tragic car accident last September, his untimely passing felt like the death of old Atlanta. On R.I.C.O., he resurrects it with an autobiographical portrait.


Drake Unveils 'More Life,' Calls The Project A Playlist, Not An Album

Saturday, March 18, 2017

The 22-song "playlist" is available to hear on Spotify, Apple and Tidal, among others.


Culture Wars

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Atlanta has been the center of innovation in hip-hop for at least two decades, but the city has failed to turn musical success into growth for the communities that create it.


Songs We Love: GoldLink, 'Meditation (Feat. Jazmine Sullivan & Kaytranada)'

Monday, March 13, 2017

"[Go-go] was our girlfriend and we didn't want anybody else to f*** her," the DMV native says with the release of a single that personifies the nostalgia for his musical roots.


Joey Bada$$, With The Strong 'Land Of The Free,' Finds A Target

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

The video serves as the most recent example of mainstream rap's potent return to pointed sociopolitical critique.


Chance The Rapper Puts Up $1 Million To Support Chicago Public Schools

Monday, March 06, 2017

"Gov. Rauner, do your job!" the Grammy winner said at a press conference, challenging political inaction and its impact on Chicago's South Side.


Future Makes History With Back-To-Back Chart Toppers

Monday, March 06, 2017

Atlanta rapper Future achieves a first in the history of the Billboard 200 chart with his back-to-back No. 1 albums, FUTURE and HNDRXX.


Mysonne's Viral Freestyle Makes A Strong Case For A New York Rap Resurgence

Thursday, March 02, 2017

On his radio show, Funkmaster Flex invites a deft lyricist to bring East Coast swagger and counter "mumble" rap's stranglehold.


Conflicted: Two Battles Illustrate How Hip-Hop Is Fueled By Competition

Monday, February 27, 2017

A battle between beatsmiths Just Blaze and Swizz Beatz and a shot of verbal ether from Remy Ma aimed at Nicki Minaj served as reminders that hip-hop remains a culture unbound by industry rules.


Predicting The Future: With 'HNDRXX,' Mixtape Culture Infiltrates The Music Industry

Friday, February 24, 2017

HNDRXX is Future's second major-label release in two weeks. Could flooding the market be the new model for an industry coasting on antiquated release strategies?


Future Announces New, Self-Titled Album Three Days Ahead Of Its Release

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The self-titled full-length's announcement could signal a necessary return to building album anticipation the "old-fashioned" way.


The Disruptors: Best Rap Album Nominees Bask In Hip-Hop's Digital Dominance

Friday, February 10, 2017

The nominees in the Best Rap Album category show how hip-hop has, across multiple platforms from video to streaming audio to crowd-funding, come to own the Internet.


Songs We Love: Rome Fortune, 'Blicka Blicka'

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Fortune flexes his influence on the Atlanta hip-hop scene with a plaid-on-plaid kilt ensemble and a surreal video.