By Candace McDuffie Lil Skies sonically resides in a realm where raw and unfiltered emotion rules. The 22-year-old emcee made noise with his 2018 major-label mixtape, Life of a Dark Rose, which, on the surface, came across as piece of the omnipresent emo rap that has permeated the music industry within the past five years. However upon further exploration, it is clear that the rapper..

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By Regina Kim “We were anomalies as soon as we started,” says Tablo of the Korean hip-hop trio Epik High, which he leads. A Stanford graduate whose given name is Daniel Lee, he wears a black cap and matching hoodie on the opposite end of a Zoom call, giving off a laid-back, unassuming air that belies his status as a South Korean superstar. Though rap and hip-hop have become infus..

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By Yasmine Shemesh Once Jennifer Lopez started recording her sophomore album, J.Lo, in 2000, she was in the midst of an astounding career high. With a $1 million salary for 1997’s Selena, she’d become the highest-paid Latina actress in Hollywood history and had no far less than three new movies in the works. “Waiting for Tonight,” her dance-infused 1999 single, had become a..

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Since its official release in 2019, Lil Nas X's breakout hit "Old Town Road" has shattered chart records and industry conventions alike, earning the viral rapper his first Grammy wins for a track that sparked a wider cultural conversation about the hallmarks of nation music itself. Galloping to even greater heights in 2021, the teamwork with Billy Ray Cyrus has become the most-cer..

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On Tuesday night (January 5), a TMZ report emerged that hip-hop icon Dr. Dre had suffered a brain aneurysm on Monday and remained in intensive care at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Shortly soon after, the storied MC, producer, and mogul — place on Earth Andre Young — took to Instagram to give a positive update on his condition. "Thanks to my family member, companion..

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all of the way back in May 2018, Playboi Carti dropped his beloved, star-studded debut album, Die Lit, which eventually hit No. 3 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Nearly three years without an album can be a long time in the streaming economy — especially with peers like Taylor Swift releasing two in the length of five months — and as Carti kept busy popping up on features with ..

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Daniel Dumile, the hip-hop artist who performed in a metallic mask under the moniker MF Doom for decades, has died, his family member reported on Thursday (December 31). According to a note posted to his social media accounts, Doom died on October 31; no cause was given. His partner, Jasmine, penned the statement that started, start all things by giving thanks to THE ALL!" And was ad..

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By Jack Irvin On the evening ahead of the release of his third EP, I Can’t Go Outside, you’d think Compton hip-house musician and producer Channel Tres could be getting willing to celebrate. As a substitute, he’s on his sixth hour in the studio, already working on his next project, for which he says this one is “just the precursor.” It’s that mighty work ethic and also a ..

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By D'Shonda Brown To mention Mulatto had a good year could be one of the primary understatements in the music industry. Despite a pandemic, unprecedented political unease, and racial unrest for the Black community at the height of the Black Lives Matter movement, the Georgia-bred rapper used quarantine and stay-at-home orders to grind and make 2020 her bitch. She appeared in Megan Th..

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By Eli Enis Bladee and Mechatok like to think of luck as a paradox. The 26-year-old cloud-rap icon and the 23-year-old producer are sitting in a Swedish hotel room talking about how their new album documents their simultaneous failure and successfulness at creating brilliant pop music. The eight-track project is simply titled Good Luck, nevertheless they don’t subscribe to the idio..

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The rapper Rico Nasty has at least two tattoos of herself, one on each arm. On her right shoulder sits an inked-in rendering of a pink-haired selfie taken to commemorate her first visit to the Sony Music offices after the release of her third mixtape, Sugar Trap, in 2017. Her left forearm bears an image of a cartoonish black-and-white figure, far less a portrait and more a persona —..

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By Candace McDuffie Immediately after 30 years in the music industry, Juicy J is happier than ever. The legendary emcee and anchor of the rap sort Three 6 Mafia is still going, celebrating the imminent release of his fifth studio album, The Hustle Continues, which includes a slew of cameos from younger artists working within an industry that he shaped: Megan Thee Stallion, Lil Baby, ..

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