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2 Chainz: Pretty Girls Like Trap Music

2 Chainz cashes in on his elder statesman status on one of the best rap albums of 2017. He proves that there is a path to aging gracefully as an MC by embracing trends but preserving his own unique, off-kilter sensibility.

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The Five Best (And Five Worst) Super Bowl Commercials of 2016

There were touchdowns and fumbles in this year's mostly lackluster crop of ads, plus one commercial that left us conflicted.

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Young Money: Rise of an Empire

Lil' Wayne hits the reset button on his Cash Money imprint, but with only minor roster changes is it worth the effort?

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Lil Wayne: Dedication 5

With Dedication 5, Mixtape Weezy once again flexes the muscles that earned him the Best Rapper Alive crown and takes a modest step toward reclaiming his lost credibility.

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Lil Wayne: I Am Not a Human Being II

Once again Lil Wayne fails to recapture the energy and spirit that elevated him to the highest peaks of hip-hop superstardom.

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Guessing the 2013 Grammys

It’s the Super Bowl of music, and we’re guessing who will be the MVPs.

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Madonna: 10 October 2012 - Los Angeles

The Material Girl solidifies her dominance in the live-music world.

Melissa Bobbitt
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Portland Cello Project: Homage

Homage, the Portland Cello Project's latest masterful collection of artfully arranged takes on pop pieces, works perfectly as both background music and as an album that rewards attention.

Steven Spoerl
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“Don’t Let Me Fall”: Hip-Hop in the Age of Austerity

Rappers have always wrestled with the question of how to succeed in a society where the odds are stacked against them. The biggest difference now is that their middle class listeners have the same worries.

Jonathan Tjarks
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Online Fantasy: Kreayshawn's Meteoric Rise to Fame

Female rapper Kreayshawn is on her way to becoming 2011's international sensation after her song "Gucci Gucci" ridiculed all "basic bitches" that value designer clothes. So who is this Oakland-based revelation?

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Hip-Hop’s Heartbreak: Kanye West – "See You in My Nightmare"

West consciously kept the guest spots and big-name collaborations at a minimum when constructing his fourth album. That mantra allowed this particular joint effort to stand firmly on its own among some of the best work he has ever been a part of.

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The Hate for Southern Hip-Hop: Why So Serious?

The way some of us disparage Southern rap, you'd think rappers like Gucci Mane and Waka Flocka Flame had recorded a record dissing Kool G. Rap and Big Daddy Kane.

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Desitively Bonnaroo: Reporting from the Land of Dust and Music (Part 3)

You’re here to see your favorite indie-rock act, and you just so happen to have great representatives from other musical styles to explore as well.

Tomas Hachard
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The Year in Music: December 2010

Continuing our look at the year’s most notable events in the world of music, here’s what happened in December 2010.

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The Year in Music: February 2010

Let’s continue our look at the biggest events in music, one month at a time, with February 2010.

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Eminem: Recovery

Eminem finds his fire and his flow again on Recovery, nearly reinventing himself in the process.

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Katie Couric Pre-Grammy Lil Wayne Interview Trailer

It's hard to know what to think any more.

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Tha Giggle: On Lil' Wayne

Why was Lil' Wayne the single biggest musical phenomenon of 2008?

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Kevin Rudolf: In the City

Kevin Rudolf thinks he's a bigger star than he actually is, and how dare you think otherwise.

Evan Sawdey
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Fall Out Boy: Folie a Deux

Pete Wentz is now dissecting the meaning of his own fame, which is far less interesting than the drama that preceded his ascent into tabloid culture.

Evan Sawdey
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CMAs and the End of Genre or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Kid Rock

This year's CMA winners point to a future where the only thing necessary to be classified as country is a desire to join in and sing.

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Akon: Freedom

Oft-maligned hitmaker's third album doesn't do much to convince the haters that he's not the hack that they think.

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Talk, Talk, Talk: December 2008

Just like the end of an inspiring speech that may or may not succeed in making its point, these final four weeks before 2009 tend to define or defeat the entire awards season purpose.

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Lil' Wayne: Tha Carter III

Taken as conceptually provocative, anti-rational art, this is a monumental album full of powerful, self-defeating statements that obliterate rap's internal logic without offering too much more than indifferent bong logic in return.

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The Best Hip-Hop of 2007

From Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five to a dope album named Desire, hip-hop showed growth in 2007.

Quentin B. Huff
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Jay-Z: American Gangster

American Gangster may never be seen as Jay-Z's defining moment, but it marks his comeback far more effectively than Kingdom Come ever even tried to.

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DJ Khaled: Listennn... the Album

Heavyweight Miami DJ gets his hometown the attention it deserves.

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Lil' Wayne: Tha Carter II

He really IS the best rapper alive, at least when he tries.

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