How CyHi The Prynce Almost Signed to Jeezy Instead of Kanye West Article

CyHi The Prynce has been one the longest-serving—if not longest-suffering—members Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music since signing to the label in 2010, but his career could have turned out very differently. Appearing as a guest on the latest episode Peter Rosenberg and Cipha Sounds’ Juan Epstein podcast, CyHi reveals how he almost signed to Jeezy’s CTE label before Kanye came knocking. […]

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Rick Ross & Gucci Mane are Bringing Their Brilliant Chemistry to the Big Screen Article

Rick Ross’ “Buy Back the Block” is one the most entertaining music videos the last year. In it, Ross posts up in the hood with Gucci Mane, 2 Chainz, Meek Mill, 21 Savage and his son, William Roberts III. But the best part  the video comes before all that: it's the three-and-a-half-minute opening scene, in which Rozay and Guwop play […]

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Meet Cristela Rodriguez, Saba’s 22-Year-Old “Rap Mom” Article

It’s a just past 1 a.m. and 22-year-old Cristela Rodriguez, for the first time all night, is finally getting a chance to sit down. She has a FILA sweatshirt draped over her torso, aged Vans on her feet and a tired, yet satisfied look on her face as her boys are scattered across a chicken joint near the University North Carolina […]

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Pulling Back the Curtain on the Great Drake Page View Grab Article

On March 18, Drake released More Life, a 22-track album that he insists we call a “playlist.”  It has been nine days since the project premiered, and in those nine days, DJBooth has published eight Drake- or More Life-related pieces content, including a 1 Listen album review; news stories about the project's record-breaking stream totals, the rise certain album-related keywords in Google […]

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From Kanye to Kevin Abstract, a Personal Music Video Lineage Article

A music video can make or break your relationship with a song. Like most, I tend to attach personal memories to songs, so if an artist’s video is good enough to rival those memories freestyling with friends in my parent's basement or that time my car engine died in the middle a snowstorm, my brain is second guessing itself as […]

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Drake Earns 7th Consecutive No. 1 With ‘More Life,’ But is ‘Peak Drake’ Over? Article

In the least surprising news 2017, Drake's More Life “playlist” will debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 when the April 8-dated chart is published on Tuesday, March 28. According to Nielsen Music, More Life racked up 505k first-week album equivalent units, which approximately 226k are traditional (digital) album sales and 23k are track equivalent album (TEA) sales.  In earning his seventh […]

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It Took 11 Years & 9 Albums, But the Real Rick Ross Finally Stood Up Article

Rick Ross has finally solved the biggest hold-up  his career and it only took him 11 years and nine projects to figure it out. Despite his remarkable ability to craft a trap banger and his impressive ear for soul-sampled beats, Ross has always been haunted by authenticity—or lack there. Without wasting time rehashing the whole narrative, Ross' previous employment in law enforcement […]

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Kendrick Lamar’s “The Heart” Series: From a “Lil Compton N*gga” to “The Greatest Rapper Alive” Article

Since 2010, Kendrick Lamar’s “The Heart” series has served as a blank canvas on which he’s poured out his emotions and bled the ink his pen. The songs, most which have been stand-alone releases, are usually f-the-cuff (“The Heart Part 4” was completed in the last two days, according to Hot 97’s Peter Rosenberg) and always from the bottom his […]

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“I Came Home, I Stayed Home”: The Complete Story Behind GoldLink’s ‘At What Cost’ Article

On the 9th  March, GoldLink released “Meditation,” the second single from his then-forthcoming album, At What Cost. The synths vibrate with the calming warmth a baby’s giggle, accompanied by sparse, tropical drums that swing with an infectious spirit. It's the kind production that kindly asks your foot to tap, your legs to kick, your hips to wiggle―by the time GoldLink […]

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