Demo Taped works his way out of the blues by returning to his gospel roots on "Insecure."
September 13, 2017 The Atlanta anomaly and Young Thug labelmate faces his anxieties on new single, "Insecure."
Young Martha, "Homie"
September 8, 2017 Unlike the MTV VMA-winning visual Young Thug failed to show for, Young Thug shows all the way out on this one.
Lil Uzi Vert, caught surfing the crowd at Coachella last April, released his album Luv Is Rage 2 last week.
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September 1, 2017 From fearless smiles to suicidal thoughts, mainstream rap is challenging the old black masculine tropes with a nod to mental health.
Open Mike Eagle resurrects Chicago's notorious Robert Taylor Homes in his concept album, Brick Body Kids Still Daydream, out Sept. 15.
August 24, 2017 Gentrification becomes violence personified as the rapper dons a hero's mask to humanize the housing project's demise in the premiere of his tragicomic video.
T-Pain is taking his voice, free of Auto-Tune effects, on the road.
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August 22, 2017 Six cities. No Auto-Tune. All the hits.
Syd, "Bad Dream/No Looking Back"
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August 21, 2017 A new song from the voice of The Internet, as intimate as it is explicit.
CNN political commentator and Prince devotee Van Jones is fusing hip-hop into his #LoveArmy.
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August 16, 2017 Roc Nation's latest signee delivers hard rap about black America's moral obligation in the era of President Trump.
DOOM reemerges with the premiere of the first KMD single from the forthcoming album, Crack In Time.
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August 16, 2017 Rap's masked villain drops the first single from KMD's third album — and first in 25 years — Crack In Time.
August 15, 2017 Chicago school kids dream up a backyard barbecue - with Chance behind the grill - to escape their hometown's marginalized media narrative.
Google celebrates hip-hop's 44th anniversary with a graffiti Doodle designed by iconic visual artist Cey Adams.
August 11, 2017 At 44, hip-hop has shifted from disregarded to highly regarded.
Fashawn's EP, Manna, is out now on Mass Appeal Records.
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August 11, 2017 The Fresno spitter returns with a new EP, as political as it is personal.
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August 9, 2017 The hook-up anthem gets a video full of femme empowerment and late-night hype.
The Kennedy Center Honors will recognize the pioneering achievements of LL Cool J on Dec. 3.
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August 3, 2017 The rapper is part of an evolving appreciation of hip-hop for the Kennedy Center — and is also the youngest honoree in its history.
Kendrick Lamar and Rihanna star in the video for "Loyalty."
July 28, 2017 DAMN.'s most pop-worthy song gets a video of epic proportions