J. Cole Wants, So Badly, To Be Rap’s Conscience

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“Life can bring much pain,” a woman tells us in the opening moments of KOD, the album that J. Cole released last Friday. She sounds studiously blank, like the computerized host of Midnight Marauders. She continues: “There are many ways to deal with this pain. Choose wisely.” Easy for her to say. In that … More »

The 40 Best Rap Albums Of 2017

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Streaming changed things. 2017 was the year that rap once again reaffirmed its stranglehold on the collective imagination of America’s youth. Like the moment when Billboard first started using Soundscan and inadvertently proved the massive popularity of N.W.A, the streaming services of the world showed just how powerful this music remains. Rap dominated streaming charts. More »

Big K.R.I.T. – “Ready For The Next”

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Just a few weeks ago, Big K.R.I.T. released the massive new independent double album 4Eva Is A Mighty Long Time, and he’s already got another new song. The strivers’ anthem “Ready for The Next” appears on the soundtrack to 89 Blocks, a new documentary about a champion high school football team from East St. More »

Maroon 5 And The Rock Band As A Pop Hit-Making Machine

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For well over a decade, Rivers Cuomo has been trying to turn Weezer into a pop band. Weezer have always played a kind of pop music, of course; their 1994 debut (“The Blue Album“) overflowed with weapons-grade catchy rock songs you can dance to, and even its aggressively blown-out follow-up Pinkerton followed suit. More »

Big K.R.I.T., Rapsody, Yelawolf, And The Changing Nature Of Southern Rap

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Big K.R.I.T. has always sounded like a throwback, but when we first met him, you could sound like a throwback and also sound like the future. Seven years ago, I interviewed an ascendent K.R.I.T., just after he released his breakout K.R.I.T. Wuz Here mixtape and just before he announced that he’d signed with … More »

The 21 Savage/Offset/Metro Boomin Album Is A Halloween Miracle

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21 Savage gets it. On the outro of “My Choppa Hate Niggas,” one of his solo tracks from the new 21 Savage/Offset/Metro Boomin collaborative album Without Warning, Savage mutters about horror movies: “Feel like Jason, Friday 13th / Hockey mask with the .223 / It’s a nightmare on Elm Street.” The Metro Boomin track … More »

Future And Young Thug Joined Forces, And The World Didn’t Change

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For me, the weirdest thing about Young Thug doing a full album with Future is that Young Thug has already done a whole album with a fake Future — and the album he made with the fake Future happens to be the best thing he’s ever done. In fairness, it’s probably reductive to call Rich … More »

Big K.R.I.T. – “Keep The Devil Off” Video

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The Mississippi rapper/producer Big K.R.I.T. has released a few mixtapes in the past few years, but he hasn’t come out with a new album since 2014’s Caddilactica. That’s about to change. After declaring his independence from Def Jam with the song “Free Agent” last year, K.R.I.T. will release the new 22-song double-album 4Eva … More »

Lupe Fiasco – “Tranquillo” Featuring Rick Ross and Big K.R.I.T.

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Young Dolph Features On New C.U.B. Song “Forecast”

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Hip-Hop has a great history of rappers teaming up with DJs and producers for epic collaborative projects.

Sometimes these rare combinations have created some of the best tracks of all time. Eric B & Rakim, Guru and Premier as Gang Starr, Gnarls Barkley, Talib Kweli and DJ Hi-Tek as Reflection Eternal.

Without the producer/DJ there is no music and without the rapper there is no message. Enter a Mississippi duo C.U.B. with a buzzing grassroots movement in Atlanta, Georgia.

C.U.B. is an acronym for “Counting Up Blessings” a phrase that both rapper Korleon and producer LoStarr are living out in real life.

The two have found success online via various acclaimed Hip-Hop sites and they have both traveled the world working with multi-platinum artists respectively, now they are coming together for something special.

Planning to break up the monotony of Hip-Hop’s oversaturated market with watered down trap music, C.U.B. are something new for Hip-Hop fans.

“We’ve done our thing as individuals for a minute, but at the same time we were always working on our respective projects together in the past, so we decided to make it official and put something out as C.U.B.,’” Korleon said. “They say art imitates life, well this is life imitating art and we on some whole other shit.”

Featuring appearances from Big K.R.I.T., Young Dolph, FABO, CTE’s Boo Rossini and more the guys are confident that their music will continue to impress those that give it a chance.

Armed with a new single dubbed “Forecast,” rapper Korleon and producer LoStarr return with a Young Dolph feature that’s sure to get added to your next playlist. The sample is smooth, the vocals are crisp and the beat is on point. Press play and enjoy!