Watch Cardi B’s Full Coachella Set Featuring Chance The Rapper, 21 Savage, Kehlani, & More

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“You know what y’all?” Cardi B said midway through her set at Coachella tonight, just before performing her song “Best Life” with Chance The Rapper. “I’m living my best life.” And yeah, sure, that’s just regular stage banter. But you know what? It’s also true. Her debut album Invasion Of Privacy just debuted at … More »

BlocBoy JB Is Ready To Take Over

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You don’t upstage Drake. It’s just not done. You might rap better than Drake on a song. Drake himself seems to have no problem with that. He keeps inviting rappers who might outrap him onto songs. But as far as sheer outsized movie-star magnetism, nobody is outgunning Drake. He is King Shit in the charisma … More »

Netflix’s Roxanne Roxanne Opens Up New Possibilities For The Rap Biopic

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A funny thing about Roxanne Roxanne, the new Roxanne Shanté biopic that went up on Netflix last week: The movie goes through the entire career arc that most music biopics go through, and for the entire thing, its hero still has braces on her teeth. So: The precocious talent finds her voice in the midst … More »

A$AP Rocky – “Bad Company” (Feat. BlocBoy JB)

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There’s still no word on A$AP Rocky’s upcoming album, which may or may not be titled TESTING. But there is a new song, the latest in a string of recent one-offs including “☆☆☆☆☆ 5IVE $TAR$,” “Above,” “Money Bags Freestyle,” and the Gucci Mane/21 Savage collab “Cocky.” The new track “Bad Company” … More »

BlocBoy JB – “Rover 2.0″ (Feat. 21 Savage)

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Last month, Drake gave an enormous boost to the underground Memphis street-rapper BlocBoy JB when he collaborated with BlocBoy on the new single “Look Alive.” It’s probably the best of the songs that Drake has released thus far this year, and it immediately propelled BlocBoy into the Billboard Top 10. But BlocBoy was making … More »

Alice Merton Is Ruling Rock Radio. Is A Pop Crossover Next?

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Do you remember where you first heard “Royals”? Almost any guess could be correct — and not just because the song achieved the sort of ubiquity you’d expect from a #1 hit. More »

Kendrick Lamar’s Black Panther And The Art Of The Corporate Crossover

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There’s a moment on “Opps,” a track from the Kendrick Lamar-curated compilation Black Panther: The Album, where the South African rapper Yugen Blakrok says, “Stand behind my own bars like a seasoned criminal / Gotham City streets, I’ll play the Riddler.” Except we don’t hear the word “Riddler”; all we hear is a prolonged beep. More »

BlocBoy JB – “Look Alive” (Feat. Drake) Video

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Drake currently has the #1 song in the country, and these days, he’s out here handing out oversized novelty checks and buying groceries for strangers. And in another act of self-interested generosity, he’s now popped up on “Look Alive,” the new single from the buzzy young Memphis rapper BlocBoy JB. It’s a … More »