The Wild Ride Of Rap Music In The ’10s

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Drake-and-Future“From doing records from sampling, I started learning the science about what happened to soul music,” the Alchemist told me 13 years ago. One evening, at New York’s Baseline Studios, I sat in a backroom full of ancient, dusty records, and I listened to the Alchemist and Just Blaze talk about disco. The … More »

J. Cole suggests 2020 drop date for 6th studio album

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J. Cole suggests 2020 drop date for 6th studio albumJ.cole SUZI PRATT WIREIMAGE

J. Cole has set a 2020 release date for his next studio effort. The hip-hop maverick announced the project, entitled The Fall Off, during his headlining set at the first-ever Day N Vegas festival this past weekend.

Standing tall onstage before a mock political campaign backdrop advertising the album, J. Cole looked out into the crowd as a voice recording proclaimed,

“A man whose humility knows no bounds. A man whose pen is so potent, each word of his verses reportedly cost $2,000. We need someone with big ideas and bold solutions. An expert in diplomacy. A candidate that can heal the intergenerational war… vote The Fall Off for 2020.”

It’s no coincidence that the album’s title rings with an air of familiarity to J. Cole listeners. The LP shares its name with the concluding cut, “1985 (Intro to ‘The Fall Off,’” from the rapper’s last studio outing, KOD. The echo between KOD’s finale and J. Cole’s next album indicate that The Fall Off has been in the works long before KOD ever hit the market. J. Cole has yet to declare a formal release date for the impending LP, but preliminary singles are sure to follow.

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Gang Starr – “Family And Loyalty” (Feat. J. Cole)

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Gang StarrNearly a full decade after Guru’s death in 2010, Gang Starr are returning. DJ Premier teased a new Gang Starr album earlier this week with some help from Nas, and now, he’s officially shared their first new song in 16 years. That new song, “Family And Loyalty,” has a posthumous verse from Guru and a … More »

Freddie Gibbs Supports Jay-Z’s NFL Deal, Says “Fuck Colin Kaepernick”

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Freddie GibbsJay-Z’s Roc Nation signed a deal last week to advise the NFL on its live music productions and social justice issues. This was immediately contentious, and unconfirmed reports that Jay-Z will become the owner of an NFL franchise have only intensified the debate. More »

Stream Young Thug’s New Album So Much Fun

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Young Thug - So Much FunIt’s unclear whether Young Thug ever released an official debut album. Way back in 2013 he was teasing HY!£UN35, a project that has yet to materialize and probably never will. Since then he’s delivered a bounty of full-length projects, including massively influential titles like 2014’s Rich Gang: Tha Tour Part 1 alongside Rich … More »

Everything’s Coming Up Christian Rap

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NFChristian rap is having a mini-moment. More »

YBN Cordae – “RNP” (Feat. Anderson .Paak)

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YBN Cordae is releasing his debut album, The Lost Boy, at the end of the week. So far, we’ve heard “Have Mercy” and the Chance The Rapper-featuring “Bad Idea” from it, and today he’s sharing one last single before the whole thing comes out in full in a few days. “RNP” … More »

Ed Sheeran Finally Becomes One With The Algorithm

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Ed SheeranThe universe has been expanding for approximately 13.8 billion years, and ever since the advent of recorded sound, popular music has followed suit. New galaxies of sound are constantly springing up and spreading out, intermingling and morphing and exploding. An adventurous music fan is never bored. Yet this past decade the pop mainstream has exhibited … More »

J. Cole’s All-Star Dreamville Rap Camp Makes Beautiful Chaos

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DreamvilleThere have been rap camps before. In the sessions for his album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye West famously flew basically all the artists he liked out to Hawaii, hung a “What would Mobb Deep Do?” sign on the studio wall, and tried to figure out whether he could create any magic. He could. More »

Stream J. Cole’s Revenge Of The Dreamers III Comp

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J. Cole - Revenge Of The Dreamers 3J. Cole’s Dreamville label has been sharing compilations from its artists since 2014. The third, titled Revenge Of The Dreamers III, was announced back in January, and features vocals from Bas, Cozz, Omen, Lute, Ari Lennox, EarthGang, and J.I.D. According to the album’s Wiki page, over 100 artists were invited to the recording sessions along with big-name producers such as Mike Will Made It, DJ … More »