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 »

Stream Big Sean & Metro Boomin Double Or Nothing

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No rap producer had a bigger 2017 than Metro Boomin. In addition to having a hand in huge hits like Migos’ “Bad And Boujee,” Future’s “Mask Off,” and 21 Savage’s “Bank Account,” Metro produced entire albums for artists like Gucci Mane, Nav, and the combination of 21 Savage andMore »

Big Sean & Metro Boomin’ drop their collabo album ‘Double or Nothin’

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Tonight, two other Midwest legends drop a new collabo album, this one from Detroit’s Big Sean, and STL’s Metro Boomin. …

Stop Enabling These Dweebs, Beyoncé

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Can we talk about Eminem’s Revival tracklist for a minute? It is not a promising tracklist. “Foreboding” is a better word for it. Look at these features:

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— Marshall Mathers (@Eminem) December 5, 2017 I have not yet heard “Bad Husband” featuring X Ambassadors, but I am certain … More »

Ezra Koenig Reveals He’s A Grammy Voter, Laments Metro Boomin Snub

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Ezra Koenig is now a Grammy voter. As Pitchfork points out, on the latest episode of his Beats 1 series Time Crisis, the Vampire Weekend frontman revealed that this is his first year as part of the voting pool for National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Koenig broke down potential winners in … 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 Sean & Metro Boomin – “Pull Up N Wreck” (Feat. 21 Savage)

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Just a few days ago, young superstar producer Metro Boomin teamed up with 21 Savage and Offset to release the full collaborative album Without Warning. It was good. And now Metro has once again teamed up with Savage. This time, though, Offset’s not involved. Instead, the song belongs to a very different rapper: … 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 »

Stream Offset, 21 Savage, & Metro Boomin’s Surprise Album Without Warning

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A couple of weeks ago, Future and Young Thug teamed up on the surprise album Super Slimey, and now three other big names in the Atlanta rap scene have teamed up for a surprise album of their own. Offset, 21 Savage, and producer Metro Boomin have come together for the aptly named Without … More »

Niall Horan’s Solo Album Makes One Direction Seem Dangerous By Comparison

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At this point One Direction have been broken up long enough that we’re beginning to see what each member of the once-dominant boy band is bringing to the table in his solo career. Zayn Malik fashioned himself as a mini-Weeknd of sorts, exploring 50 shades of sexy pop-R&B and coming away with some decent … More »