Twenty One Pilots May Not Be For You (Because They’re For Everyone)

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Twenty One PilotsIn 2015, Twenty One Pilots were the biggest band you’ve never heard of. By the end of the following year, they were the biggest band, period. More »

Vic Mensa Calls Out XXXTentacion Supporters, Rap’s Embrace Of Abusers

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Vic-MensaOne of the shittiest things about rap music lately has been the genre’s willingness to embrace artists who have been accused or convicted of abusing women. Accused abusers like Kodak Black, and convicted ones like 6ix9ine, have had huge hits, and A-list artists have been happy to collaborate with them. And the late XXXTentacion presents … More »

Lil Wayne Talks Drake, XXXTentacion, Birdman, & More In Revealing Interview

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Lil WayneLil Wayne sat down in his hometown of New Orleans with Rap Radar’s Elliott Wilson as part of Wilson’s long-running CRWN interview series. With Wayne’s triumphant Tha Carter V finally out after half a decade of delays, they had a lot to talk about. As Pitchfork points out, that included discussion … More »

Lil Wayne releases the long-awaited ‘Tha Carter V’ album, the final in his Carter series

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Lil Wayne releases the long-awaited ‘Tha Carter V’ album, the final in his Carter seriesLil Wayne Tha Carter V

Tha Carter V is here. Production credits are with Mannie Fresh, Swizz Beatz, Metro Boomin, Ben Billions and more. Lil Wayne starts the album off with a heartfelt, touching message from his mom, just so listeners know who the project is for. The next song features the late Jahseh Dwayne Ricardo Onfroy or his more widely known stage name, XXXTENTATION.

After odes to his mother and the late rapper, “Dedicate” jumps into Tunechi’s recognizable flow with rhyme schemes that bounce like drums. He credits himself as the guy who started the face tattoo trend, reminding those who might have forgot about Wayne, after seven years since the album’s predecessor. The song ends with Barack Obama praising the rap icon next to the likes of LeBron James.

Wayne takes the high energy down a notch on “Let It Fly,” the first feature track. It’s with Travis Scott and touts the ASTROWORLD creators’ melodic, ambient soundscape while giving Weezy room to roll towards the end.

“Dark Side of the Moon” has Wayne’s singing, R&B side, featuring his attributed discovery and the lyrical hall-of-fame bound, Nicki Minaj. The track shows a softer side to Minaj as well.

“Mona Lisa” follows, featuring another lyrical trendsetter, Kendrick Lamar. Lamar’s verse is a Mona Lisa of verses, practically guaranteeing the song’s success right from the starting gate. “What About Me” features Wiz Khalifa‘s Taylor Gang signee, Sosamann and flaunts a laid-back, auto-tuned atmosphere with no rush. It’s a bit of a break from Lamar’s last tirade.

“Open Letter” is a declamation to anyone listening. Discussing about the rappers’ internal struggles with lines such as, “What’s the life expectancy if you don’t expect it.” The track is riddled with lines like this as an open letter to life. He gives a shout-out to the readers, which in this metaphor are the listeners.

“Famous” features Lil Wayne’s daughter Reginae Carter on the hook. It’s about being famous, something Birdman Jr. has become accustomed to since the young age of 14.

Snoop Dogg lends recognizable melodies to his collaboration on Tha Carter V. This one again has the makings of a hit as well, as Wayne fluidly bounces along Broadus Jr.’s guitar.

Lil Wayne uses his mother’s vocals as a transition in “Took His Time,” which has a similar timbre to an artist Wayne was the first to sign to his Young Money Entertainment label, Drake. The next track, “Open Safe,” has that clap-clap-clap-clap atmosphere.

“Start This Shit Off Right” features Ashanti and Young Money Entertainment signee, Mack Maine. Ashanti brings those 2000 vocals back into the frame, proving Lil Wayne and R&B should hang out more.

Wayne gets soulful on “Demon,” showcasing his lyrical prowess with a contrast into soul. “Mess” is another blissfully melodic and vocally deliberate track.”Dope New Gospel” features Nivea, who was nominated for a Grammy for her collaboration with YoungbloodZ & Lil’ Jon‘s “Okay.”

“Used 2,” toward the end of the Carter V album, is an late Easter egg for those fending more poetry in modern rap. Another transition featuring his mother leads into Wayne’s final song, which starts off with sparking what one could presume to be a blunt.

Tha Carter V was meant to be enjoyed, according to Lil Wayne’s announcement of the drop earlier this week. After seven years of material, targeted features, and a nostalgic flow; it’s hard not to enjoy and feel some type of way.

“With this album… I’m giving you more than me,” the rapper said in his announcement earlier this week. “You gotta always remember that. This is four, five, six years of work that you’ll be listening to, and I hope you enjoy it. You don’t have to love it, you don’t even have to like it. Just hope you enjoy every time you put it on.”

Happy birthday, Dwayne.

Kanye Endorses 6ix9ine, XXXTentacion, Louis C.K., Alex Jones During Fader Visit

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Kanye WestKanye West announced last week that he’s releasing a new album called Yandhi this Saturday, the same day he’s scheduled to perform on Saturday Night Live’s season premiere. Today on Twitter he confirmed what most of us suspected: The album will be out Saturday night, presumably around the time of the … More »

Lil Peep and XXXTentacion joined on posthumous collaboration, ‘Falling Down’

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Lil Peep and XXXTentacion joined on posthumous collaboration, ‘Falling Down’Lil Peep Makonnen Tentacion Credit l Mag

In November of last year, hip-hop suffered a devastating loss in the untimely passing of Lil Peep to a drug overdose. Seven months later, hip-hop found itself in mourning all over again, with a similarly influential young, troubled artist taken before his prime when XXXTentacion was shot in South Florida, where he hails from. While the two late artists never knew each other, they both had one thing in common: music with ILoveMakonnen. Now, Peep and XXX have been posthumously linked on a new collaboration called “Falling Down.”

One month ago, Makonnen shared a snippet of the collaborative project on social media with the caption, “I am honoured to have co-written this song that X was inspired to be a part of, shortly before he died. Peep and I always believed that music heals and brings people together in a way nothing else can. When I heard X’s recording, talking about my dear friend Peep I could not wait any longer to share this.”

Makonnen reveals he co-wrote a song with Lil Peep prior to his death, which he later showed to XXX.  The slain rapper is even on record before he died as remarking on Lil Peep’s work saying, “If I would have known he was so cool, I would’ve fucked with him sooner. It’s unfortunate because when people die, that’s when you… because the remorse kind of makes you check them out. It was like if would’ve watched interviews sooner, we were so alike. And it kind of bothers me.” Despite never meeting in life nor being alive today to share their work together, XXXTentacion and Lil Peep still managed to find one another for “Falling Down,” making for a bittersweet, reflective moment in hip-hop after an otherwise troubling year.

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Listen to Lil Peep and XXXTentacion’s Collaboration ‘Falling Down’

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After being teased on Tuesday, September 18, a posthumous collaboration between Lil Peep and XXXTentacion titled “Falling Down” released today, September 19. Lil Peep and XXXTentacion – “Falling Down” ILoveMakonnen cowrote “Falling Down,” and after receiving approval from both of the late artists mothers, decided to release it. ILoveMakonnen took to Instagram to share a

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The Late Lil Peep & XXXTentacion Appear Together On New Track “Falling Down”

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Lil Peep & XXXTENTACION - "Falling Down"Before his death last November, the massively influential Lil Peep recorded a song with fellow sing-rapper iLoveMakonnen, who himself had proven to be a transformative figure in hip-hop after his breakout hit “Tuesday.” Sometime afterward, before being shot dead this past June, the controversial and wildly popular … More »

Thankfully Paul McCartney’s New Album Only Pretends To Be Modern Pop Music

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Paul McCartneyAt age 76, Paul McCartney is still horny as hell. Judging by the advance singles from the former Beatle’s new album Egypt Station, the guy who once hollered “Why Don’t We Do It In The Road” continues to have a very active libido on the eve of his 17th solo studio album. More »

Carnage readies forthcoming XXXTentacion remix

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Rambunctious, trap-revering DJ Carnage recently shared an Instagram snippet of an unreleased remix of the deceased XXXTentacion‘s track, “Voss.” In the video, Carnage is seen flaunting some compelling dance moves, as his 808-heavy rendition of the track chugs along in the background.

XXXTentacion has received ample outreach from the rap/hip-hop community since his untimely death this past June. However, considerable controversy encircles his legacy, largely stemming from his extensive stream of criminal charges, including domestic abuse and aggravated battery of a pregnant woman, followed by subsequent evidence tampering.

Carnage is also not the only artist in the industry vying to pay homage to the fallen rapper. Lil Peep recently unveiled his forthcoming post-humous collaboration with XXX entitled, “Falling Down.” For those inclined to hear the rest of the track, it is set to appear on rapper Sauce Walka’s forthcoming mixtape, Drip God. 

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