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Hip-Hop Lists Rap

Hey, Look! I Found the Worst Rap List of All Time!

Lil Dicky, Quavo, and Ski Mask The Slump God over Rakim? I quit.

Every time I stepped into madness of the crowds, I longed for the wisdom of the loneliness.

Mehmet Murat Ildan

“Why don’t you write about rap anymore?”

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My Very Best Writing of 2018

Another whirlwind year. 

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Hip-Hop Rankings Rap

Ranking Jay-Z’s Albums

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Jay-Z is the most successful emcee in history. With 14 number one albums on the Billboard chart (11 in a row as a solo artist), 21 Grammys, over 100 million records sold, and countless other side deals, he has repeatedly gone beyond the normal bounds of what a rapper could do.

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Hip-Hop Rap

The Greatest Year in Hip-Hop History

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Of all the conversations and debates surrounding the best of the best in hip-hop — MC’s, groups, producers, labels — perhaps the most difficult to ascertain is what is the greatest year in hip-hop history. Let’s answer it with a 16-slot bracket tournament.

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Hip-Hop Rap

“Classic Albums” Documentary: Jay-Z’s ‘Reasonable Doubt’

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For years, it felt as if there were no interest in what went into the making of a hip-hop classic.

While other genres, most notably rock, had the backstories of their best results covered extensively (largely because it was often the favorite music of the people in charge of such things), there was not much insight into how a hip-hop classic is made.

Fortunately, that has changed and hip-hop documentaries abound.

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Writing

My Very Best Writing from 2017

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It’s been an interesting year for all of us, but for me, this was even more true.

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Hip-Hop Rap

“4:44” Is Great, but Not New – Jay-Z Has Been Making Confessional Songs His Entire Career

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Much of the reaction to Jay-Z’s thirteenth album, 4:44, from much of the press is that Jay – finally – has matured and is allowing himself to be shown through his music.

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Hip-Hop Lists Rap

R.A.G.U. – Raekwon & Ghostface Killah Collaborations

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They’re the dynamic duo of hip-hop.

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I Was There

I Was There: Live 8 Philadelphia

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We weren’t going to go.

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Hip-Hop Rap

Classic Non-Album Cuts: Jay-Z

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Whether or not Jay-Z is the greatest rapper of all time is a matter of debate (he’s certainly in the conversation), he’s undoubtedly the most successful and influential rapper in history.