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Watch Jay Z Perform With Nas At Coachella

The twentieth anniversary of Illmatic is less than a week away and Nas celebrated in style by performing his entire debut album from beginning to end at his Coachella performance. The only interlude from the album was when Nas was joined by former rival Jay Z to perform “Dead Presidents” and “Where I’m From.” Diddy [...]



My Ghetto Report Card: How to Evaluate Rappers

Dan Adu-Gyamfi scored 1.1 on his SAT The greatest debate amongst rap fans is who the greatest rapper of all time. Most of the time you’ll realize people mention their favorite artist instead of who they truly consider to be the G.O.A.T. Theatrics ensue as a faux cypher commences with participants doing their best impersonation… Continue reading »

LeBron James – “Fuckwithmeyouknoigotit (Freestyle)”

Back in the mid-aughts, hip-hop mixtape culture was driven by MCs aiming to one-up each other by freestyling (or “freestyling”) on other people’s beats. Lil Wayne was the king of this particular conceit, and his effortless genius inspired seemingly every professional basketball player of note to drop some bars over a hit rap instrumental. Allen [...]



Teach You How to Teach: A Guide to Great Rap Tutorials

Abe Beame heard that you look like MC Hammer on crack. Everyone’s talking about YG and DJ Mustard’s Compton throwback, My Krazy Life and its standout track, “Meet the Flockers”. In the song, YG gives us a brief overview on the fine points of home invasion. The song is glorious, but it’s hardly the first… Continue reading »

Jay-Z Covers New York Magazine

New York Magazine gives Jay-Z the cover of their special “100 Years of Pop Music in New York” issue via a choice throwback portrait. In conjunction with the issue, they’ve added their Encyclopedia of New York Pop Music to their site. I haven’t had a chance to dig through that yet, but I did read [...]

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