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Bhad Bhabie Has Figured Out the Formula for Becoming a Rapper
Bhad Bhabie is breaking all of rap's rules and is taking notes of what takes to become a rapper.
City Girls’ Unapologetic Attitude Help Them Get Noticed
City Girls are ready to make their mark in hip-hop.
Hip-Hop’s New Generation Has a Real Obsession With Rock
Hip-hop's new generation of artists have an obsession with 1990's rock.
Tee Grizzley Hopes His Struggle Inspires People
Tee Grizzley knows all about losses. Now, the rising rapper wants to use his struggle to inspire people.
Why Nicki Minaj and Cardi B’s Rift Is History Repeating Itself
The shoe is on the other foot for Nicki.
Cardi B’s ‘Invasion of Privacy’ Proves Her Transparency Translates Into Triumph
Cardi B's debut album 'Invasion of Privacy' proves that her transparency can translate into triumph.
6lack Shows No Signs of Slowing Down
6lack has found his lane and people are taking notice.
Saba Proves He’s a Rising Star With Big Plans for Pivot Gang
Saba's known for melodic flows and cadences, but his skills as a producer have also put him on the map.
Travis Scott Searches for Happiness While Creating His ‘AstroWorld’ Album
Travis Scott is just an artist trying to thrive and survive, and continues to search for happiness while creating his third album, AstroWorld.
Diss Tracks Have Come a Long Way But Not Without Big Changes in the Digital Age
Diss tracks aren't what they used to be.
20 Of The Best Rap Outros
We all know how that it’s important how you start an album or mixtape, but how you finish it is equally vital to the success of any project. The final song, or “Outro” if you will, is the conclusion. It’s the last piece to the puzzle the artist has been building from the moment you pressed play...
15 Rap Songs That Shout Out New Jersey
New Jersey often gets a bad rap—pun intended. To some it’s the sixth borough of New York City, but to others, the Garden State is the home of the Jersey Shore and we all watched how well that unfolded on MTV. Contrary to polarizing opinions, New Jersey is much more than the sum of its parts, especially when it comes to hip-hop. ...