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The 51 Best Albums Of 2013 - What Made Your List?

December 30th, 2013 6:00pm EST
Daft Punk
Ranking the very best albums of any year is incredibly difficult; there are always misses. 2013 was filled with some triumphant musical moments, though not all of their parent albums were necessarily ‘worthy’ of being considered the best of the year. Because of various factors, this list has its surprises and like any album reviewed, its triumphs and flaws. One thing’s for sure – the top ten to fifteen albums are pretty close to the cream of the crop from my perspective. Here are the 50 (+1) best albums of 2013!

1) Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City
XL

The Ivy Leaguers outdo th...
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20 Best Rap Albums Of 2013

December 29th, 2013 9:00am EST
Marshall Mathers LP 2
2013 has been an exceptional year for rap album releases.  Some were hot, while others were far from it – cold as Antarctica. Still overall, there were plenty of releases to be proud of, no questions asked. Below, you’ll find my ‘MIA’ (or called it in) list as well as my top 20 rap albums of 2013. This excludes mixtapes and previously released material FYI.

1) Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP 2
Aftermath

Eminem set out to prove he’s still the illest MC, epitomized by his vicious performance on the epic “Rap God”.  Ultimately, Eminem accomplishes his task of affirming his ‘god status’, sou...
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A$AP Rocky Evades Assault Charges For Allegedly Slapping Female Fan

October 17th, 2013 8:32am EDT
A$AP Rocky
A private prosecution of rapper A$AP Rocky over claims he struck a female fan while performing at the Made in America festival in Philadelphia, in August has been delayed.

Lisa Wade filed a private criminal complaint with the city's District Attorney's Office last month, stating the 25 year-old hip-hop star had struck her while making his way through the crowd.

Nevertheless, as the incident was not witnessed by police and was regarded as a misdemeanor, Wade was ordered to file a private criminal complaint, meaning she had to provide contact details for the alleged assailant.

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2013 Album Playlist: Favorites, Least Favorites, and Honorable Mentions - Part 3

October 13th, 2013 2:50pm EDT
Ariana Grande
Welcome to the final part of my Favorites, Least Favorites, and Honorable Mentions of 2013.  Here is where I housed my honorable mentions, which were many.  If you missed the previous two posts, here’s how I opened them up respectively, beginning with Favorites and ending with Least Favorites:

Favorites:

“As I look over my 2013 playlist from my iPod, I realize I have listened to numerous albums this year.  In fact, the amount of music that my ears have consumed and my pen has analyzed is pretty scary…and I still missed lots of albums! SMH! Some were special, some made me cringe, and som...
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The Morning Roundup: Gwen Stefani Expecting Third Child, Lamar Odom Heads To Rehab, Miley Cyrus Gets Nasty

September 5th, 2013 10:00am EDT
Gwen Stefani
Scarlett Johansson is engaged. The actress reportedly said 'yes' to boyfriend Romain Dauriac a month ago, and she was spotted with her shiny new rock on the red carpet at the Venice International Film Festival on Tuesday. (story)

Lamar Odom has finally realized he has a problem and has checked into rehab. (story)

You stay classy, Miley Cyrus. (story)

Gwen Stefani is expecting her third child at 43. (story)

Contrary to reports, Jack Nicholson is not retiring from acting. A website that we won't name (and whose credibility we question) reported that the actor is suffering from memory loss...
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A$ap Rocky Charged With Assault After Allegedly Slapping Fan

September 5th, 2013 8:49am EDT
Asap Rocky
Rapper A$ap Rocky was charged with assault after reportedly slapping a fan at Jay Z's "Made In America" festival in Philadelphia, Penn., over the weekend.

On Wednesday, a woman filed a criminal complaint with Philadelphia's District Attorney's Office, claiming the singer struck her while he was making his way through the crowd during Saturday's festival. The rapper was apparently trying to avoid fans who were pulling on his shirt.
 
The unnamed fan claims she got whiplash from the impact of A$AP's hand.
 
The singer has been charged with misdemeanor simple assault.

A$ap's moniker has mult...
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Soundbite: A$AP Rocky-Thuggin Noise (Ryan Hemsworth Remix)

August 8th, 2013 3:15pm EDT
A$AP Rocky
Taking a sample from a Brittney Spears song and shoving it in with A$AP Rocky? Yes, it can gracefully work and still sound hood enough. Canadian producer, Ryan Hemsworth gives “Thuggin Noise” a twist of  bass beats fused with the tender sounds of the piano, and of course, A$AP madness. You can DL this track for free on the new FOLIE DOUCE COMPILATION VOL II.  Get it get it!

 
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Kendrick Lamar Is MTV’s Hottest MC In The Game, Kanye West Angry About Being #7

March 9th, 2013 12:34pm EST
Kendrick Lamar
MTV has chosen this year’s “The Hottest MC in the Game,” and it’s Kendrick Lamar, who beat 2 Chainz and Rick Ross.

Lamar topped the 2013 list following the success of his debut album, “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City.”

He commented on Rap-Up.com, "It's very important for hip-hop. I love that they have debates like that. We need that. It's competitive. Even though we (are) doing these collaborations and stuff like that and we cool, at the same time, this is still rap. It's still competitive and I'm trying to compete with everybody to be the best."

2 Chainz and Ross (who was last year’s winner), pl...
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'Long.Live. A$AP' Review

January 17th, 2013 6:30pm EST
A$APRocky
A$AP Rocky was set to conquer the world of rap music in 2012. His mix tape 'Live Love A$AP' made many year end lists in 2011 and netted him a major label deal. 'Long.Live.A$AP' was set to release in the middle of 2012, and yet it received numerous delays, and during that time Kendrick Lamar released his masterpiece 'Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City,' which seemed to take attention off of Rocky.

Well, it's now 2013 and 'Long.Live.' is finally here, and it was mostly worth the wait. In fact, the only let down on the album is Rocky himself.

Most of the beats on 'Long.Live.' are nothing short of fanta...
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A$AP Rocky Arrested In NYC Following Fight With Photographers

July 20th, 2012 8:03am EDT
A$AP Rocky
Rapper A$AP Rocky has reportedly been arrested after a street showdown with two amateur photographers.

The hip-hop star, real name Rakim Mayers, was taken into custody in New York City on Thursday.

According to TMZ.com, Mayers was embroiled in "a verbal dispute with someone in downtown Manhattan" when two male bystanders began taking photos of the heated exchange.

A scuffle then erupted between the 23-year-old rapper and the snappers, who suffered cuts and bruises in the fight. One of the alleged victims is said to have been taken to hospital to receive treatment for his injuries.

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A$AP Rocky To Portray John F. Kennedy In Lana Del Rey's 'National Anthem' Video

June 22nd, 2012 10:02am EDT
A$AP Rocky
Rap newcomer A$AP Rocky has signed on to play assassinated President John F. Kennedy as an African-American in Lana Del Rey's bizarre new video for National Anthem.

Del Rey will portray Kennedy's wife Jackie in the odd promo, which the hip-hop star describes as "some cool trippy s**t."

He claims his video partner's vision for the short film is way ahead of its time, adding, "People are gonna get it in, like, three years (and) that's the whole purpose of it."
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Tupac Shakur 'Resurrected' During Snoop Dogg's Performance At Coachella

April 16th, 2012 8:12am EDT
Tupac Shakur
Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre brought Tupac Shakur back from the dead for a show stopping finale to the first Coachella weekend on Sunday night.

Shakur appeared as a hologram on the festival stage after a tribute performance of his hit California Love and the late star 'teamed up' with Snoop on Ain't Nothin' Like A Gangsta Party after an eerie solo rendition of Hail Mary from beyond the grave.

The ghostly apparition drew mixed reactions from those watching the set online, with one fan calling it "wrong on so many levels" and others stunned by the Tupac trick, tweeting, "WTF!"

However, most ra...
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Lana Del Rey To Duet With Tyler, The Creator?

April 11th, 2012 4:15pm EDT
Lana Del Rey
Lana Del Rey has sparked rumors of a collaboration with rapper Tyler, The Creator after the pair struck up a bizarre friendship on Twitter.com.

The odd couple recently began sending messages to each other on the social networking site, with the Odd Future star writing, "Just found out Lana Del Ray (sic) wanted to work with me. Had no idea. If your (sic) reading this I'm down, I have pretty instrumentals."

The Video Games hit-maker replied by telling him, "You're Number 1."

It wouldn't be the first time Del Rey has teamed up with a hip-hop star - she sings on rapper A$AP Rocky's upcomi...
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