Rap/Hip-Hop

5 Seconds Of Summer And Common Drop New Albums: This Week In Music

July 22nd, 2014 10:05am EDT
5 Seconds Of Summer And Common Drop New Albums: This Week In Mus
July continues to be something of a slow month for new album releases. While there have been some solid, arguably even notable releases, no ‘blockbuster’ albums have been released. This week, the likely standout for younger listeners will be 5 Seconds of Summer, who release their full-length debut album. For rap lovers, they need look no further than the Midwest’s don, Common, who extends his lengthy career. Here’s 5 albums to check out this week.

1) 5 Seconds of Summer, 5 Seconds of Summer (Capitol)

After releasing EP She Looks So Perfect to an exceptional #2 bow, Australian punk/...
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Music Fridays : 10 Carefree Songs to Celebrate Any Weekend

July 18th, 2014 1:00pm EDT
Music Fridays : 10 Carefree Songs to Celebrate Any Weekend
Whether you’re getting your weekend started early on ‘Thirsty Thursdays’ or going out with your boys (or girls or ‘boo’), here are ten songs to celebrate the weekend. Disclaimer: this list has no intentions of establishing a romantic vibe. It’s all carefree fun!

1) The Black Eyed Peas, “I Gotta Feeling”

from The E.N.D. (2009)

Honestly, any Black-Eyed Peas songs would suffice, particularly from The E.N.D. “Fill up my cup (DRANK), mazel tov!” Throw in a little “Boom Boom Pow” for some extra weekend vibe – whatever that even means.

2) LFMAO, “Party Rock Anthem”

from Sorry f...
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Interview : MKTO Spills Secrets in Fun Game 'Malcolm or Tony'

July 16th, 2014 3:51pm EDT
Interview : MKTO Spills Secrets in Fun Game 'Malcolm or Tony'
Are you a fan of MKTO? Lets be honest. Who isnt! They have such catchy songs, cute guys, and they give great concerts. I was lucky enough to see them in concert at the House of Blues in Los Angeles and they were ROCKSTARS on that stage. Such a great show, sold out crowd and everyone was singing along & having a blast!! But how much do you really know about Malcom & Tony?

Do you ever wonder who's better with the ladies, or which one is a better cook, or who their celebrity crush is? We play a little game of Malcolm or Tony to find out. Check out the fun interview with the guys backstage and...
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The 25 Best Albums Of 2014 (So Far)

July 12th, 2014 12:00pm EDT
The 25 Best Albums Of 2014 (So Far)
2014 has been filled with some exceptional music, and of course some duds to (no shade Robin Thicke). Impossible to include, listen, or review all of them, here is a list of 25 of the best albums, at the midway point of 2014 (January until June). Nothing is concrete until the end of the year, but many currently sitting at or near the top should definitely stick.

1) Pharrell Williams, Girl

While “Happy” is the star player of G I R L, there’s plenty more hits that solidifies Pharrell’s top ranking among the 25 best albums. “Come Get It Bae!” Number one overall seed!

2) Jack Whit...
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30 Best Songs Of 2014 (So Far)

July 8th, 2014 8:00pm EDT
30 Best Songs Of 2014 (So Far)
2014 has delivered a wealth of exceptional new songs. Some songs truly captivate with their songwriting, while others are ‘records’ which standout because of their sound. Choosing only 30 songs out of a sea filed with truly terrific songs is difficult; this list provides 30 of the best songs from January through June 2014.

1) Sam Smith, "Stay With Me"

from In the Lonely Hour

Maybe he’s ‘too emotional’ and 'sucks at one-night stands' as he sings, but Sam Smith can definitely sing – that’s the understatement of the year. The soaring, highly relatable “Stay With Me” exemplifies Smith’...
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Shade Central: 10 Musicians Throwing Shade

July 6th, 2014 3:00pm EDT
Shade Central: 10 Musicians Throwing Shade
Ah, that art of hating on others – shade. These days, any numbers of artists fight with one another, throwing shade left and right. With so much shade thrown, limiting the list to only ten artists makes the level of shade incredibly selective. This list contains the 'must-have shade' of some of today’s shadiest musicians.

1) Nicki Minaj

After winning the Best Female Rapper award at the BET Awards Sunday, June 29, Nicki during a colorful acceptance speech, Minaj cleverly threw shade, chiefly at Iggy Azalea: "...My point is – what I want the world to know about Nicki Minaj is when you...
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Music Friday : Ten Party Anthems To Fit Your 4th Of July Extravaganza

July 4th, 2014 11:00am EDT
Music Friday : Ten Party Anthems To Fit Your 4th Of July Extrava
Happy 4th of July! Get out your BBQs, crack open a cold one and ready the fireworks, it's time to celebrate the great holiday commemorating American Independence. No doubt friends and family will be flocking to your place for a grand ol' time.

But wait? What about the music? Every party needs to music. "But what music nest fits my party?" you might be asking. Well, we're here to help. So fear not - here are ten musical suggestions to help you find a fit that's right for the shin dig of your choosing.

Party Hard - Andrew W.K.

The type of party you're probably having : A banger with a...
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The Top 10 Cockiest Kanye West Songs

June 30th, 2014 1:00pm EDT
The Top 10 Cockiest Kanye West Songs
It really makes you wonder how he gets his head through the door.

For many, there’s nothing worse than a legitimately successful person who flaunts and embraces that success. In acting, sports, politics, and music, there is almost always one person who is hated because of their overconfidence and perceptible lack of humbleness. In music, the name atop the list eligible for ‘cockiest’ award goes to rapper and producer Kanye West.

Few question West’s talents – critics adore him. However, many have some harsh words to describe his personality. Throughout his career, West’s ego has also b...
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20 Of The Dirtiest Rap Songs

June 29th, 2014 6:00pm EDT
20 Of The Dirtiest Rap Songs
Historically, hip-hop has no shortage of raunchiness. For years, hip-hop artists have pushed the boundaries, never being shy about spitting about a 'three-letter word’ – sex, that is. No need to blush yet – that’s what the list of 20 of the dirtiest rap songs is for! The list doesn't include every filthy rap track, but there's definitely a wealth featured in no particular order.

#1 Missy Elliott, "Work It"

from Under Construction (2002)

"Work It" is a crowning achievement for the critically acclaimed Missy Elliott. As addictive and revered as it is, "Work It" is equally risqué, ...
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Review: Riff Raff’s Crazy 'Neon Icon'

June 27th, 2014 9:10pm EDT
Riff Raff, Neon Icon
Riff Raff, Neon Icon – an unorthodox review for an unorthodox album

"Ice on my hands, should have won a damn Grammy!" Hmm, memory serving correctly, being 'iced out' isn’t a qualification to win a Grammy. In unorthodox rapper Riff Raff's twisted, cocky mind, he is God's gift to rap. Listening to Riff Raff's album Neon Icon, it's somewhat difficult to decide if Riff Raff truly believes in himself as much as he leads on. Everything about Neon Icon is utterly ridiculous.

Begin with the album cover. Riff Raff is pictured in front of a neon backdrop holding a baby and a puppy, not exactly ...
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