Rap/Hip-Hop

Taylor Swift Makes It An Eight-Peat Atop Billboard 200

January 8th, 2015 11:33am EST
Taylor Swift Makes It An Eight In A Row Atop Billboard 200
Maybe DJ Khaled and Drake said it best: “No New Friends.” Applied to the current Billboard 200, the phrase is best attributed, “no new releases” of note. That said no one is shocked to hear that the invincible Taylor Swift rules the charts for an eighth non-consecutive week. Even with units and sales alike down from the previous week, 1989 still stood tall, selling 172,000 copies.

Swift was unopposed at the top spot, with the next closest album in sales (Guardians of the Galaxy Soundtrack) and impact (Nicki Minaj’s The Pinkprint) not coming anywhere close. 172,000 versus 70,000 copies ...
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Rae Sremmurd Leads A Skinny Week Of New Albums

January 6th, 2015 10:20am EST
Rae Sremmurd, Sremmlife © Interscope
January is equivalent to death… well not exactly. Rephrase that – in the music industry, January is typically a slower month, which means that few new releases ‘jump right off the page.’ That’s not true of the entirety of January, but the first week of the new year is extremely quiet this year. One of January’s most anticipated albums, Sremmlife may lead the charge, but it definitely isn’t the ‘second coming.’ Here’s three newbies to check out.

1) Rae Sremmurd, Sremmlife (Interscope)

Southern hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd look to light up January with their debut album, Sremmlife (what...
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Some Musical Inspiration For Accomplishing New Years Goals

January 3rd, 2015 4:00pm EST
Musical Inspiration For Accomplishing New Years Goals
Everyone has goals they wish to achieve in the new-year – a desire to “Restart,” Sam Smith. For a number of people, trying to get “Out Of The Woods” and “Shake It Off” isn’t far-fetched in the least Taylor Swift. Whether it’s beginning a new relationship, committing to your soul mate, weight loss endeavors, growing spiritually, or getting a new job, we view each new year as “Tomorrow” The Roots, and we’re all “Ready To Run” One Direction. So get prepared to be “Man Of The Year” and make all 365 days of the new-year one “Hell Of A Night” – or something like that Schoolboy Q!

1) Beg...
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Taylor Swift Easily Keeps The Number One Spot Red Hot On The Billboard 200

January 2nd, 2015 8:27am EST
Taylor Swift Easily Keeps The Number One Spot Red Hot On The Bil
She's bleeping unstoppable – like totally! As much as the talk of the queen – aka Taylor Swift – has grown old, she just keeps on dominating the music industry like it’s never been dominated before. She's beastly – in the most distinguished and ladylike manner possible. Cutting to the chase and the 'pure' sales total, Swift sold another 326,000 copies of 1989, impacting with an even more robust number of 'units'. Nobody seems to be able to 'shake off' Swift and if she was shakable, the industry would be left with a void - a "Blank Space" (get it?).

Speaking of “Blank Space,” it adds fur...
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What Albums Should You Be Looking Forward To In January?

January 1st, 2015 1:00pm EST
9 Highly Anticipated January Albums
In the dead of January, some artists and record labels seek to rollout some new albums to keep folks musically stimulated. It’s a splendid idea considering nothing big seems to go down after the Holiday season – absolutely nothing. Still, there are nine brave souls looking to leave their mark early in 2015.

1) Rae Sremmurd, Sremmlife (Interscope, January 6)

The southern hip-hop duo has two notable hits in “No Flex Zone” and second single “No Type.” Recently, a third single, “Throw Sum Mo” featuring Nicki Minaj and Young Thug was unveiled to the world.

2) Meghan Trainor, Title (E...
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Fabolous Hits A Homerun With 'The Young OG Project'

December 30th, 2014 8:00am EST
Review: Fabolous Hits A Homerun With 'The Young OG Project'
Sometimes, you just have to wait. As the old expression goes, “the best is yet to come.” For hip-hop music, that quote exemplifies the game in 2014. Some of the year’s strongest albums came late – efforts including Logic’s Under Pressure, Big K.R.I.T.’s Cadillactica, and J. Cole’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive truly represent the elite. Fabolous’s 1990s-inspired LP, The Young OG Project joins the aforementioned as one of the best rap albums of 2014, dropping at the tail end on Christmas Day.

The Young OG Project opens with a bang with “Lituation” where Fabolous is on autopilot from the jump...
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40 Best Songs of 2014

December 28th, 2014 6:00pm EST
The 40 Best Songs of 2014
As Judge Judy once said, “Beauty fades, dumb is forever.” What does that have to do with a list of the best songs of 2014? Well, little, though the honorable judge’s prudent words can be transformed into relevancy for the music industry: “Album sales fade, but songs continue forever.” In other words, while albums are selling horridly, songs themselves continue to flourish and dominate the music industry.

Limiting a list to just 40 songs is tough, given the number of great songs that characterize 2014. That means there will be omissions – maybe even big-time snubs – stones might be throw...
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Why Nicki Minaj’s ‘The Pinkprint’ Is A Must Buy

December 26th, 2014 4:00pm EST
The Pinkprint
On December 15, 2014, The Pinkprint was unleashed to the world, and it was epic! Nicki Minaj released an album nothing short of her own Nicki Minaj-ness filled with a taste of everything – the refined, the raunchy, and the indescribable. To celebrate the ‘artistic’ gift that was bestowed upon the world prior to Christmas, here are seven reasons why The Pinkprint is a must buy.

1) The album opens ‘seriously’

Surprisingly, Minaj’s latest album doesn’t open with brash, unapologetic fare. Instead on opener “All Things Go,” Nicki is in serious, mature mode, incorporating more personal...
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Nicki Minaj Settles For Number Two On The Billboard 200

December 26th, 2014 8:21am EST
Nicki Minaj
Not that it was ever going to be a contest, but Taylor Swift reclaimed her perch on the Billboard 200 without any trouble. 1989 sold 331,000 copies, an uptick in sales, and also experienced an uptick in the Billboard 200’s new ‘units’ system, to the tune of 375,000 units. But as we all know, doesn’t a queen always win? Swift has certainly been exactly what the music industry needed in a weak years of sales.

Nicki Minaj, who boasts the week’s top new album, settled for second place. The Pinkprint sold more respectably than expected, selling 194,000 copies, and impacting even more consi...
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What Were The 25 Best Albums Of 2014?

December 22nd, 2014 11:00am EST
25 Best Albums Of 2014
Another year, another group of albums ranging from awesome to nothing short of horrid – blah! Although sales overall for 2014 have been at times as dreadful as a four-letter word, that doesn’t mean that there weren’t some awesome, truly dynamic albums to be found. The motto of 2014 definitely would have to be, “don’t judge an album by its sales.” Some truly terrific albums grace this list of the best albums of 2014.

1) Sam Smith, In The Lonely Hour

On his debut album In The Lonely Hour, Sam Smith shared with the world that a star was born – one transcendent of genre and otherwise. ...
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