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Back in May, D.R.A.M. appeared on Chance the Rapper’s third mixtape, Coloring Book, on a track called “D.R.A.M. Sings Special.” An interlude of sorts, it fit perfectly with the rest of the album in a thematically, providing an interesting direction on an album that was outstanding for a number of reasons. D.R.A.M., in his titular guest track, was given his own spotlight, much in the same way that Chance was given the spotlight on the opening track of...
When I first heard the music of Jeffery Lamar Williams, I wasn’t quite sure what to think. The song was “Lifestyle” by Rich Gang, a 2014 romp of which I understood literally none of the lyrics, but that also had a strange listenability that couldn’t quite be dismissed. Williams—better known by the moniker Young Thug—kept popping up that same year, appearing repeatedly in Pitchfork’s Top 100 Songs of 2014. This guy was putting himself...
Just under two weeks after announcing that he'd follow up last year's stellar debut LP Summertime '06 with a new EP, Prima Donna, Vince Staples has released the project, appearing today on Beats 1 Radio with Zane Lowe to debut it, and releasing it to the public immediately after. The project wasn't expected to be released until tomorrow. https://twitter.com/vincestaples/status/768854129452064770 Staples is well known for his witty personality, which shows up in his lyrics as well as...
Hope it was a good night's sleep for hip-hop fans, because while they were down for the count last night, both a veteran of the trade and an up-and-comer dropped new music for their thousands of fans, always salivating for new music. Jeremih, fresh off the success of last year's underrated Late Nights--featuring hit singles "Oui" and "Planez"--dropped Late Nights: Europe, a 14-track mixtape mostly produced by frequent collaborator Soundz with guest spots from Ty Dolla $ign and Wiz...

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