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Data scientist Matt Daniels decided to take a look at the lyrics of popular hip-hop acts and analyze how diverse they are.
Literary elites love to rep Shakespeare’s vocabulary: across his entire corpus, he uses 28,829 words, suggesting he knew over 100,000 words and arguably had the largest vocabulary, ever. I decided to compare this data point against the most famous artists in hip hop.
Jason Tate on 05/05/14 - 12:48 PM
Last weekend, Shabazz Palaces premiered their new album in Seattle. The album, titled Lese Majesty, is due out July 29th via Sub Pop.
Jake Jenkins on 05/05/14 - 09:16 AM
Young Money is not messing around tonight. Hit the replies to stream a new Nicki Minaj track titled "Yasss Bish!!" featuring Soulja Boy.
Jake Jenkins on 05/02/14 - 10:52 PM
Head to the replies to stream a new Lil Wayne song titled "Believe Me" featuring Drake.
Jake Jenkins on 05/02/14 - 10:22 PM
Last night TMZ caught up with Death Row Records' Suge Knight who claimed that Tupac is still alive and "on an island smoking a Cuban cigar." Let's just say it's been a weird week for music news.
Jason Tate on 05/02/14 - 12:02 PM
This morning, Earl Sweatshirt took to twitter to point us in the direction of a couple of new tracks he posted on Soundcloud. You can check them out in the replies.
Jake Jenkins on 05/02/14 - 09:17 AM
Chance The Rapper dropped a new track in celebration of the one year anniversary of his fantastic release last year, Acid Rap. Head to the replies to stream, "I Am Very Very Lonely."
Keagan Ilvonen on 05/01/14 - 11:07 AM
Of course someone would compile the research to see if it supports Jay-Z or not in declaring lacrosse soft.
But let's take Jay-Z's line literally for a second. Is it actually true, as Major League Lacrosse claims, that lacrosse is, as sports go, pretty hard? Are its athletes as fit, on average, as athletes in other sports? Do they have equally strong muscles, or equally impressive aerobic capacities?
Jason Tate on 04/30/14 - 12:22 PM
R&B auteur The-Dream just released a lyric video for an overtly political new track titled "Black." The video includes imagery from the Donald Sterling controversy and various social movements, and concludes with this written message: "Black isn't just a color. Black isn't just a race anymore. It's a feeling and a place from which one feels isolated by the world of the governing elite. Classism is the new racism. This is what black feels like." There's no announced single or album to accompany the song, but you can watch the video in the replies.
Ryan Dennehy on 04/29/14 - 10:22 PM
Welcome to hip-hop in 2014: on the newest DJ Khaled track "They Don't Love You No More," Jay Z raps "Haters wanna ball, let me tighten up my drawstring / Wrong sport boy, you know you soft as a lacrosse team," in a possible Drake diss. This didn't go over well with Major League Lacrosse, who took the opportunity to lambast Hov, claiming that he "wouldn't last one minute on a lacrosse field," and go on to say "he is more than welcome to come to any of our games and try."
Lacrosse is often called the fastest sport on two feet. Players are on the field dodging and shooting balls at over 100 miles per hour.
With that said we don’t think Jay-Z knows what he’s talking about when he calls...
Ryan Dennehy on 04/29/14 - 12:17 PM
Action Bronson is partnering with VICE to bring us a cooking show called Fuck, That's Delicious. You can view the trailer in the replies.
Jake Jenkins on 04/28/14 - 03:47 PM
The Roots' drummer Questlove has posted the first in a weekly series of essays over at Vulture exploring the history and current landscape of hip-hop and what it means for black culture. It's an interesting read and well worth your time.
Jake Jenkins on 04/24/14 - 09:36 AM
What was already one of my most anticipated hip-hop albums just became even greater. In a new interview with NPR, Nas revealed that he's working with Timbaland, Swizz Beatz and No I.D. for his follow up to 2012's fantastic release, Life Is Good.
Keagan Ilvonen on 04/23/14 - 10:16 PM
A song by the elusive and mysterious producer BOOTS, who many agree was behind the best songs on Beyonce's latest album, has released a new song, titled "Dreams," featuring the singer. Check it out in the replies. You can buy the track online right here, and all proceeds will be going to the Day One charity.
Blake Solomon on 04/22/14 - 03:28 PM
It appears that Rage Against the Machine frontman Zach de la Rocha is collaborating with Killer Mike and El-P on the duo's follow-up to last year's excellent Run the Jewels.
Chris Collum on 04/21/14 - 06:54 PM
Future has released the video for "I Won," a track featuring Kanye West about their respective fiances. The track comes from Future's new LP Honest, which is out Tuesday and can be streamed at MTV. You can watch the video in the replies.
Ryan Dennehy on 04/18/14 - 07:05 AM
The odd, acrimonious situation in Wu-Tang Clan over their 20th anniversary album A Better Tomorrow continues to escalate. This time, Raekwon took long winded, angry shots at RZA over the situation in a Rolling Stone interview. He says he's "on strike" from Wu-Tang, and says RZA's "like being a coach and you won rings back in the day, but now your team is in ninth place. It’s time for a new fucking game plan." The interview is chock full of insight from Rae on a number of topics and is well worth the read.
Ryan Dennehy on 04/17/14 - 12:47 PM
Rumor has it that Beyoncé and Jay Z are planning a national tour as co-headliners this summer. Supposedly called "The Mr. and Mrs. Carter Tour," it will run from June 13 through August 6, with eventual European dates planned as well.
Ryan Dennehy on 04/17/14 - 08:41 AM
Check the replies for a video interview with Nas discussing his doubts about how his classic, Illmatic, would be received.
Jason Tate on 04/16/14 - 12:44 PM
Childish Gambino would like out of his record contract.
Glover went on to say that he wants another company—“Def Jam, Atlantic, whatever”—to buy him out of his contract, noting that Glassnote must not care about him because he’s “not loud, or outrageous, or a white girl with a big ass.” (Not that most of Glassnote’s other acts—Mumford & Sons, Chvrches, Little Green Cars, Two Door Cinema Club, Phoenix, etc.—are any of those things either.) Glover also maintains that the label has been lying to him, claiming that after he said, “I know how the Internet works,” to his label, they “laughed on the phone and said, ‘oh really?’”
Jason Tate on 04/15/14 - 05:42 PM
Prodigy of Mobb Deep was not happy about getting a perfect score from Pitchfork for the re-release of Da Infamous. Dylan McCarthy at ToneDeaf takes a look at the entire situation:
He raises the question: should privileged middle-class white guys be commenting on rap music when they have no firsthand experience of the culture and the struggles and oppression that come with it – in other words, no credibility on the matter?

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Jason Tate on 04/15/14 - 12:48 PM
Future's highly anticipated sophomore album, Honest, is now available for stream over on MTV.
Jake Jenkins on 04/15/14 - 09:23 AM
Head to the replies to see Atmosphere's video for their song "Kanye West."
Blake Solomon on 04/14/14 - 10:17 AM
Killer Mike and The Alchemist have teamed up on a new track called "The Boonies" from the forthcoming The Boondocks mixtape. Head to the replies to give it a listen and check out the lineup for the rest of the mixtape.
Keagan Ilvonen on 04/12/14 - 10:51 AM
Evian Christ recently spoke to self-titled magazine for a cover story. In it, the producer talks a little bit about working on the new Kanye West album.
“I’ve got to get home and write an Otis Redding–style beat for him,” explains Leary. “He e-mailed last night. He wants something that sounds a bit like Otis Redding, a bit like Mobb Deep.”
Jake Jenkins on 04/10/14 - 10:10 AM
Broken Ankles, the collaborative EP between Girl Talk and Freeway, can now be downloaded for free via DatPiff.
Jake Jenkins on 04/09/14 - 02:51 PM
Chuck Inglish held a listening party for his new solo album, Convertibles, on Friday at Red Bull Studios with producer Mike Einziger (Avicii "Don't Wake Me Up") detailing the production process behind each track. You can check out some photos from the event here. And if you haven't already, you can stream Convertibles on Rdio.
Keagan Ilvonen on 04/08/14 - 11:20 PM
Atmosphere have released a new song called "Kanye West" -- you can hear it in the replies.
Jason Tate on 04/08/14 - 11:44 AM
An upcoming Pusha T concert at North Carolina State has been cancelled, supposedly due to unfounded rumors about the Virginia rapper's possible gang affiliation.
Chris Collum on 04/03/14 - 04:22 PM
Drake has released yet another new song titled "Days In The East." You can check it out in the replies.
Jake Jenkins on 04/03/14 - 09:17 AM
Known for his fusion of boom bap and blues, Jared Evan is taking his signature style and using it to craft a series of cover songs. Hit the replies to hear his take on Lorde's "Team."
Jake Jenkins on 04/02/14 - 10:29 AM
Stream and download a new Drake track titled "Draft Day" in the replies.
Ryan Dennehy on 04/01/14 - 09:13 PM
Wu-Tang Clan have a characteristically bonkers way of releasing their other new album this summer, Once Upon A Time In Shaolin. Via AV Club.
...The sole copy of Once Upon A Time In Shaolin will be encased inside an engraved silver-and-nickel box designed by British-Moroccan artist Yahya, then taken on a tour through museums, art galleries, and festivals. There—and only there—visitors will be able to listen to all 128 minutes of its 31 songs on headphones, and only after enduring a rigorous security check to eliminate the risk of any recording devices.
Blake Solomon on 03/26/14 - 02:04 PM
Today marks ten years since Madvillainy, the classic collaboration between MF Doom and Madlib was released.
Chris Collum on 03/25/14 - 08:53 PM
FiveThirtyEight crunched the data to find the "fastest rapper in the game" -- the results?
Joey Bada$$, who manages 180 wpm, is the best amateur of the bunch, followed by DyMe-A-DuZiN (179.7 wpm) and Shawn Chrystopher (174.2), but none comes close to Twista’s 280 wpm.
Jason Tate on 03/25/14 - 12:37 AM
Head to the replies to stream Wu-Tang Clan's new song, "Keep Watch." You can also pre-order the collective's new album, A Better Tomorrow.
Keagan Ilvonen on 03/21/14 - 08:09 AM
Wu-Tang Clan have dropped a comeback single called "Keep Watch." Listen here.
Chris Collum on 03/18/14 - 10:06 PM
In a new interview with MTV, Lil Wayne confirmed that Tha Carter V will be his last solo LP.
Jake Jenkins on 03/13/14 - 11:03 AM
Childish Gambino will be releasing his latest album, Because The Internet, on vinyl for Record Store Day (April 19th). Modern Vinyl has more details.
After its limited bootleg pressing and copies available on his current Deep Web Tour, Childish Gambino’s Because The Internet will finally get a larger vinyl release, as part of Record Store Day 2014. The new run is limited to 5,000 copies, includes the original artwork and is packaged along with a metallic o-card (sleeve), printed inner sleeves and a 72-page booklet (12″ by 12″). That booklet may be why it’s priced at $40 for the event.
Drew Beringer on 03/10/14 - 07:44 PM
Head to the replies to check out Atmosphere's new music video for "Bitter."
Keagan Ilvonen on 03/10/14 - 10:59 AM
T-Pain, the much maligned auto-tune singer who had so many massive hits in the mid 00s, has a new profile in the New Yorker that takes a look at how he felt when everyone started to treat him as a joke. The nastiest bit is that Kanye West, who had called T-Pain in to consult on 808s and Heartbreak, wrote a song during those sessions essentially calling every idea T-Pain had garbage. It's an interesting, short piece, and one that I highly recommend.
But what has made T-Pain most resentful since his fall from the top was seeing certain artists use Auto-Tune and not get criticized; rather, they were celebrated as innovators in a way that T-Pain never was. Chief among these were Kanye West,...
Ryan Dennehy on 03/07/14 - 06:59 AM
You can watch Schoolboy Q's new video for "What They Want" in the replies. It comes from his new album Oxymoron, out now.
Zac Djamoos on 03/06/14 - 08:01 PM
Jump to the replies to stream Lupe Fiasco's new song called "Thorns & Horns" featuring Ab-Soul.

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Keagan Ilvonen on 03/05/14 - 11:18 PM
Earlier this week we told you about some insane collaborations that will be featured on the upcoming Divergent soundtrack, out March 11th. The first song from the OST has surfaced: a collaboration between Harlem rapper A$AP Rocky and French producer Gesaffelstein, who produced "Send It Up" from Yeezus. Listen to the track here.
Chris Collum on 02/28/14 - 11:50 AM
Asher Roth will release his new album, RetroHash, on April 22. You can check out the album's first single, "Tangerine Girl," over at Billboard. Head to the replies for tour dates and more info.
Blake Solomon on 02/26/14 - 02:15 PM
You can stream Rick Ross's new album, Mastermind, on iTunes. The album will be available next Monday, March 3rd.
Drew Beringer on 02/25/14 - 10:19 PM
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