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The Best Albums of 2016 (so far)

July 05, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Hard as it may be to believe, 2016 is already more than halfway over. And despite what the Trump campaign or British xenophobia may have you believe, it hasn’t all been terrible this year either, at least not music-wise.

A line-by-line analysis of Nicki Minaj, Drake, and Lil' Wayne's "Truffle Butter"

The True Meaning of Nicki Minaj’s “Truffle Butter”

March 06, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Since last summer the should-have-been-Academy-Award nominated song “Truffle Butter” has been blaring across suburban exercise classes across the country.

Kanye West's album release rollout for The Life of Pablo is a goddamn mess right now. So why isn't the media saying anything about it?

Kanye West Is A Goddamn Unholy Mess Right Now

February 15, 2016 / by / 1 Comment

You wanna know how I know Kanye is wrong when he says the media treats him unfairly? They are not killing him at the moment.

Fans of hip hop, fashion, and loading screens can have it all with Kanye West's live stream of T.L.O.P. from Madison Square Garden on TIDAL

You can buffer Kanye’s album T.L.O.P. now on TIDAL

February 11, 2016 / by / 1 Comment

Fans of hip hop, fashion, and loading screens can stream Kanye West’s new album T.L.O.P., which is currently debuting live at Madison Square Garden during Ye’s #YeezySeason3 fashion show, through Jay Z’s music streaming buffering service TIDAL.

Ranking the top 15 greatest Christmas albums of all time

The 15 Straight Up Greatest Christmas Albums of All Time

December 15, 2015 / by / 2 Comments

Christmas comes but once a year, yet somehow we as a society allow Christmas music to play ad nauseam for nearly 10% of the calendar year.

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If These GOP Presidential Candidates Were Rap Songs of 2015

December 15, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

We determined which hip hop song of 2015 was most applicable to these six Republican presidential candidates because, if we’re being honest, we just really needed something enjoyable to laugh about with these candidates.

Hip hop is pop music, and there's one man to thank: Lloyd Banks

Lloyd Banks Is the Most Important Man in Music

March 16, 2015 / by / 5 Comments

Hip hop is pop music, and there’s one man to thank: Lloyd Banks(?!?!)

Test your 90's Hip Hop Knowledge!

QUIZ: 90’s Hip Hop Song, or Self-Help Book?

January 09, 2015 / by , / 3 Comments

90s hip hop taught us a lot of things, from Wu Tang’s cogent analysis of modern American capitalism to Eminem teaching us his name. But how well do you really know 90’s hip hop guidance from your more traditional self-help book?

We did a power hour while listening to one minute of the top 60 songs of 2009.

2010 in Music: A Power Hour Review

December 08, 2014 / by / 16 Comments

A few years stick out over the course of history as high water marks for recorded pop music. That nebulous time period between Korea and Vietnam when rock was being perfected, 1968, 1975, 1991/92, and 2001 all come to mind as years where the (broadly-speaking) pop music scene coalesced to crystallize the sound of their generation’s zeitgeist.

We did a better job than Gawker of ranking Kanye's album tracks

A Better Ranking of Kanye West’s Album Tracks

September 25, 2014 / by / 140 Comments

Last week, Gawker published a numerical ranking of every single Kanye West album track. It was horrible for several reasons: it didn’t offer a single explanation for any of its choices, it gave the totally decent “Never Let Me Down” the top spot and it ranked “So Appalled” dead last. I’m still reeling from the last one, and might never read Gawker again as a result.