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T.I.‘s “US or Else” EP is His Most Political & Inspired Work [Feature]

T.I. begins his debut studio album with “Still Ain’t Forgave Myself,” an autobiographical recollection of memories that painted a picture of the life he was living prior to rapping. He details the glocks in... Read More

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Nitty Scott on Misogyny in Rap: “I Was Told I Couldn’t Be Sexy & Still Have Something to Say” [Feature]

Misogyny in hip-hop isn’t a novelty. Sometimes it feels like a tried-and-true rite of passage, to be a rapper and to have lack of respect for women. It’s something that’s reinforced in music videos (with... Read More

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Why You Should See Tech N9ne Live at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado [Feature]

A Tech N9ne concert is not just a concert—it's an experience.Four years ago, DJBooth booked Tech N9ne to close out a concert we held in Atlanta. I had personally seen Tech perform on three separate... Read More

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Common is Making “God Music” on New “Black America Again” Album [Feature]

2016 has been an incredible year for Chicago hip-hop. The voices we cheered for in the underground are slowly reaching the mountaintop, reaching the masses and doing so by making great music. Artists like Chance, Vic... Read More

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T.I., Shawty Lo & The Importance of Bankhead to Atlanta’s Rap Scene [Feature]

Cell phones record as kids dance in the streets, dance in the schools, dance on the ceilings; dancing anywhere they can plant their feet with the dream of going viral twinkling in their eyes. All the dance moves taking over... Read More

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Mick Jenkins “The Healing Component” Album Review [Feature]

Every Tuesday in Chicago, the organization Young Chicago Authors hosts WordPlay, the city’s longest-running youth open mic. At every WordPlay, there’s a featured artist—and on one of those Tuesdays in early... Read More

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What Indie Artists Can Learn From Joyner Lucas Signing With Atlantic Records [Feature]

There are a lot of illusions in hip-hop.For instance, the illusion of overnight success. Thanks to an artist like Desiigner, who managed to get into an 11 record label bidding war on the strength of one... Read More

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