Authentic battle rap will never fully converge with its mainstream depictions because to do so would compromise its best qualities.
Just as there is a worst Daniel Day-Lewis movie and worst type of pizza, there is a worst Kanye West album.
The youth is in danger.
"'Edgewood' proves that finding your voice is not a direct route but a journey of trial and error."
The Def Jam MC continues his never-ending identity search on 'Bobby Tarantino II'
The importance of “A Milli” wasn’t only in the song's execution, but for what it did to the rest of hip-hop.
We can't be friends if you don't understand why Kanye West is Taco Bell.
The Chicago rapper has the talent, and now the label backing, to develop into a truly remarkable artist.
The R&B industry is littered with money grabs and squandered potential. Not Jorja Smith.
Kendrick Lamar took home the gramophone, but the nominations proved there can be more than one winner.
With 'Dedication 6' coming soon, we revisit what the mixtape series has meant to Weezy F. Baby.
Earl's album taught me that sometimes you just need to know that someone else is there in the darkness with you.
Artists no longer need you to love their music forever—just until they release their next project.
Offset hasn’t just proven he can handle himself away from Migos; he’s proven he’s a force to be reckoned with.
How much is hip-hop culture truly willing to understand and change in order to fight Trump?
Yes, this is exactly what you think it’s going to be.
From Bow Wow perplexing to Cam'ron floating, this is the best and worst of BET's hip-hop time capsule.
True to the album's title, Macklemore's newest full-length album sans Ryan Lewis heads down divergent paths.
For the last 10 years, Kanye’s career has been defined by internal madness; “Everything I Am” was his final moment of clarity.
The best teams always have a few guys willing to sacrifice for the greater good; rap groups must follow this blueprint.
Desiigner’s career has been defined by pure chaos, and it’s made his future the most unpredictable in rap.
OutKast’s third studio album was timeless, unique, and, looking back, one of the most important albums in hip-hop history.
From Ludacris to Will Smith, these are the most absurd rapper movie roles ever.
Imperfection is important. It's our blueprint for progress.
Kanye and 50 Cent’s “rivalry” wasn’t just an entertainment spectacle; it was a watershed moment for hip-hop.
Personal and artistic growth is only possible through separation.
Comparing people to other people is the internet’s greatest pastime. Why not do it with 'Game of Thrones' and rappers?
“Public Service Announcement” was not only the apex of JAY-Z's career, but the last time he had anything left to prove.
Prodigy was more than just a scribe to some of the grittiest lines in rap history, he was a voice for timeless conflicts bigger than himself.
On the first single of his upcoming project, Macklemore wants you to know that this is a fresh start; so why don’t we believe him?
In an era with more freedom to release music than ever before, the timing of those releases remains a delicate, high-wire act.
Each and every component—every single choice and decision—on a song matters when it comes to perfection.
Each of the Wu’s members’ style is unmistakable. But how would their debut albums fare in today's hip-hop’s climate?
How Slim Shady went from being my favorite artist to a false prophet.
'The God Box' feels less like a return, and more like the second life of a rap career that felt complete.
Each unique in their own way, we present arguments for Quavo, Takeoff and Offset as the trio's top member.
For the last 17 years, the Philly rapper has had one of the most interesting careers in rap... without one solo project to his name.
With Murder Inc. Records set to return, we highlight the five best albums the label produced.
With her comments (and "apology") about leaving hip-hop behind, Cyrus only added to a destructive, endless narrative.