This Week in Hype: Dr. Dre's $3 Billion Beats, Global Rap & More

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Welcome to another episode of the "

This Week in Hype

" podcast. I promised y'all nothing would change with the

new merger

, and it hasn't. I'm still swearing, making little to no sense for long stretches of time, and giving away free shit. You're welcome.

This week, I start off digging into the reasons behind the aforementioned RefinedHype x DJBooth merger, try to figure out what Apple buying Beats means for Dr. Dre and the future of music, bring on Nation citizen Thomas to talk about hip-hop in Europe and much more.

Discussed This Week

* As always, shout out to

Tino

for that dope theme song (which he's currently reworking to reflect the merger). You can now

hear Tino's story in full

on the podcast.

* This week it became official, Apple bought Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine's Beats for three billions dollars; or as I call it, three bills. What does that mean for the fledgling Beats Music and Dr. Dre as Apple's newest employee? Maybe not a whole lot.

* Nation citizen Thomas hit me up and (basically) said, "I live in Denmark. I think it'd be dope to talk about what hip-hop's like here, and how U.S. hip-hop translates to Europe." And you know what, it was a dope conversation. You should follow that man on Twitter

@Ambitious_Dane

.

* As promised, Thomas hit me with a list of artists that are big in Denmark but are basically just Future and Drake rip-offs (

Sivas

and

Gilli

) and ones that are pretty dope in their own right (

Ukendt Kunster

and

Mund de Carlo

).

* This week's closing song, the Barrel Brother's "Triangle Offense", because

their new album is dopeness

.

[Nathan S. is the managing editor of The DJBooth, the proprietor of RefinedHype, and a hip-hop writer. He also occasionally talks in podcast form and appears on RevoltTV. His beard is awesome.

This is his Twitter

.]

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