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Lil Peep’s “Life Is Beautiful” Explained
Lil Peep’s first posthumous album, Come Over When You’re Sober Pt. 2, drops in just two days, and today his label released the project’s third and final single, “Life is Beautiful.” Although Peep’s recent singles, “Cry Alone” and “Runaway,” both…
Ariana Grande’s “breathin” Explained
Ariana Grande’s Sweetener is less than four months old, but the pop star has already been hinting at the release of a new project. Her recent single, “thank u, next” may serve as the new album’s title track. Today, she premiered the video for her…
Is Takeoff The Best Migo?
Atlanta trio Migos hasn’t slowed down in 2018, beginning with their second No. 1 album, Culture II, in late January. Since then, the ubiquitous rap group continued with their usual flurry of guest verses. Quavo and Takeoff have also dropped solo…
Looking Back At The ‘Pokémon’ Theme Song
The Japanese anime, Pokémon, made its American debut in September 1998, giving fans the first listen of what many people consider one of the greatest theme songs of all time. Simply titled “Pokémon Theme,” it’s written and produced by John Siegler…
J.I.D & J. Cole’s “Off Deez” Explained
J.I.D announced his upcoming project, DiCaprio 2, on Halloween, and today the Dreamville rapper followed up by releasing the swaggering J. Cole collaboration, “Off Deez.” The track is produced by ChaseTheMoney and features the rappers telling haters…
Why Doesn’t Fortnite Credit BlocBoy JB?
In 2018, BlocBoy JB not only scored his first Top 5 hit with the Drake-assisted “Look Alive,” but arguably made even more of an impact with one of the biggest dances of the year, The Shoot. The move started taking off after the Memphis rapper…
Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next” Explained
Ariana Grande dropped a surprise new single “thank u, next,” which addresses several of her past relationships and her newfound focus on herself. The song came out a half-hour before the latest episode of Saturday Night Live, and she addresses ex-…
Are There Rules To Hip-Hop Beef? A Look Back At Rap’s Worst Wars
In summer 2018, Pusha-T and Drake’s feud revived the discussion about whether there are rules to rap beef. On Pusha’s diss track, “The Story of Adidon,” the G.O.O.D. Music president alluded to the illness of Drake’s close friend and collaborator…
Metro Boomin & 21 Savage’s “Don’t Come Out The House” Explained
Metro Boomin’s new solo project, NOT ALL HEROES WEAR CAPES, features two appearances from his frequent collaborator, 21 Savage. On “Don’t Come Out the House,” 21 uses a whisper flow to describe his traumatic past. The track is co-produced by Tay…
iLOVEFRiIDAY’s “Mia Khalifa” Explained
In mid-February, YouTube duo ​iLOVEFRiDAY released its diss song, “Mia Khalifa,” after misinterpreting a fake tweet seemingly posted by the former porn star of the same name. Now, a viral video first posted on the popular social media app Tik Tok…
Jay Rock & Kendrick Lamar’s “Wow Freestyle” Explained
In June, Jay Rock dropped his third studio album, Redemption. One of the most popular songs from the project is the Kendrick Lamar-assisted “Wow Freestyle.” It’s produced by Hit-Boy and features the TDE labelmates claiming their status as rap…
How SpaceGhostPurrp Influenced Hip-Hop
SpaceGhostPurrp has some high profile detractors, but his influence on today’s rap scene is undeniable. In 2008, the Miami rapper and producer founded one of the first internet collectives, Raider Klan. The group boasted future breakout star Denzel…
Tyga & Nicki Minaj’s “Dip” Explained
It’s been four years since Nicki Minaj and Tyga last appeared on a song together, linking up in 2014’s Young Money cut “Senile,” but today the former labelmates reunite on the remix of Tyga’s recent single “Dip” The track is produced by Tyga’s…
Tyga & Nicki Minaj’s “Dip” Explained
It’s been four years since Nicki Minaj and Tyga last appeared on a song together, linking up in 2014’s Young Money cut “Senile,” but today the former labelmates reunite on the remix of Tyga’s recent single “Dip” The track is produced by Tyga’s…
Trippie Redd’s “Topanga” Explained
Trippie Redd’s latest song, “Topanga,” is the lead single from his next project, A Love Letter to You 3. In contrast to the upbeat, gospel-influenced production by ChopsquadDJ, the track features the Ohio rapper warning people not to test him.…
Lil Mosey’s “Kamikaze” Explained
Lil Mosey released his major label debut project, Northsbest, in mid-October. One highlight is the opening track, “Kamikaze,” which is produced by Kid Culture and Royce David. The song’s Cole Bennett-directed music video has quickly picked up steam…
Rowdy Rebel & Bobby Shmurda’s “Computers” Explained
In 2014, Rowdy Rebel and Bobby Shmurda added momentum to their GS9 crew’s rising popularity with the buzzing single, “Computers.” The track features a menacing beat by Lil Chriiz, and came on the heels of Bobby’s viral hit, “Hot Nigga.” While “…
Cardi B’s “Money” Explained
Although Cardi B originally announced that her new single “Money” was set to drop on Thursday, she surprised fans by releasing it two days early. The track is Cardi’s first solo release since she dropped her debut album Invasion of Privacy back in…
XXXTENTACION’s Abuse Confession Released As Label Plans Posthumous Album
At the time of his murder in June 2018, Florida rapper XXXTentacion was facing a lengthy list of felony charges, including aggravated battery of a pregnant woman, domestic battery by strangulation, false imprisonment, and witness-tampering, for…
Looking Back At Chief Keef’s “Love Sosa”
Chief Keef is one of the new school’s most influential rappers. “Love Sosa,” the second single from the Chicago rapper’s 2012 debut studio album, Finally Rich, is one of his earliest hits. It features production from Young Chop and remains an iconic…
Joji’s “TEST DRIVE” Explained
88rising singer Joji is just a few weeks away from the release of his debut album Ballads 1, and after sharing singles like “SLOW DANCING IN THE DARK” and “YEAH RIGHT,” he’s back with one more song before the project drops. “TEST DRIVE” is co-…
Billie Eilish’s “when the party’s over” Explained
Billie Eilish scored her first pair of Hot 100 hits this summer with her Khalid duet “lovely” and “you should see me in a crown,” the lead single from her still-untitled debut album. Today, the singer-songwriter released “when the party’s over,” a…
Lil Peep’s “Cry Alone” Explained
Long Island rapper Lil Peep tragically passed away from a drug overdose last November, but his spirit lives on. Today, Peep’s label released the music video for “Cry Alone,” the lead single off his upcoming posthumous album Come Over When You’re…
A Timeline Of Drake & Kanye West’s Beef
Drake appeared on LeBron James and Maverick Carter’s HBO series The Shop, and went into detail about how his beef with Kanye West this summer came to be. He spoke extensively about spending time working with West in Wyoming, being given the beat for…
Queen Naija’s “Mama’s Hand” Explained
“Mama’s Hand” is the latest single from YouTube star Queen Naija’s self-titled debut EP. Featuring production from ClickNPress and Rob Grimaldi, the song is dedicated to Queen’s son, CJ. The music video has struck a chord with her fans, earning over…
6LACK & J. Cole’s “Pretty Little Fears” Explained
A highlight from 6LACK’s sophomore studio album East Atlanta Love Letter is “Pretty Little Fears.” Produced by T-Minus and Yakob, the emotional ballad is his first collaboration with J. Cole and features both artists rapping to women they love.…
Kodak Black, Travis Scott & Offset’s “ZEZE” Explained
When fans listen to Kodak Black’s new single “ZEZE” with Offset and Travis Scott, it’s likely that they’ll already recognize the song’s opening instrumentation. Although the track is new, “ZEZE” has already been through the meme cycle thanks to a…
Quavo’s “HUNCHO DREAMS” Explained
Quavo and Nicki Minaj’s relationship has always been a bit of a mystery. The two rappers have been friends for years, but they were at odds back in April after the Queens MC said Quavo wouldn’t back her up about how the Migos and Cardi B…
Bad Bunny & Drake’s “MIA” Explained
Drake has been teasing a collaboration with Puerto Rican rapper Bad Bunny since early this year, and today the pair finally released the long-awaited track. “MIA” features production by DJ Luian & Mambo Kingz, and features both Drake and Bad Bunny…
Lil Peep & XXXTENTACION’s “Falling Down” Explained
In the past year, the rap world lost both Lil Peep and XXXTentacion. Today, the two artists posthumously collaborated for the first time on “Falling Down.” The song arrived amidst controversy among Peep’s fans, many of whom are upset about X’s…
Lil Baby’s “Close Friends” Explained
Gunna and Lil Baby’s collaborative project Drip Harder has been out for a few days now, and it’s starting to become clear which songs fans are gravitating towards. Aside from lead single “Drip Too Hard,” the most popular song from the project on…
Looking Back At Travis Scott’s “Antidote”
Travis Scott scored a major hit in 2015 with “Antidote,” which peaked at No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 late that year. Produced by Eestbound, WondaGurl, and Travis himself, the single stoked anticipation for the rapper’s debut studio album Rodeo…
Hip-Hop’s Love For ‘Superbad’ & McLovin
In 2007, the teen comedy Superbad introduced the world to McLovin. Since Wiz Khalifa first mentioned Christopher Mintz-Plasse’s unforgettable character on his song “Be Easy” that same year, McLovin has been name-checked in dozens of rap lyrics. Many…
Eminem’s “Venom” Explained
Eminem closed out his most recent album Kamikaze with “Venom,” the theme song for Marvel’s film of the same name. The track, which is co-produced by Eminem and his frequent collaborator Luis Resto, makes multiple references to the movie while also…
6ix9ine & Bobby Shmurda’s “STOOPID” Explained
6ix9ine continues his troll-powered rap career today with the release of “STOOPID,” a collaboration with jailed Brooklyn rapper Bobby Shmurda. The song’s production is handled by DJ Lethal and Tay Keith, and features a Shmurda verse seemingly…
How Sheck Wes’ “Mo Bamba” Became A Hit One Year Later
Harlem rapper Sheck Wes‘ breakout hit “Mo Bamba” didn’t arrive with a bang. In fact, its lyrics weren’t even transcribed on Genius until nearly two months after its release. Now, the song is racking up tens of millions of streams.
Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper’s “Shallow” Explained
A Star Is Born hits theaters this Friday, October 5 as the fourth iteration of the classic film first released in 1937. The movie musical stars Bradley Cooper as an aging rock musician and Lady Gaga as a bright young star and Cooper’s love interest…
Looking Back At Tyler, The Creator’s “Yonkers”
Odd Future rapper Tyler, The Creator broke out in a major way with his vulgar 2011 hit “Yonkers.” The self-produced track helped turn Tyler’s Odd Future collective into rap’s hottest names at the time, and the song eventually went Gold without ever…
Lil Wayne’s “Uproar” Explained
Although there’s plenty to digest on Lil Wayne’s new album Tha Carter V, one track seems to be catching a lot of attention online: “Uproar.” The song features production from Swizz Beatz and Avenue, and remixes G-Dep’s 2001 track “Special Delivery…
How Rap Lyrics Are Landing Rappers In Jail
When a criminal suspect is taken into police custody, their Miranda Rights give them “the right to remain silent,” with the warning that anything said “can and will be used against you in a court of law.” For many rappers, prosecutors are going a…
Lil Wayne & Kendrick Lamar’s “Mona Lisa” Explained
It’s been four years since the last time we heard Lil Wayne and Kendrick Lamar collaborate on Mike WiLL Made-It’s “Buy The World,” but today the pair reunited on Wayne’s long-awaited album Tha Carter V. The project’s eighth track “Mona Lisa…
Why Does Everyone Sound Like Young Thug?
Atlanta rapper Young Thug has transformed hip-hop since releasing his earliest mixtapes in 2011. His impact on the genre is undeniable, whether it’s his distinct sound, unmistakable flow, or fashion sense. Not only have many rappers tried to copy…
Drake, Big Sean & The Legacy of Juvenile’s “Back That Azz Up”
In 1998, New Orleans rapper Juvenile released his signature hit “Back That Azz Up” on his third studio album 400 Degreez. The Mannie Fresh-produced track, which features a memorable outro from Lil Wayne, peaked at No. 19 on the Billboard Hot 100 a…
Fact Checking Kanye’s “300 Like The Romans” Reference
Kanye West’s 2013 song “Black Skinhead” contains a line that frankly doesn’t add up. The Yeezus track, which is produced by Daft Punk and Kanye himself, features a botched reference to the 2006 film 300. http://open.spotify.com/track/…
Hip-Hop’s Love For ‘SpongeBob Squarepants’
Since the debut of Nickelodeon’s animated series SpongeBob Squarepants in April 1999, the show has been referenced in hundreds of hip-hop lyrics. After being name-checked on D12’s song “Keep Talkin'” in 2004, SpongeBob himself has been mentioned…
French Montana & Drake’s “No Stylist” Explained
When French Montana previewed several tracks from his upcoming album at Tao Downtown nightclub in New York City in late August, fans honed in on his latest collaboration with Drake. Earlier this week, French revealed that the London On Da Track-…
Lil Uzi Vert’s “New Patek” Explained
Anticipation is high for Lil Uzi Vert’s new album Eternal Atake, and today he unleashed the project’s latest single “New Patek.” The song boasts production by Dolan Beats, who has previously worked with Chief Keef, Lil Yachty, and 21 Savage, and…
Looking Back At Kanye West’s “Gold Digger”
In 2005, Kanye West teamed with Jamie Foxx for “Gold Digger,” the second single from the Chicago rapper’s sophomore album Late Registration. The track would spend 10 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and later won a Grammy for Best Rap Solo…
Looking Back At Kendrick Lamar’s “Control” Verse
On Aug. 12, 2013, Kendrick Lamar sent shockwaves throughout hip-hop with his name-dropping verse on Big Sean’s non-album track “Control” featuring Jay Electronica. Rapping over production by No I.D., the Compton rapper dubbed himself the King of New…
Are You Saying Ariana Grande Correctly?
Ariana Grande’s music career started while she was still starring on Nickelodeon TV series such as Victorious and Sam & Cat. In 2013, Grande released her No. 1 debut album Yours Truly, kickstarting a solo career which has spawned two more chart-…
Eminem’s “KILLSHOT” Explained
Eminem finally responded to Machine Gun Kelly’s with his diss track “KILLSHOT.” It’s produced by IllaDaProducer, who placed several beats on the Shady Records boss' most recent album Kamikaze. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxQTY-W6GIo On the…
Joji’s “SLOW DANCING IN THE DARK” Explained
Joji released his latest song “SLOW DANCING IN THE DARK” on Sept. 12. It’s produced by Chairlift’s Patrick Wimberly, and features the 88rising singer revisiting the unrequited love theme of his previous single “Yeah Right.” On an episode of Genius…
Mac Miller’s Most Memorable Lyrics
On Sept. 7, Mac Miller passed away too soon at the age of 26, but his lengthy musical legacy lives on. Despite the Pittsburgh rapper’s young age, his discography spans over a decade, beginning with 2007’s But My Mackin' Ain’t Easy released under the…
A Timeline Of Eminem’s Lyrical Beefs
Eminem is back in the headlines with his latest album Kamikaze, where he directs barbs at multiple rappers including Joe Budden and Machine Gun Kelly. Of course, beef is nothing new for the Detroit native, who has been in numerous feuds throughout…
A Timeline Of Nicki Minaj & Cardi B’s Beef
Nicki Minaj and Cardi B’s fight during a Harpers Bazaar party at New York Fashion Week 2018 was the culmination of a long-simmering beef between the two rappers. While the origins of their feud is a little murky, fans speculated that Nicki and Cardi…
T-Pain Claims His Beat Inspired Kanye West & Lil Pump’s “I Love It”
Kanye West dropped his Lil Pump collaboration “I Love It” during the first annual PornHub awards on September 6. The track’s production credits include Clark Kent, CBMIX, Ronny J, and Kanye himself, but some fans are pointing out that it sounds…
Mac Miller Has Passed Away At 26
Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller has died at 26. TMZ reports that he passed away from an apparent drug overdose, while his friends and collaborators Wiz Khalifa and E. Dan of ID Labs confirmed the news of his death on Twitter. His family later issued…
Kanye West & Lil Pump’s “I Love It” Explained
Kanye West served as the creative director for the first annual PornHub Awards last night in Los Angeles, and during the broadcast he debuted the video for his new song “I Love It” with Lil Pump and comedian Adele Givens. The video features Kanye…
Eminem Vs. Joe Budden: A History Of Beef
On his latest album Kamikaze, Eminem takes some shots at his own Shady Records rapper Joe Budden, who first signed to Em’s label as part of the now-defunct supergroup Slaughterhouse. Apparently Budden wasn’t too happy to hear what Em had to say…
Childish Gambino’s “Feels Like Summer” Explained
Childish Gambino’s “This is America” video was one of 2018’s most discussed, and his new animated clip for “Feels Like Summer” seems destined for similar status. The clip, directed by Gambino, Ivan Dixon, and Greg Sharp, features a Gambino character…
Machine Gun Kelly’s “Rap Devil” (Eminem Diss) Explained
Eminem dissed a lengthy list of rappers on his new album Kamikaze, including Cleveland MC Machine Gun Kelly. Now, MGK has fired back with his Eminem diss track “Rap Devil.” The title is a play on Em’s 2013 hit “Rap God,” and finds MGK sniping at…
All The Disses On Eminem’s ‘Kamikaze’
Eminem’s new album Kamikaze dropped out of nowhere last night, and fans have immediately taken notice of the many rappers he disses on the project. Over 13 tracks, he takes aim at Lil Xan, Lil Pump, Joe Budden, Charlamagne Tha God, DJ Akademiks…
El “Te Boté (Remix)” de Nio Garcia, Casper Mágico Y Bad Bunny Explicado
Nio García, Casper Mágico, and Bad Bunny’s “Te Boté (Remix)” is one of the biggest hits of the summer despite not having any English lyrics. The star-studded track, which features Nicky Jam, Darrell, and Ozuna, has spent over 17 weeks on the…
Fact Checking Yung Bans’ Flat Earth Theory In ”Round”
Yung Bans‘ recent song “Round” contains a line that simply doesn’t add up. The Juice WRLD collaboration is the seventh track from his 2018 project Yung Bans Vol. 5 and features Bans questioning whether the Earth is actually round. http://open.…
Hip-Hop’s Obsession With Pablo Escobar
Colombian drug dealer Pablo Escobar is one of hip-hop’s favorite controversial name drops. Reportedly worth $4 billion at the height of his success, the Medellin native was lauded as a hero for his charity work, but was also one of the most wanted…
How ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’ Elevated Hip-Hop
Lauryn Hill’s 1998 solo debut album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill cemented her as the first superstar to excel at both singing and rapping. The New Jersey native had already given listeners a glimpse of both abilities as a member of the Fugees. On…
Young Thug, Gunna & Lil Baby’s “Chanel” Explained
Young Thug dropped his latest project Slime Language in mid-August, and the sixth track “Chanel (Go Get It)” seems to have caught the most attention of listeners. In addition to racking up over 6 million Spotify streams within the first two weeks of…
Looking Back At A$AP Rocky’s “F**kin’ Problems”
A$AP Rocky’s stacked 2012 posse cut “Fuckin' Problems” features Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz, and Drake. Produced by Noah “40” Shebib and Drake under the pseudonym C. Papi, the LONG.LIVE.A$AP track was the Harlem rapper’s first Billboard Hot 100 hit…
How Hip-Hop Celebrates Aaliyah With Beats, Rhymes & References
Following Aaliyah’s death on Aug. 25, 2001 at the age of 22, the R&B singer left behind a lasting legacy and made an impact on hip-hop which continues to this day. Rappers and singers alike have paid tribute through lyrical name drops and references…