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Roc Marciano’s ‘Reloaded’ Provided the Blueprint for Modern Underground Rap

Roc Marciano's sophomore album Reloaded didn't just rubber-stamp Roc as an elite lyricist; it provided a path for a blueprint… Read More

November 16, 2022

MixedByAli on Making “Human Music” with Kendrick Lamar, Baby Keem, & More

We spoke to engineer MixedByAli about working with special artists like Kendrick Lamar and Baby Keem, his new platform EngineEars,… Read More

October 15, 2021

10 Zion I Songs That Show Why Zumbi Was A Bay Area Hip-Hop Legend

From "Bird's Eye View" to "Tech $," these Zion I songs are a testament to the late Zumbi, a brilliant… Read More

August 26, 2021

From Yasiin Bey To Outkast: 10 Rap Songs That Sampled Aretha Franklin

In honor of the "Queen of Soul," we've selected 10 rap songs that sample Aretha Franklin's music. Aretha Franklin, the… Read More

August 16, 2021

Hi-Tek on the “Bittersweet” Making of His Classic Solo Debut ‘Hi-Teknology’

We spoke with producer Hi-Tek about his solo debut Hi-Teknology, the underlying drama surrounding its release, the impact of "Round… Read More

May 8, 2021

The 20 Best Rap Verses of 2000

Rap music enjoyed a landmark year in 2000, with a number of classic albums shaping the sound of the genre.… Read More

September 24, 2020