Happy 20th Anniversary to Nas’ Illmatic!

Tomorrow, we celebrate a monumental day in rap history: the 20th anniversary of Nas’ Illmatic. Usually, such a milestone would officially mark this album a classic—but let’s be honest. Illmatic received that honor a long time ago, when it first hit the shelves of record stores. Before April 19, 1994, rap fans had never heard […]

Most Anticipated Rap Albums for 2014

2013 was an awesome year for rap, regardless of how you might feel about the musicians and albums that came to dominate it. Kendrick Lamar and Macklemore were breakout sensations, and we received albums from Eminem, Jay Z, Kanye West, Tyler the Creator, Childish Gambino, Mac Miller, Big Sean, Drake, Hopsin, and many others. 2013 […]

11 Biggest Snubs in Rap-Grammy History

If you haven’t heard yet, everyone from hip-hop fans to Macklemore himself believes that Kendrick Lamar got snubbed at the 2014 Grammy’s. That might be true—however, rap has a long, unfortunate history of getting shafted by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (the voting committee for the Grammy’s). There have definitely been some […]

Magna Carta Review

Can I get a what-what the hell am I listening to? Often heralded as one of rap’s greatest MCs, Jay-Z delivered his twelfth studio album earlier this month. Magna Carta…Holy Grail is a mediocre piece of work that falls short of greatness mostly because of disappointing wordplay. Even the album’s title is a mediocre effort. […]