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Which Rappers Haven’t Released Their Best Albums Yet?

Hip-hop is a young artist’s game. Most athletes peak in their mid-twenties to their early thirties, and rappers follow a similar trajectory. There are exceptions, of course—boxer Bernard Hopkins won a world championship at age 49, and Pusha-T defeated Drake at age 41. Fame, money, drugs, love, and …

Library Music Is Changing the Sampling Game In Hip-Hop

There’s no denying hip-hop has changed. It was always changing.  From the moment the craft left that rec room at 1520 Sedgwick, the tenets of the culture have been in flux, but no single innovation proved as revolutionary as sampling. The sampling boom of the late ‘80s, powered by the …

40 Best Hip-Hop and R&B Albums of 2019 (So Far), Ranked

Ah, yes, another list to argue over. In April, we brought you the 20 best hip-hop and R&B albums of the year. In June, we brought you 30 albums. Now, we’re up to 40 albums as the fall weather kicks in. We look forward to fighting with you all on Twitter. [Editor’s Note: As we move into Quarter …