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30 Life Lessons from JAY-Z to Celebrate His 50 Remarkable Years on Earth

“Shawn Carter was born December 4th…” are the first words Gloria Carter speaks to begin JAY-Z’s The Black Album, his eighth studio release. None of the seven albums that came prior start with a personal narrative or narrator. From the beginning, “December 4th” stood as a conceptually uncommon …

10 Most Valuable Rap Producers of the 2010s, Ranked

In November, DJBooth broke down the 10 Most Valuable Rap Collaborators of the 2010s, featuring the rappers and singers whose guest performances led to chart-topping hits. That list did not highlight one of hip-hop’s vital ingredients: the relationship between artist and producer.  …

5 Best French Hip-Hop Releases for November 2019

The penultimate month of the French rap calendar brought with it several highly anticipated releases. Siboy and Dinos returned with sophomore projects, while rap français luminary SCH also dropped his new album. The music took a backseat to mourning, however, with the tragic passing of one of …