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The Best Hip-Hop Debut, Every Year Since 2000

Since its humble beginnings, the rap game has delivered an endless array of seminal debut albums, many of which fans consider among the greatest bodies of work the genre has ever seen. You know the titles: Illmatic. The Chronic. Ready to Die. Enter the Wu-Tang. Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… …

How Mac Miller and Vince Staples Grew Into Their Own on ‘Stolen Youth’

“Me and white boy Mac came to take them back” —Vince Staples, “Outro” Larry Fisherman was an old man with a beard who spouted nonsensical truisms from his porch. He was an auteur of the abstract and a wiz behind the boards. He could make sound speak in tongues and he knew languages foreign to all …

Soul Samples Bring Out the Best in Your Favorite Rappers

Through the work of JAY-Z and Kanye West, Drake, and Young Thug, among countless others, young, naïve hip-hop fans across the globe have come to learn of the work of legendary artists such as Otis Redding (“Otis”), Lauryn Hill (“Nice For What”), and Elton John (“High”).  It’s through sampling …