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On This Day: LL Cool J Debuted on “Radio”

On this day, LL Cool J released his groundbreaking debut album Radio, marking a cornerstone chapter not only for the record's author, but for Hip-hip in its vast entirety.

Released under Def Jam Records, Radio signified the label's first full-fledged album with production managed entirely by Rick Rubin, whose minimal, bare-bones approach and instrumentation seemingly flowed exceptionally well with the seventeen-year-old Cool J, “the result is rap at its most skeletal, with a hard-hitting, street-level aggression that perfectly matches LL's cocksure teenage energy,” as reviewed by AllMusic's Steve Huey.

While the album attained much commercial success with over 500,000 copies sold in its first

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Travis Scott & Yung Lean Reunion?

Following the success of Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight, Travis Scott reunites with Yung Lean?

Although barely making only two months since the release of Scott's highly-anticipated project, the Grand Hustle star already took to the studios, as revealed through a particular Instagram post, wherein Scott appears to be working with a familiar twenty-year-old Swedish rapper—none other than Yung Lean.

The two first got together in 2014 wherein Scott was featured on Lean's song “Ghost Town” listed on his album Unknown Memory; Likewise, Lean also shares he was initially featured on “Pray 4 Love”, and continued, “I'm on his [upcoming] album as well. I have a verse on a song and apparently he put Th

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Tasha The Amazon Drops Latest EP “Die Every Day”

Perp Vonnegut, aka Tasha the Amazon just dropped her newest EP, Die Every Day.

The Toronto artist took a big step forward upon the release of “Picasso Leaning” earlier this year. With the song—complete with music video—climbing all the way to the top on local Spotify charts, Tasha the Amazon followed up with “Prayer”, which only furthered her steps towards attaining a larger scope of notoriety.

Her latest collective asserts the Toronto rapper's grip anchoring the record's production, alongside DJ Danthrax (who, when together form the tandem Bass & Bakery). Die Every Day features both latter pre-released singles as well as multiple new ones.

According to Tasha, the eight-track EP co

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Throwback Albums: Rakim, Method Man, & Geto Boys

On this day, three memorable albums were released, authored, by three prominent and well-respected names in the realm of Hip-hop. With only one day before the weekend, adding these three albums onto a much-needed throwback playlist is highly-recommended.

 

Tical 2000: Judgmenet Day (1998)

  • Marking his second solo record under Def Jam Records, Wu-Tang's Method Man donned the prophet persona and served out rhymes infused with apocalyptic themes and ramblings about the end times—listeners can't help but feel intrigued at the rapper's enigmatic verses. The album also features a myriad of guest artists, ranging from Redman, Left Eye, Mobb Deep, D'Angelo, as well as several fellow Wu-Tang clansmen. The al

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Unreleased Tupac music, biographical book, more from Digital Underground creator

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Tupac's death, and his friend and former band mate, Chopmaster J of the pioneering hip hop group Digital Underground, is promising to release some previously unheard Tupac recordings to mark the occasion.

Digital Underground was an alternative hip hop group from Oakland that helped define the sound of hip hop throughout the late 80's and 90's. The group featured a rotating line-up of many great musicians, the most famous and successful of which was the legendary Tupac Shakur. Chopmaster J is often credited with discovering Tupac, who got his start working as a roadie, then later as a background dancer and emcee, for the band.

Chopmaster J has announced plans to release previously unheard Tupac recordings, possibly t

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Presenting Asphalt's AYC x Public Enemy Collection

“There are few names more highly regarded in the pantheon of hip hop than Public Enemy,” writes the headline on the Asphalt Yacht Club web page, “Their aggressive beats, untouchable lyricism, and unmistakable style defined a new generation of street culture.”

Introducing the all-new AYC x Public Enemy collection: The latest line of quality threads donned under Asphalt Yacht Club. Presented through all-new tees, hoodies, beanies, reflective prints, and coaches jackets, AYC offers a step back to the glorious classics, as the rap collective so vehemently embodied.

Their newest collection specifically targets to “channel the raw power of the group in a collection that celebrates the timeless message of some of the boldest and most eclectic s

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