Too Late? The Aspect Of Timing in Hip-Hop

Too Late? The Aspect Of Timing in Hip-Hop

Mastering the art of timing in hip-hop isn’t a skill that every artist possesses. Timing isn’t existent in a lane of its own. Occupying the road is an assortment of obstacles trying to throw you off your A game. Things like life, label troubles, and even yourself can hold you back. It’s unfortunate to not witness artists utilize the timing thrown at them. As fans, we’re practically yelling at our screens, tweeting like mad men, when we see an artist we enjoy being presented the chance of a lifetime. Sadly, much like telling someone not to go in there during… continue reading

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The Sermon’s Curation: Best Reads of the Week (5-18 to 5-24)

The Sermon’s Curation: Best Reads of the Week (5-18 to 5-24)

Before we get into everyone else’s work, allow me to be selfish. I wrote an excellent masterpiece about my excitement about a new Will Smith album, but also why I’m scared. Read it via DJ Booth. On to business. There is a lot of content this week. We have a piece about Funkmaster Flex’s epic drop, the indie sensation known as The Young Bucks speaking to Rolling Stone, how some of our idols are flawed and trying to forgive them, a history of The Source vs. Eminem, 15 unknown facts about the Marshall Mathers LP, and more. You’re ready now,… continue reading

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While You Slept: Fences – Lesser Oceans

While You Slept: Fences – Lesser Oceans

While You Slept is a monthly series showcasing an album, mixtape or EP where the quality of the body of work didn’t match the attention it got. In the inaugural post, I bring you Fences’ Lesser Oceans. Fences is a name that not many hip-hop fans are likely aware of. The Seattle-based indie band plays on the alternative side of things. Their only connection to our culture is Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. It was “Otherside (Remix)” that first brought them to my attention, namely Christopher Mansfield, the lead vocalist. I was hooked. It brought a whole new life to the… continue reading

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The Sermon’s Curation: Best Reads of the Week (5-4 to 5-10)

The Sermon’s Curation: Best Reads of the Week (5-4 to 5-10)

This week’s curation is brought to you in part by my birthday. Ha. If you’re thinking of wishing my a happy birthday, thank you. The real gift is that y’all enjoy the articles I gathered this week. Why do people hate Jay-Z? What’s a day in the life of Vince Staples like? How did Drake influence Eminem’s flow? What are Jay’s top 15 B-Side singles? All will be answered as you scroll down. Reasonable Doubt: Is Jay Z All About the Money or the Fans?: Since Tidal’s launch, this is a question that has began to surface more and more…. continue reading

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Discussion: Post-Rich Gang, Who’s Off To A Better Start: Young Thug Or Rich Homie Quan?

Discussion: Post-Rich Gang, Who’s Off To A Better Start: Young Thug Or Rich Homie Quan?

Rich Gang, for now, is done. Birdman’s vision ran 2014 as he recruited Young Thug and Rich Homie Quan. Rich Gang Vol. 1 was in a lot of best projects lists, and for good reason too. This could be a long rant about why we loved the mixtape, but we’ll just recommend listening to hear what we hear. Somewhere along the way, Rich Homie Quan decided it was time to focus on his solo career. It sounded like his reasoning for distancing himself from the controversy already surrounding Birdman with the Lil Wayne lawsuit. Young Thug didn’t exactly take kindly… continue reading

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The Sermon’s Curation: Best Reads of the Week (4-27 to 5-3)

The Sermon’s Curation: Best Reads of the Week (4-27 to 5-3)

Welcome to another exciting, riveting edition of The Sermon’s Curation. A weekly gift that keeps on giving, you’ll see Kendrick Lamar’s latest cover story, a triple threat comparison of Breaking Bad characters to their rap counterparts, Tech N9ne explaining why having fat bitches is a necessity in hip-hop, what in the sam hell is locked in that legendary YMCMB vault, and more. Kendrick Lamar’s Mass Appeal Cover Story: Kendrick takes his place on the latest issue of Mass Appeal. He talks about what the album title means, the American dream, process of creating his album, and much more. Is Frank… continue reading

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