Rapsody may be unfamiliar to some rap listeners, but she’s respected in high places. She’s the protégé and signee of Grammy-winning producer 9th Wonder, Kendrick Lamar made her the only feature with a guest verse on his benchmark album To Pimp a Butterfly, and she’s managed by JAY-Z’s powerhouse company Roc Nation.
"The older you get, the harder it is to shake it. And then one day, it all just flushes out, and you have to deal with the fact that you’re unhappy."
While the worst days of my depression are behind me, Insecure's arc of Lawrence put me right back in my parents’ basement several years ago – making it one of TV’s best portrayals of mental illness from the black perspective.
Sure, it only has three solo Eminem songs (as well as verses on two posse cuts), but they’re three of the best, most distinctive songs of his career.
"I was able to flush out the man-made problems I was having and just really get in touch with my spirit. You just gotta quiet yourself down sometimes,"
"First Day Out" is Detroit-centric, mentioning streets and slang that only Detroiters would know.
Terrace Martin talks about him and Kendrick Lamar's future smash with Rihanna, the decision to make Damn a contemporary rap album, and what Kendrick has in common with Herbie Hancock.
Always "Striving For Perfection."
“Ross is right up there with Hov and Ye. Same skill set, if you will."
Joey Badass won’t give up on his relentless pursuit of the American dream—even as a crooked system drops barriers in his path.
After forgiving himself for failing to follow his creative instincts, the Detroit rapper has decided he knows what's best.
It's a pick so late to the game that it feels more like a slight than an achievement.
Chance The Rapper is the latest leader, but he's far from the only innovator in hip-hop this year.
“Music allowed me to express myself, write my words down, share with other people, connect with other people. It’s just a whole ‘nother energy,”