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How Organized Noize Created The Atlanta Hip-Hop Sound With Outkast & Goodie Mob

In looking at Rap superstars, their producers are never far behind in recognition. Rick Rubin was the musical architect that would have a hand in the success of Run-D.M.C., LL Cool J, and Beastie Boys. Dr. Dre's "Midas Touch" with N.W.A., Snoop Dogg (and to a lesser extent) Tupac cleared... Read more

Nas Reviews “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill”

Having already left his mark in Hip-Hop history, it seems Mr. Nasir Jones is focusing his efforts on a new profession: journalism. Ok not really, but his first album review, which covered Lauryn Hill’s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, definitely would have been a great start. In the review Nas... Read more

Kanye West Tops the Billboard Album Chart for the 6th Time

As expected, Kanye West took the sales crown for last week's hip-hop super tuesday, moving nearly 329K units of Yeezus (followed by J. Cole's nearly 298K units). The conversation about the album continues though. Here are 2 articles that perfectly reflect the debate. The first is a hilarious and deceptively... Read more

5 Things I Like About Kanye West’s Yeezus Album (and none of them are the music)

Happy 1st Father's Day to Kanye West. By now, you may have heard his new Yeezus album. I can't say I like most of the music (though I'm In It, Guilt Trip and Bound 2 are intoxicating), and I probably never will. That said, here are 5 things I like... Read more

Kendrick Lamar interviews and XXL review (Video)

The (much-deserved) love for Kendrick Lamar's good kid, m.A.A.d. city album continues. Here are videos from 2DBZ and Google Play showcasing the talented MC (and members of the TDE family--Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, Dave Free (his manager and longtime friend)) discussing the history of Kendrick, the stories behind the album and... Read more

Kendrick Lamar – Live From New York (Review)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=LdhQyL6m74U Kendrick Lamar just BLEW UP New York's legendary SOB's venue. The crowd was as live as any crowd I've ever seen there (and I've seen a few...). I also don't recall any artist from the West Coast getting more love there than what Kendrick received tonight. The audience knew... Read more

J. Cole – Cole World: The Complex Review

Here's a pretty dope track-by-track review of J. Cole's Cole World:  The Sideline Story by Complex, particularly given that they weren't allowed to name song titles or quote lyrics.  The intro to the article is below and you can read the whole thing here. Here's the intro: After releasing several... Read more

“Ghostface Killah” – Watch the Throne Review

You've had your time to marinate on Watch the Throne. Now check out this review of the album in the voice of "Ghostface Killah."  Hate it or love it, you probably have never read a review quite like this before. Also, if you missed it, check out the video to... Read more

It looks like Watch the Throne will actually drop before the end of the Summer.

Jay-Z  had a listening session for the album last night.  Complex has posted a compilation of the reviews.  You can check out the articles and a summary below. From Complex: Our very own Editor-In-Chief, Noah Callahan-Bever—who was there as a portion of the album was created—took to Twitter and tweeted... Read more