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Listen to Buddy’s “That Much”

It’s no secret that Compton’s very own Buddy has been on a constant grind as of lately. Before the rapper got into music, Buddy was pretty active in the acting scene starting at the age of seven starring in musicals as well as plays.

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Here’s Why the Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival line-up has us Shook

Every year, we have festivals that include various acts from hip hop, to rock, to R&B within their lineup,  but the Camp Flog Gnaw carnival is one event that stands out annually. Here’s why: The carnival concept that includes various genres

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SZA’s “Supermodel” Video is a Must Watch

Last week, TDE‘s first lady SZA released the visual for the first track on her CTRL  entitled “Supermodel”.  The Nabil directed visual starts out with her singing to herself in the mirror while her ex is laughing at her.  As

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Ski Mask The Slump God’s “Catch Me Outside” is a GO

If  you’ve been active between SoundCloud and Twitter, you’re probably familiar with rapper Ski Mask The Slump God. The rapper has been responsible for highly played mixtapes like Drown In Designer, Very Rare Lost Files, Slaps for My Drop Top

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It’s a show that’s real as it is funny, “That’s The Gag” by Keke Palmer

When it comes to Keke Palmer, she’s not only a fabulous actor, singer, and author but she is the very person that had everyone (from your hairstylist to your best friend) saying “BUT THE GAG IS..” every time there is tea that needs to be

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Bringing “Tell these black kids they can be who they are” to Life: Tyler The Creator on changing the narrative of cartoons

  Recently Tyler The Creator [who needs no introduction] has been full of gems lately. From releasing his album Flower Boy to making a statement that needed to be heard all around. Recently Tyler made an appearance at Comic Con and was

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Producers in 2017: How are they being appreciated?

These days, it’s just as essential to know the producer behind the beat as it is to know the artist spitting the verses. From grinding in Atlanta to becoming a Grammy Award winning producer, Zaytoven might be one of the most influential

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Vic Mensa releases debut album “The Autobiography”

  Last night at midnight, rapper Vic Mensa released his debut album (as promised) entitled "The Autobiography ".  To bring in the album on a good note, what better way to celebrate than to throw a party ? Following Vic's time announcement for the project, Vic

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Being a woman in a male-dominated fashion industry: Let’s change the narrative

While I attended the Agenda Festival in Long Beach, I go to catch up with three woman that embody girl power in this male dominated fashion industry. Two of these women belong to an organization called Girl Mob based out

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Streetwear Saves Lives: Agenda Festival Edition

  Streetwear saved my life because streetwear is my life – Freddie Rojas of Rojas Clothing As I navigated my way through Agenda Festival in Long Beach, California this past weekend, there was so much to take away from amongst the

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Vic Mensa announces new album and how you can listen to it early

Last month, Chicago MC Vic Mensa released a four track capsule entitled Manuscript produced by Pharrell and Mike Dean that would give us a slight introduction into what to expect from him this summer. Being that his capsule consists of

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Vince Staples’ Big Fish Theory Album: Review

Back in April, Vince sat down with Complex to express that his upcoming album would serve a “being larger than life in a smaller world” perspective as he unravels his way through the industry. Recently rapper from the “norfside” Vince Staples released his

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“The Story of OJ” is one of the best songs on Jay-z’s 4:44 Album

  The best part about summer is that there is always new music releasing almost week by week from different artists. This summer in particular has been one of the best summers for music especially because a legend (an icon,

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An ironic narrative of Cant Stop Wont Stop : Diddy and designer of the Bad Boy Jacket, Michael Roxx

  Recently, Sean Combs better known as “P.Diddy”(curated by The Notorious B.I.G himself) debuted his Cant Stop Wont Stop documentary film on Apple Music that has everyone talking everything into existence and  feeling deeply inspired. The film who’s production ranged from Diddy to

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The ultimate IKEA collab: An internet love story for the culture

Back in April, everyone  including the world of social media caught wave of Balenciaga‘s latest leather bag priced over $2,000 that strikingly resembled the $0.99 blue bag sold through IKEA. As a joke the internet took it in their own hands to create their

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Stylists: The Game Changers of the Industry

  When it comes to the industry, fashion is one of those things that can either make you shine or place you in a shadow. Now of course we would love our stars for their talent but when you add

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FLASHBACK: ‘The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill’

You cannot mention Hip-Hop without mentioning Ms. Lauryn Hill. We were first introduced to the songstress and MC back in the 90s when she was apart of the legendary group The Fugees. The rap group put out their first album Blunted on Reality in 1994.

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If You Don’t Know, Now You Know: Drake, Reebok, NBA Finals & More

1. Reebok has been on a constant move lately bringing the style, culture, and authenticity of artists to the surface from Kung-fu Kenny [Kendrick Lamar] to Teyana Taylor. This past Friday,the classic sneaker brand teamed up with Los Angeles based designer

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Cinematic Hip-Hop By Way Of Busta Rhymes

From his threads to defining what it meant to implement fun into his art, Busta Rhymes is the true show and tell of hip hop. Born in Brooklyn, NY and named by Chuck D after the NFL player George “Buster” Rhymes, it

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Raphael Saadiq: Singer, Songwriter, and Innovator

  From leading the multi-platinum R&B group Tony! Toni! Toné to working side by side with the likes of Erykah Badu, D’Angelo, John Legend, and Mary J. Blige, everyday should be a celebration of Raphael Saadiq. The very active R&B icon and producer

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Isn’t He Wonderful: Happy Birthday Stevie Wonder!

Put a ribbon in the sky today for Stevie Wonder! Mr. Wonderful himself has been building his legacy for over 50 years in the entertainment industry. Stevie made his debut with Motown Records as a musician in 1960 and has since

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Behind The Scenes of the 1992 Classic Film ‘Juice’

Even though we will always associate the 90’s film Juice as being a classic, there was much untold that went down behind the scenes in order to really make the film happen. The film was originally rejected in 1984 when

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The Evolution and Arrival of Sza

Long before fame arrived in 2013, Jersey princess, Salona a.k.a SZA, was just a girl attending college to become a marine biologist while working as a Sephora consultant and a bartender. Even though singing was never apart of this initial plan, it would

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23 Years Later: Remembering Outkast’s ‘Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik’

Back in the ’90s, rappers were recognized by the coast. The west side had rappers like Ice Cube, Dr.Dre, Spice 1, and Warren G. The east coast had The Notorious B.I.G, Big Daddy Kane, and Public Enemy. Even though greatness

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Complex’s ‘Don’t Believe The Hype’ Examines ‘Damn’ and ‘More Life’

Last month, the “Champagne Papi” commonly known as Drake gave us More Life which consisted of 23 tracks ranging with features from Kanye, Young Thug, Sampha and Jorgia Smith. Once it dropped, it was the topic of conversation for the Patwa, the variety he

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Vince Staples Covers Complex and Talks Second Album ‘Big Fish Theory’

Last year the lyrically devastating rapper from the “norfside,” Vince Staples, delivered his Prima Donna LP. Prima Donna was a follow up to his impressive debut album, Summertime 06′. He has features like Kilo Kish — who he just wrapped up his Life Aquatic Tour with–,

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This 7-Year-Old Prodigy Is Hosting Pop Art Shows Across America

Dallas’ 7-year-old Giana has been taking over the cities of America in a very major way. Giana–who loves KAWS-– is no average kid filling in her coloring book, she is a young lady making legendary moves and can be found

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An Internet Addiction For The Culture: ‘The Show By Round Two’

Whether you’re a long time collector of dead-stock Jordans, a person that values the essence of style or simply have a passion for trading, The Show By Round Two is the best entertainment we’ve seen in a while. Back in 2013, Virginia Commonwealth

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Nas Premieres New Song “Angel Dust” On ‘The Get Down’

The binge-worthy hip-hop series,  The Get Down, premiered–back and better–on Netflix with its second season. One of the highlights of its return being treated with Nas, the rap legend’s new material. In episode three, “One by One, Into the Dark,” the story opens up

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Coachella Is Offering Inclusion With Free Streaming Via YouTube

Each year, over 200,000 people purchase a ticket to attend the infamous festival of Coachella. At this point in time, the culturally-driven event–that rakes in over $80 million dollars and breaks annual attendance records–will be accompanied by artists like Kendrick Lamar,

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Joey Bada$$ Performs “Land of the Free” on ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’

Just three days before the release of Joey Bada$$‘s second studio album All Amerikkkan Bada$$, the Flatbush MC made his first appearance on the The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. As the show came to its classic close, Joey made sure he gave

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Steve Lacy Drops New Single “Moron” 

If you’ve been following the collective of The Internet, you’ve seen them on a constant move. Not only have they been busy running their own Beats 1 show, they’ve also released solo projects. Back In February, the youngest member in the group, Steve Lacy, released his

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Who Will Be The 10th Contender For 2017’s XXL Freshman Class?

Each year, some of the best up and coming MC’s of our choosing gets to represent XXL’s Freshman Class. Fortunately, it’s that time of the year again. In 2016, XXL picked rappers Desiigner, Dave East, Denzel Curry, G Herbo, Lil Uzi Vert, Lil

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Tommy Genesis Stopped By 1AM Radio

These days, you can catch creator of 1AM Vibes, Yes Julz, promoting new artists, curating dope playlists, and chopping it up with some of our favorite artists of the times. Recently on the extended version of 1AM Vibes, #NeverNotWorking Podcast, fellow

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Lyrical Prophets with Profits: Kendrick Lamar, J.Cole, Big Sean, Chance The Rapper, & Joey Bada$$

A little over a decade ago, Nas–who needs no intro–spit a verse in his “Hip-Hop Is Dead” single, saying: “Everybody sound the same, commercialize the game, Reminiscin’ when it wasn’t all business, If it got where it started, So we all

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Goldlink’s “At What Cost” Album Review

Following the 2015 release of the mixtape, And After That, We Didn’t Talk, D.C’s Goldlink recently released his anticipated album At What Cost. If you are now just getting introduced into the world of the artist–who’s name is pimp-inspired, here’s some information

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The Definition of Girl Power: Cardi B

The girl once viewed as a humorous stripper from Vine, Instagram and reality TV is now a woman of a different platform. This prideful rise to success, by rapper Cardi B, is what we call girl power. From the beginning, we fell in

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The Father And Son Of Inspiration: DJ Khaled x Asahd

If you’ve been paying attention to social media lately, you’re aware that Asahd Khaled is the hardest working baby of all time. Born last November, we were introduced to an icon and since making his debut, he’s been the executive

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Sampha Has Us Talking Post “4422” With His Latest Tiny Desk Concert

Earlier this year, the beloved Sampha released his highly anticipated debut album, Process, following his infamous collabs with Kanye for “Saint Pablo” and Solange for “Don’t Touch My Hair.” Along with going his European tour, Sampha kept us talking with his recent track alongside Drake–who

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Travis Scott Releases His Short Film, “Birds In The Trap”

  Back in September, rapper/producer and director Travis Scott graced us with his second studio album, Birds In The Trap Sing Mcknight. The #1 album included production from people like Cashmere Cat and an array of features from Andre 3000 and

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