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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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How Doug E. Fresh Is Changing Lives with ‘Hip Hop Public Health’

Whether we’re waking up in the morning, going to the gym, or trying to brush off our anxieties, we all utilize music for motivation. Thanks to founders like Doug E. Fresh, Olajide Williams, and Easy A.D Harris, that outlet is now

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New National Geographic Documentary Explores The History of Grillz

A great man once said, “The whole top diamond and the bottom row’s gold”–that was Jermaine Dupri, by the way. Whether the infamous Nelly anthem was your reason for purchasing your first pair of grillz or if you were the kid who

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Happy Birthday To A Genius, Tyler, The Creator!

From working at Starbucks and rapping within the realms of Myspace and Tumblr with Odd Future, to being in charge of his own Golf fashion line/media, running Camp Flognaw, and smelling like Chanel, Tyler, The Creator might one of the most innovative

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Joey Bada$$ Announces the Release Date of His Upcoming Album

Back in January, Joey Bada$$ appeared on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show to talk about the moves that would be taking place this year for members of Pro Era. Among announcing the news that Kirk Knight and Nyck Caution would

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School Girl Crush: Will Smith

When it comes to Will Smith, you can’t associate him with just one thing. He could spit without profanity along with his right hand man, DJ Jazzy Jeff, act his a** off, dance,  and be fine while doing it all.  From songs

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The Get Down Is Back for Season 2

If you weren’t binge watching The Get Down on Netflix with the rest of us back in August then you got to do better. With the help  of multiple contributors  including icons like Nas and Grandmaster Flash (who is responsible for making DJ’ing

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Why Complex’s ‘Hot Ones’ Web Series is One of the Greatest Things on the Internet

If you’re a Complex head like most of us, you probably enjoy a range of channels like Complex Hustle—for tips on being knowledgeable to the game of business–  to Complex Sneaker Shopping—to checkout the best sneaker boutiques–and Complex First We Feast’s, Hot Ones, for the raw,

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Calvin Harris Teases New Offset and Frank Ocean Collaboration

If you have been watching Scottish DJ Calvin  Harris‘s snapchats for the past month, you know that he has been working hard on his fifth album and currently cannot stop teasing us about a certain collaboration that includes some special people. As of

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Afro Punk Announces New Location

Every year, there are yearly festivals that are essential enough to our lives to attend and that we can just never say no to. There’s Piitchfork, SXSW, Coachella, Hangout Fest,Bonnaroo,Essence, Lollapalooza, Made In America, and THEN there’s Afro Punk. Recently

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Future Teams Up With Maroon 5 For New Single “Cold”

Every now and then, Maroon  5 pops out with an unexpected collaboration, and we’re always here for it. Late last year, Maroon 5 joined TDE’s Kendrick Lamar and now they’re keeping things on the unexpected side with a new track featuring Freebandz’s  Future. Then

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Vashtie, Bobby Hundreds and Jeff Staples Have Streetwear Talk via Complex

Recently Complex debuted their  sixth episode of Complex Conversations series called the   “Thread Trajectory: Future of Streetwear,” that took place at the first annual ComplexCon  in which aw panel was held that featured some of the best faces to talk about the subject including

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Sneak Preview of Yeezy Season 4 Features Playboi Carti, Teyana Taylor & More

Last year, icon, rapper and fashion designer, Kanye West, gave us not only the The Life of Pablo, but Yeezy Season 2 and 3–where we witnessed Naomi Campbell, Lil Yachty, and many more surprising faces.  With fashion season here, we’re aren’t too far from witnessing his

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D.R.A.M. Drops Adorable Video For “Cute”

Last October, VA’s D.R.A.M delivered us his Big Baby Dram album which included a number of singles that we had no other choice but to place on repeat. One of the singles that we were all probably guilty of playing at

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Supreme Teases Us With Customized Metrocard For Upcoming Spring/Summer Collection

Now that we’re in mid-February, there are many great things in the air. There’s New York Fashion Week (NYFW),Valentines Day, and also new things to expect from Supreme. The forever-winning brand shot a teaser for their upcoming 2017 Spring/Summer collection which showcases

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Denzel Curry Drops “This Life” Visual

It’s no question that Denzel Curry had a great year last year from becoming a  XXL Freshman to having his song “Ultimate” featured in an Adidas commercial, to releasing his highly played album Imperial. Off the album, his single “This

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SZA Previews Music From Her New Album CTRL in “Where The Hell Have You Been” Video

  Last month, TDE‘s first lady SZA graced us with the release of  “Drew Barrymore” and even gave us a sneak peak of her song “Love Galore” with Travis Scott. We were all amped up just because we all felt like

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Woman Crushin’ It Wednesday: Serena Williams

Serena Williams has been our crush on and off the court since the late 90s. This Compton gem not only is one of the best athletes of all time but she’s a fashion designer, an Olympian, and is all about motivating other

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Kirk Knight Drops His Instrumental Album”Black Noise”

When it comes to Pro Era, everyone has their strength. One person that stands out in the collective is Kirk Knight, who not only can demonstrate his lyrical talent on the mic but can also produce wavy material with ease. If

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Here’s to Killa Cam’ron the Fashion Killa

Whether it be his music from the Dipset era, pink furs, or his legendary roll in Paid In Full, you can’t ignore Cam’ron‘s influence. Harlem’s “Killa Cam” was apart of legendary east coast collective rap groups like Children of The

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Sampha’s New Album, ‘Process’, Is Here

If you’re a Sampha fan, you’re probably having a great day. The UK singer-songwriter has been giving us gems for awhile now with songs like”Something Goes Right” featuring SBTRKT ,”Happens,” “Too Much” featuring Drake, and as of recently, lent his voice for tracks with Frank

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The VLONE x Nike Air Force 1 Collaboration Is Set to Release Next Week

If you’ve been paying attention to A$AP Bari, the whole VLONE movement, or visited last year’s Complexcon, you’re probably familiar with the infamous VLONE Nike Air Force 1. We’ve seen numerous pictures of Bari rocking the kicks, and yet, we never heard about their release,

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Divine Council Share New Song and Video For “Dirtbags in Distress” via Noisey

What do you get when you mix Chicago influences with Richmond, Virginia? Gems. The Chicago and Richmond, Virginia based group Divine Council have been making some serious moves lately. From getting signed by L.A Reid at Epic Records, dropping their

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Celebrating The Man of Many Talents: Happy Birthday Justin Timberlake!

35 years ago, the world was fortunate enough to be graced with a star named Justin Timberlake. Whether you grew up in the *NSYNC era, or became acquainted with the JT that gave us hits like “Rock Your Body”, “SexyBack” and

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