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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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The Many Accomplishments of Our Favorite Boss Rick Ross

Happy Birthday Rick Ross! When it comes to this industry, there are the temporaries and then there are the artists who use their music to open additional doors. One man in particular who’s managed to be in various avenues of businesses

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Happy Birthday to the GOAT of Gospel Kirk Franklin !

When it comes to Gospel, you think of the church, maybe even artists like Marvin Sapp, Yolanda Adams, Mary Mary, and then there is the GOAT Kirk Franklin. Known to be gracefully lit and encourage praise to the music scene, Kirk

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Happy Birthday Jam Master J, Gone But Never Forgotten

Jason William Mizell better known as Jam Master J paved the way for not only DJ’s but most importantly was responsible for breaking the hip hop scene into mainstream culture. At the age of 14, JMJ started Djing around Queens, NY

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Tupac’s Biopic Finally Has An Official Release Date

For the past year, we have been hearing rumors and bits of info here and there about the biopic “All Eyez on Me”on the legendary Tupac Shakur being in the works. Since the news circulated, actors like Adrian Arthur and

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Happy 25th Anniversary to Juice

Twenty-five years ago we were given a classic that we all love and even binge watch heavily on Netflix, “Juice”. The Ernest Dickerson film (who also collaborated with Spike Lee on “Do The Right Thing” back in 89′) not only

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A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie And Lil Bibby Drop Visual For “Proud of Me”

  A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie‘s name was all over the place last year. From singles that really grabbed our attention, like his hit single “My Shit,” to being versatile on tracks like “Timeless” (one of own personal favorites). As

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Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Another Day to Stay Woke

Today is not only a day you get to skip out on class or work for the day, but a day we celebrate the world working toward the common goal of equality. Martin Luther King Jr. who we knew as

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Happy Anniversary To An Adam Sandler Classic, ‘The Wedding Singer’

Back in 1998, Adam Sandler had hit us with another GEM featuring Drew Barrymore and even an appearance by Billy Idol in which we remember today as the Frank Coraci directed film, The Wedding Singer . From the “LOVE STINKS” anthem

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‘Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood’ is 21 Years old today

In 1996 on today’s date, the theaters were graced with one of our favorite parody classics Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood. The 90’s film that stars Shawn Wayans and Marlon Wayans

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Be Happy, It’s Mary J Blige’s Birthday

Today is the iconic  songstress Mary J. Blige’s birthday ! For the past 25  years, Mary has received 101 awards including multiple Grammys and NAACP Image awards. From hardships to success, Mary has never shied away from being a story teller

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Lupe Fiasco Pauses On Retirement To “Jump” On New Track

Before we jumped into the year of 2017, the ever evolving hip-hop brainchild  Lupe Fiasco shared with the world that he was throwing in the towel and retiring from music(shortly after it was announced that Yasiin Bey would be doing the same thing). Fortunately, Lupe

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A Complete Recap of Last Night’s Golden Globes

From the fashions to the awards to the speeches, last night’s 74th Golden Globes Awards ceremony was the place to be.  Typically this award show isn’t the most entertaining but with Jimmy Fallon hosting, epic speeches from the always relatable

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Ab-Soul Drops Visual For “Womanogamy”

Ab-Soul finally dropped off his long awaited project Do What Thou Wilt this past December and thus far we have been pleased. Because the album just dropped, we were all still marinating on tracks like “Lonely Soul” with SZA and

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