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The Herstory of Women in Rock N’ Roll, Vol. 2

By the time the ’70s arrived, rock’s dynamic women carried the tools created by its pioneers and utilized them to mold and shape various eclectic sounds of rebellion, mystique, glamour, angst, revenge, independence, love and power. The genre began its

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‘All Hail The Queen’: 5 Ways Queen Latifah Continues To Inspire Women

Whether suited up in her Queen attire, acting out the life of a 20-something-year-old or doing a campaign for Covergirl, Queen Latifah has always been an icon. Although she puts on for the urban culture, she specifically puts on for

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Throw It Back: “Barracuda” By Heart

Was there ever a song that described an antagonist like Heart’s “Barracuda”? With lyrics jabbing at the lowest of the low and most conniving–a snake in the grass, ready to attack–I don’t think so. There’s a legend behind the song’s

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The Herstory of Women in Rock N’ Roll, Vol 1.

I remember the first time I heard it–ignorant yet common sentiments centered around my undying love of rock n’ roll.  There was always the introductory gasp and furrowed brow which went along with, “But you’re a girl…a black girl. ”

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New “Rush” Visual Takes You Inside Starrah’s Hyper 3-D Universe

In less than a year, singer/songwriter Starrah has become the main architect of a new sound shaping pop music. Her golden pen has quickly made her the most in-demand artist crafting hooks for the iconic voices of our generation, her

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Syd, Matt & Steve: The Internet’s Solo Projects In Review

We’re only in the third month of 2017 and we’ve been blessed with some amazing music. We’ve gotten two drops from Future, a new album from Migos, Sampha came back to give us an album and R&B princess, Kehlani, dropped

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Rick Rubin Has Created Masterpieces In Music For Virtually Every Genre Imaginable

For nearly 4 decades, Rick Rubin has contributed to the generation of some of music’s most noteworthy records. While many producers stick to a specific sound, Rubin has crossed music boundaries, creating masterpieces of sound for virtually every genre imaginable.

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A Beginner’s Guide For Today’s Top Podcasts

With streaming services having a major advantage over music these days, radio has also become less listened to. Radio listeners have declined so much, even our cherished local radio stations are resorting to streaming services like iHeartRadio in an attempt

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Up and Coming Artist NESTA Drops Smooth New Track “I’m Not Cool”

If you’re not familiar with the breath of fresh air known as Nesta, let this be your proper introduction. Born in Jamaica, Queens to Jamaican parents, Nesta (formerly known as Zan) grew up with Rastafarian influences, that can be heard

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If You Don’t Know, Now You Know: Amanda Seales, Thundercat, Dave Chappelle, MadeinTYO & More

1. Thundercat brings out Dave Chappelle, Flying Lotus and Robert Glasper during NYC show. Grammy-award winning musician Thundercat performed at Irving Plaza in New York City last night to celebrate the release of his new album Drunk. The sold out

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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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Khalid Opens His Heart On Debut LP ‘American Teen’

Young, adorned breakout artist, Khalid, has finally dropped his highly anticipated LP, American Teen. The El Paso’s native’s croons on his breakout single “Location” helped solidify his stance as the apostle for millennial teens and brought in fans of all

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#FLASHBACK to Lil’ Flip’s “Sunshine” feat. Lea

This 2004 hit was one of the biggest songs of not only that summer, but that year. Lil’ Flip reached No. 2 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip Hop songs, No. 1 Rap songs and No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 due

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Woman Crushin’ It Wednesday: Melina Matsoukas

Melina Matsoukas: the creative, stylish, and talented director behind some of Hollywood’s most critically acclaimed music videos and television shows is our pick for this week’s Woman Crushin’ It Wednesday. With HBO’s Insecure currently in the writing the stage of

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Remy Ma vs. Nicki Minaj Is Exactly What Hip-Hop Needs Right Now

In the days of “mumble rap” and “Twitter fingers,” hip-hop shares the likeness of an amateur at the balance beam– unstable and unsure of its next step. This past week, however, hip-hop purists and others alike were treated to not

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Future Drops Another Album: HNDRXX

As if 1 Future album wasn’t enough, the trap icon released yet another 17 track album titled HNDRXX, just a week after the release of FUTURE. It’s safe to say that man has been working. We are familiar with his frequent

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DJ Premier Taps Miguel For Funky New Single “2 Lovin U”

It’s been nearly two years since Miguel’s Wildheart came and went off of our radar. Since then, the songwriter has gone on to bless us with SoundCloud loosies and a rolodex of bold features. Fortunately for fans, however, Miguel is revisiting

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J. Cole Reveals ‘4 Your Eyez Only’ Tour Dates

Last October, hip-hop fans everywhere collectively sighed in disbelief after J. Cole announced his performance at The Meadows Festival would be his “last show, for a very long time.” Thankfully, the Fayetteville rapper was only bluffing. In support of his

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Little Simz x Phony Ppl Vibe for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert

NPR has been releasing some dope Tiny Desk Concerts lately. So far we’ve seen BADBADNOTGOOD and Run The Jewels absolutely kill their sets. Next up on the roster is experimental UK lyricist, Little Simz. Despite her really coy and smiley demeanor,

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THEY. Drops Soulful New Single “Silence”

In anticipation of their debut album Nü Religion: Hyena, available February 24th, the Los Angeles based duo, THEY., releases a melodic r&b track reflective of their characteristically eclectic and soulful style.   With the release of their first EP,  Nü Religion, in 2015,  THEY.

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The Official Breakdown of Donald Glover’s Wins Since the Premiere of ‘Atlanta’

When we think of someone who’s on fire in the entertainment industry right now, we must think about the esteemed, Donald Glover. Since the debut of his show ‘Atlanta’, there has been an overflow of success going into Glover’s direction.

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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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Watch Future Stunt in New “Super Trapper” Video

x https://youtu.be/P1J1mby_5Dg Future’s latest self-titled album that features standout songs like “Draco,” “Mask Off,” and “Feds Did a Sweep” came as a surprise release last week. Though it’s his fifth studio album, Future is always working on new music. Remember,

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School Girl Crush: Kurt Cobain

Today, not only do we celebrate a legend’s 50th birthday, but we also celebrate how Kurt Cobain effortlessly swooned the ladies. Kurt Cobain was a rebel to society, being an advocate of many things. Through his late ’80s founded band, Nirvana,

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Big Sean, Ellen, Migos and More Make Education Lit Again

Last month, second grade teacher Michael Bonner appeared on The Ellen Degeneres Show when his hip hop record “Who, What, When, Where, How, Song” took off online. The hip hop pedagogy song inspired Ellen to help the students and interview

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A Good Girl Gone Bad: Happy Birthday, Rihanna!

Happy Birthday to our favorite pop and R&B princess, Rihanna! Unapologetically kicking off the Pisces season is our adored icon we look to for style, our next potential twerk or love song–and maybe even the next best way to throw shade.

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Soulquarius Sets New Standard To Prove R&B Is Alive & Well

When the Soulquarius line up was revealed months ago, R&B fans from all generations went into a frenzy to prepare for “an R&B Jam” that would soon become a night of fun, soulful love ballads and 90’s hip hop classics.

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Flume Releases New Track “Enough” Featuring Pusha T

King Push has teamed up with Australian producer Flume to deliver the track, “Enough.” As part of Flume’s upcoming EP, the follow-up to 2016′s Skins, the track contains the flavor of the G.O.O.D Music President’s signature flow. Flume’s forthcoming project, Skin

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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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Kendrick Lamar & Schoolboy Q Score Their First Platinum Solo Singles

Congratulations are in order for TDE’s Kendrick Lamar and ScHoolboy Q. The TDE label mates have earned their first solo certified platinum singles for “Alright”and “Studio,” respectively. As two of hip-hop’s most promising stars, it’s a bit surprising that K.

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Migos Dish On Their Favorite Eats, Time Travel & Their Versace Habit

How did Vogue manage to keep up with the runaway success that is Migos? Hop in a sprinter van and ask the biggest rap group in the world a succession of “rapper-fire” questions, of course. In the midst of NYFW

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Flashback: Our Favorite Songs from ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’

Lauryn Hill‘s 1998 debut album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill will forever go down in music history. As she courageously opened her heart, mind, and soul, Lauryn told the story of her life through the raw and honest songs in

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Kodak Breaks Our “Tunnel Vision” With Controversial New Video

Amidst the current chaos within the country (and with a fresh haircut), Kodak Black drops the highly anticipated track “Tunnel Vision” alongside a controversial music video. Unlike his previous music videos, Kodak takes a political approach in visually depicting the single.

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Welcome to London O’Connor’s Unique, Yellow-Hued World

London O’Connor has beautifully constructed a visual home for his track “Nobody Hangs Out Anymore.” The song’s themes of isolation, further fleshes out the unique yellow-hued world O’Connor has been carefully building around himself. “I guess this song came from

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Jidenna’s Debut Studio Album ‘The Chief’ Is Finally Here!

After a long run with his “Classic Man” single, Jidenna’s debut album The Chief has arrived. Finally. Fans got their first taste of the project back in 2015, when Jidenna dropped its lead single “Long Live the Chief”—followed by “Chief

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Jermaine Dupri Hints At Possible Mariah Carey & Bryson Tiller Collaboration

In a recent sit-down with Rap-Up, Mimi’s long-standing collaborator and friend, Jermaine Dupri revealed what he has in store for the Grammy winning singer’s forthcoming album. From “Always Be My Baby” to “We Belong Together,” Dupri is the mastermind responsible

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Troi Irons Blazes Towards Paradise In “Today” Video

At first glance Troi Irons could easily be labeled as R&B’s newest spawn of neo-soul, but her undercurrent of rock and rebellion is completely undeniable. Born Troi Alexandria Irons in honor of the twin forces of the Ancient Greek city,

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MadeinTYO Drops the Long Awaited Video for “Skateboard P”

x https://youtu.be/A1KMrAig_hA MadeinTYO and Big Sean drop off their newest video for “Skateboard P,” a single they created to praise the almighty Pharrell Williams. “Skateboard P” can be found on MadeinTYO’s Thank You, Mr. Tokyo project that dropped back in

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The Weeknd’s “Reminder” Video Features Appearances From Drake, A$AP Rocky, Travis Scott & More

The Weeknd is celebrating his 27th birthday with a new visual in support of a track off his latest studio album, Starboy. Following up the frantic clip for LP single “Party Monster,” The Weeknd delivers a Kid Studio-directed vignette for

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