Listen To These 14 Great Rap Albums From 2015 

It's not even April yet, and it has already been an excellent year for new music. Like, shockingly excellent. Drake dropped an wonderful surprise album, while Kedrick Lamar unleashed his much-anticipated follow-up to 2012's Good Kid M.A.A.D. City. We also have the promise of new albums from Kanye, Rihanna, Ty Dolla… » 3/30/15 3:33pm Monday 3:33pm

Freedom Song: A Conversation About the State of Black Liberation Music

In the lyric pamphlet to Black Messiah, D'Angelo's third album after 14 years away from the spotlight, the soul-savant explains his reasoning behind its title and sudden release: "Some will jump to the conclusion that I am calling myself a Black Messiah," he begins. "For me the title is about all of us...It's about… » 3/25/15 5:25pm 3/25/15 5:25pm

All Eyez On Me: Kendrick Lamar's Dense, Neurotic To Pimp A Butterfly

Kendrick Lamar doesn't make anything easy. Sunday night, he briefly broke the constantly breaking internet by issuing his new album, To Pimp a Butterfly, a full week early on iTunes and multiple streaming services; by Monday afternoon, iTunes had both frantically pulled it back down and just as abruptly put it… » 3/18/15 10:37am 3/18/15 10:37am

Video: Iamsu! Talks His New Mixtape And Being Underrated

One thing you should know about Bay Area rapper Iamsu is that he loves his mom; I know this because he brought her along when he came by the Deadspin office recently. The reason he stopped by to begin with brings me to the other thing you should know about the guy otherwise known as Suzy Six Speed: He definitely reads… » 3/16/15 3:46pm 3/16/15 3:46pm

Rae Sremmurd Are Human Adderall

If you're like me, you didn't immediately get Rae Sremmurd, because you have a 401k and your hangovers are starting to get worse and you're beginning to feel the oppressiveness of your own mortality. But the pop-rap duo is great and fun—likely created by producer Mike Will Made It in a chemistry-lab-like setting, the… » 3/03/15 3:51pm 3/03/15 3:51pm

Travis Scott Is Worse Than Iggy Azalea 

Jesus Christ, the music industry won't stop trying to make this dude happen. Not only do they let him leech off actually successful and talented acts, they even deny the obvious order of things (Young Thug >>>>>>> Travis Scott, under any criteria imaginable) in promoting a new co-headlining tour as "Travis Scott and… » 2/20/15 3:56pm 2/20/15 3:56pm

T.I., What Are You Doing Here? 

In the recording studio of my mind, there are a lot of conversations about this or that half-baked track that's in need of something, and my solution is always the same: "Call T.I., he'll probably do it." And then he does a verse (in my mind), and everything is fixed. » 2/20/15 3:26pm 2/20/15 3:26pm

The Biblical Theory Of Why Fat Rappers Should Stay That Way

There's a story in the Bible about a guy named Samson, a very strong man with very long hair that had never been cut—and when it finally did get chopped off, he lost all his strength. It's the same thing with fat rappers. » 2/03/15 11:54am 2/03/15 11:54am

Watch An Unaired Ol' Dirty Bastard Interview From 1997

MTV is unearthing a bunch of old, obscure interviews with fixtures in New York hip-hop from the late '90s and posting them on Genius. First up is one from the Ol' Dirty Bastard (RIP), where he talks about his kids, his wife, and his struggles with sobriety. It's very frank and, to be honest, a little bit sad. » 1/29/15 2:18pm 1/29/15 2:18pm

Why You Should Still Care About Lil Wayne

Sorry 4 the Wait 2, Lil Wayne's mixtape-length apology for the fact that his new album, Tha Carter V, hasn't been released yet, isn't exactly a home run. It's remix-heavy and frankly, a little boring. But that doesn't mean you should stop caring about him. » 1/23/15 1:17pm 1/23/15 1:17pm

The Future Song "Peacoat" Is About Fashion And Peeing On A Girl

Atlanta rapper Future and beloved veteran producer Zaytoven just put out a great new mixtape called Beast Mode. It includes a song called "Peacoat," which is about both high fashion and watersports, because hip-hop wordplay is alive and well! » 1/22/15 1:26pm 1/22/15 1:26pm

Rae Sremmurd Have A Dumb Name And The First Great Pop Album Of 2015

So Rae Sremmurd are two yelping, early-twentysomething, pop-rapping Mississippian brothers who've earned a ton of comparisons to the '90s tween sensations Kris Kross, all of them unwelcome. Which is understandable: These guys are nearly twice as old (and ribald), determined to stick around for way longer, and… » 1/07/15 11:38am 1/07/15 11:38am

Behold The Weirdest Pop-Rap Crossover Remixes Of 2014

The year 2014, which will mercifully conclude in a matter of hours, was not very kind to rap music, or at least rap music with designs on crashing the Top 40. » 12/31/14 12:22pm 12/31/14 12:22pm

Golden State Warriors No Longer Allowed To Be In Love With The CoCo

The Golden State Warriors started a fun tradition this year, where they all sing along to O.T. Genasis's "CoCo" on the team plane after a win. Marreese Speights usually posts videos of these team-bonding moments to his Instagram page. » 12/08/14 4:16pm 12/08/14 4:16pm

Rap's Love Guru: Why Plies Is Smarter Than You Think

Plies's decade in the rap game—in which he navigated through his native Florida's underground, ascended briefly to mainstream fame via two Gold-selling albums, and has since returned to the Southern rap mixtape circuit—immediately calls to mind one word: "realness." There are the titles of his first three albums: » 12/04/14 11:18am 12/04/14 11:18am

A Chat with Dionne Osborne, the Vocal Coach Who Changed Drake's Style

Drake is the type of artist whose technical abilities make a noticeable jump with every release. When in late October he dropped three new tracks, a few members of Jezebel staff noted that Drake was sounding like a properly impressive R&B vocalist: comparing "Days In The East" to 2009's "Best I Ever Had," for example,… » 11/17/14 3:13pm 11/17/14 3:13pm

We Improved A Billy Joel Song By Replacing Him With Jay-Z

We all know that Billy Joel sucks (especially lately), but as SB Nation's Spencer Hall recently noted, there's a portion of nearly every one of his songs that's really great. (You can usually blame Joel's rock-solid rhythm section of Liberty DeVitto and Doug Stegmeyer for that.) » 11/13/14 1:30pm 11/13/14 1:30pm

Zosia Mamet's 2010 Rap Video Is Fake Bullshit [UPDATE]

Update: Like everything else in this godforsaken world, this is nothing but a crummy commercial. First, here's the tip we received a couple days ago from a "Donald Duck" at » 11/05/14 11:47am 11/05/14 11:47am

MLS's Clint Dempsey Raps Like MLS Plays Soccer (Like Shit)

This is EXCLUSIVE FOOTAGE of Clint Dempsey, American and major league soccer player, rapping at a video game's New York launch party last night. It is weird. » 9/19/14 10:39am 9/19/14 10:39am