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Smino is hitting the road. Looking to give his NOIR project a (deserving) push, the St. Louis native will embark on The Hoopti Tour this year. [embedded content] Kicking off with a pair of shows across seas in Manchester (3/16) and London (3/19), Smino and company will venture back to the states with stops in […]

Despite a few setbacks and getting caught in the whirlwind of Meek Mill’s Championships campaign, Problem‘s S2 project was worth the wait and another quality release in the West Coaster’s growing catalog. Kicking off the near year, Problem revisits the Separation sequel with a video for the introspective track, “I’m Cool.” [embedded content]

Getty Image Smino is one of the most exciting and eccentric voices to arrive in rap in the last few years. After a strong debut with 2017’s Blkswn, the St. Louis-raised, Chicago-bred rapper doubled down this past November with the bright and jittery follow-up Noir. The album puts Smino’s vocal sinuousness on full display and […]

Track by Track is a new music feature in which we task artists with breaking down each song on their latest full-length effort Track By Track. Timing is everything to Frances Cone. Even the band’s moniker is a nod to band mastermind Christina Cone’s family’s own impeccable chronology, borrowing the name from her great-grandfather and father, […]

As Blueface‘s profile rises courtesy of a handful of high-profile co-signs, some observers have drawn a parallel to Tekashi 69 and his similar rise to notoriety. Both rappers are notoriously gang-affiliated — Blueface with a Los Angeles Crip set, Tekashi with New York Bloods — and both achieved their infamy through social media antics and […]

“Surviving R. Kelly” and its aftermath continue to shock the music world as a national discussion is taking place about the disgraced R&B singer and his alleged actions over the years. One of Kelly’s accusers who was in the Lifetime docu-series is continuing to speak about her terrifying accounts with him. Lisa Van Allen recently…

Getty Image Getty Image After 30 years in the music industry, Missy Elliott will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2019, making her the first female rapper ever to be nominated and inducted. Missy Elliott is the third rapper inducted into the Hall of Fame, following Jermaine Dupri’s induction last year and […]

Rae Sremmurd might be calling it a wrap. Slim Jxmmi posted some now deleted tweets that appear to indicate he and his brother Swae Lee are disbanding. Slim wrote on Twitter, “Y’all still got ya mans swae y’all a be skraight.” He continued, “Y’all won it’s a wrap. Not SremmLife. I’m not Rae Sremmurd. I’m slim jxmmi and ima…

Missy Elliott is a legendary rapper and has provided inspiration for countless emcees who have followed her greatness. That’s part of the reason she’s becoming the first female rapper to be inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. According to the New York Daily News, the 47-year-old is one of six new inductees, joining John…

The family of Joycelyn Savage, a girl supposedly being held against her will in R. Kelly’s alleged sex cult, is demanding that the singer provide proof that the relationship between her and him is consensual.

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