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Rap Bracket: The Long-Awaited Championship [VOTE NOW!]

The votes have been tallied, and I’ve finally logged back onto WordPress to finish the greatest hip-hop tournament of all-time. The final features T.I., the representative from the South region, and Jay-Z, the representative from the East region. The “ATL” star took down The Game in a close semi-final matchup, while Hova squeaked by Eminem. … Continue reading

“The Rap Bracket” Final 4: Vote Now!

We’re finally through regional play, and four champions have emerged: T.I. from the South (over B.o.B.), Game from the West (over Tyler, The Creator), Eminem from the Midwest (over Kanye West) and Jay-Z from the East (over Nas). The voting will be different during this round; you will be able to vote as many times … Continue reading

2012 Rap Bracket: Elite Eight

We’re about halfway through the 2012 Rap Bracket, and 24 hip-hop stars have already been eliminated. Only eight remain: T.I. and B.o.B. from the South, The Game and Tyler, the Creator from the West, Jay-Z and Nas from the East, and Eminem and Kanye West in the Midwest. Upsets abounded in the last round. No. … Continue reading

The Rap Bracket: Sweet 16

The round of 32 is over in “The Rap Bracket,” and there were a couple major upsets. In the East region, No. 7 seed Nas took down No. 2 seed Drake. While voters were probably more focused on Nas’ career accomplishments and not on current relevance, the upset was not as egregious as No. 6 … Continue reading

March Madness: The 2012 Rap Bracket

It’s that time of year again. Every John Q is exiting his cubicle to head to the bar and watch the first round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament with his buddies. The nation is in near-shutdown mode while our favorite annual sports fever—”March Madness”—is allowed to permeate our brains and make us so dependent … Continue reading

Best Songs of 2011: 31-40

40. “Discoverer” R.E.M.   Released March 7 on Collapse Into Now // In 2011, we saw R.E.M. throw in the towel after a 31-year career. I reminisced about their legacy and last single back in mid-October, but this song was their freshest of the year. In my mind, it was one of the only comprehensible tracks on … Continue reading

Jay-Z and Kanye West Are Coming To An Arena Near You

Two of hip-hop’s biggest stars will be touring the country together this fall in what will surely be one of the biggest rap spectacles in the past decade. Jay-Z and Kanye West, whose collaborative album Watch the Throne will be available online August 8, will hit the road on September 22 in Detroit for a … Continue reading

My 150 Favorite Albums of All-Time

Of everything that has changed or disappeared on the music landscape in the past 20 years, perhaps nothing has been so altered as the album. Gone are the days of platinum hits every other week. Gone are the mass trips to record stores to pick up the new compact discs. Gone are the times when … Continue reading

Song of the Day: “Renegades (feat. Jay-Z)” – Bad Meets Evil

Any established rap head out there knows about the original version of the new song “Renegades” off of the recently released Bad Meets Evil mixtape. Jay-Z’s classic album The Blueprint had only one featured rapper on it: Eminem. They did the song “Renegade”, which is considered a near-classic in most hip-hop circles. Nearly 10 years … Continue reading

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