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Kendrick Lamar’s ‘i': Universal Truth for Turbulent Times

I think I’m just going to call Kendrick Lamar the new Nas or Talib Kweli.  Our modern rapper for the people. His inspirational track “i” came out a few months ago, and it brings a timely solution to the social unrest in America today. With the recent Ferguson shootings, and the Eric Garner choking, the lyricist just keeps repeating the hook, “I love myself,” to a sick “That Lady” Isley […]

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Kendrick Lamar Freestyles Over Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’

Taylor Swift is not the only star who can “Shake It Off”. T-Sweezy fans and hip-hop fans alike will rejoice to know that Kendrick Lamar covered Taylor’s song with his own swingin’ freestyle. And what’s even better? Taylor clapped back. First Kendrick stopped by K104′s “Dede In The Morning Show” in Dallas to express his two thumbs up for Taylor’s hit. They heard him say on a previous radio show, […]

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T.D. Jakes vs. Jeezy and Kendrick Lamar

Well, here’s an unlikely rap battle beef. Megachurch leader and televangelist T.D. Jakes, 57, is threatening to sue mega rappers Kendrick Lamar, 27, and Young Jeezy, 37, over the unauthorized sampling of his sermon in Jeezy’s remixed song, “Holy Ghost (Remix).” The duo allegedly sampled Minister Jake’s sermon, “Don’t Let the Chatter Stop You” without his express authorization. A post on the Facebook page of Jakes’ Dallas-based ministry spells it […]

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Four Hip-Hop/Rap Albums To Watch For in 2014

A fresh new year upon us means the arrival of exciting new music. 2013 was a great year for the hip-hop/rap genre with a slew of chart topping hit albums, including Jay Z’s Magna Carta, J. Cole’s Born Sinner and Kanye West’s Yeezus. So far, 2014 looks to be just as promising. Here are four upcoming hip-hop albums I think should be on your radar this year.    Pharrell, untitled […]

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Kendrick Lamar Turbocharges Hip-Hop With One Verse (Editorial)

In case you hadn’t heard, Kendrick Lamar has proclaimed himself rap music’s monarch while providing a hit list of peers he seeks to either subjugate or eliminate. It all happened when the TDE/Aftermath/Interscope rapper let his thoughts loose over a Big Sean track called “Control” released earlier this week. Needless to say, Kendrick simply obliterated Big Sean and Jay Electronica, who had the unfortunate distinction of also appearing on the […]


Top Five Picks for 2012’s Best Rap/Hip Hop Album

As I sit in front of my home computer eating an oversized bag of popcorn, I can’t help but look through my iTunes playlist. It’s packed with 2012’s most outstanding rap/hip-hop albums. Is that the only genre of music I listen to? Not at all–but it seems like the only genre I get the most enjoyment out of nowadays. This year has been really kind to my ears. This year […]

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Hood Harmonies: 2012’s 10 Best Rap/Hip-Hop and R&B Collaborations

Method Man and Mary J. Blige seem to have perfected the rap/hip-hop and R&B synergy better than most. It seems everyone and their mother has heard “I’ll Be There For You/You’re All I Need To Get By” at least once in their lifetime. True rap/hip-hop and R&B heads look back on this song fondly, and the newer generation is just becoming familiar with the song’s brilliance. In 2012, the dopest […]


The Black Album (or, Goodbye For Now)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Regretfully, we are saying “goodbye for now” to Shane Danaher, who has been our correspondent in the hip-hop category almost since MIMO began. We’re grateful for his contributions to this site, and we wish him well in his new adventure.–Jeff McQ *** Though I’d like to say that I’m moving to Thailand for reasons far sexier (say, to escape a life of counterfeit microwave sales), I’m in fact […]


Weekly Mixtape: The Week’s Best Tracks (Edition 10.27.12)

Welcome to your Weekly Mixtape October 27, 2012. Kendrick Lamar, “Backseat Freestyle” Joining a chorus composed of just about every other human being with ears, I took to the Internets earlier this week to load some praise onto Kendrick Lamar’s sophomore album, good kid, m.A.A.d. city. One of that album’s salient qualities that escaped mention in my earlier ramblings was how consistently it scores by avoiding the easy, cheap and […]


Kendrick Lamar, “good kid, m.A.A.d. city” – Album review

Interscope/Aftermath Entertainment/Top Dawg Entertainment (2012)

There’s a temptation to lump Kendrick Lamar in with the cabal of internet-famous MCs whose talent at crafting verses remains far outstripped by their talent at commanding a media cycle. The astounding quality of good kid, m.A.A.d. city, Lamar’s sophomore LP, not only establishes him as an outlier from this group, but also suggests that his artistic talent places him in another league entirely. A Compton-based rapper and a member […]


Weekly Mixtape: The Week’s Best Tracks (Edition 10.20.12)

Welcome to your Weekly Mixtape October 20, 2012.   A$AP Rocky ft. Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar, “F**kin Problem” This entry to the canon of collaborative promotional singles brings to the table a perfect mixture of star power, malleability and broader-than-hell themes. You have the aggressive, “back-off” attitude of the whole enterprise, combined with a beat that will kindly step aside and allow A$AP Rocky and Kendrick Lamar to […]