After dropping “Huey Knew,” “Braille,” and “Threatening Nature,” Ab-Soul has revealed the official tracklist for his forthcoming album, DWTW (Do What Thou Wilt). The TDE rapper announced the album’s release earlier this week after multiple push-backs. From VIBE: “Of course it was only right that Ab-Soul  bring in some of his label mates on the record.  According to the […]

John Legend Feat. Chance the Rapper – “Penthouse Floor” John Legend taps Chance the Rapper for his soulful new single, “Penthouse Floor.” The track finds Legend delicately addressing race and society. “They see us reaching for the sky, just in order to survive,”  he sings. “I wanna get there babe, I wanna elevate/ Oh my […]

  It’s been 20 years since Gerald Maxwell  Rivera graced us with his critically acclaimed debut album, Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite. Released during neo-soul’s rise (it dropped one year after D’Angelo’s Brown Sugar and a year before Erykah Badu’s Baduizm), Urban Hang Suite poised both itself and Maxwell as pioneers of the genre, influencing soul […]

After what’s seemed like a much longer wait than usual, the XXL team revealed their picks for the coveted annual “Freshman Class” issue, and the Internet is still picking at it. The Freshman List, of course, exists to shine a spotlight on the up-and-comers who’ve been grinding like crazy in order to be recognized as the next […]

  With J.Cole and Kendrick Lamar each dropping albums that focused more on substance over commercial appeal, it got us thinking about “the good ol days” of hip-hop. You know, the days where artists would have to air out their differences over an instrumental instead of just tweeting one another back and forth. And who […]

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In her latest video from her mixtape “She Got Game,” North Carolina MC Rapsody takes a moment to thank a few friends and supporters who have helped her along the way–including’s Sr. Editor, Jerry L.Barrow. So she invited them to a small studio in Harlem to act a fool and mug for the camera […]

In 2013 Jamla MC Rapsody kept up her blistering recording pace by releasing her sixth mixtape, “She Got Game” just a year after her debut album, “The Idea Of Beautiful.” The set features Raekwon, Wale, Common, Phonte and Jay Electronica riding shotgun over beats by Denaun Porter, Khrysis, E. Jones and of course 9th Wonder. […]

Rapsody releases a new video from her “She Got Game” mixtape, “Kingship” featuring the legendary DJ Premier. The double entendres on “Kingship” come good and plenty as Rap continues her stomp through 2013.  We tried to tell y’all she was the truth and finally people are starting to listen. “Word to Preemo, I pray Chicago put […]

  In advance of the release of her latest mixtape, “She Got Game,” Rapsody has been leaving a trail of treats for fans to snack on and this latest might break their teeth. With Kendrick Lamar’s “Control” verse  bringing the discussion of lyricism to main stream rap fans,  the timing couldn’t have been better for […]

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North Carolina MC Rapsody is known for her strong lyricism and she pulls inspiration from her own life and the culture around her. In one song in particular, Rapsody takes from her youth and a special “Annie” near and dear to her heart. The track “Honda Accord Music” is specifically about Rapsody’s first car which […]

  Rapsody returns with a new video for “Non Fiction” from her debut album “The Idea Of Beautiful.” 9th Wonder puts that “Friends Of Distinction” sample through the Rubix Cube and twists up another heater and Rap does what she does best. “We the truth, none realer, too uncommon like Dilla, The Light/I shine, my rhymes come […]

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     2012 was a pretty good year as far as Hip-Hop releases were concerned. There were a great amount of excellent slept on albums that were completely overshadowed by mainstream projects this year that deserve some shine. I went back through the hundreds of albums I’ve heard over the past calendar year and picked […]