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Hip-Hop And The Grammys: It’s Complicated

On the Recording Academy’s Up-and-Down Relationship with Rap     The scent of weed wafting its way down the hall to my room from Andre3000’s neighboring after party cements the night in my mind like it was yesterday. Andre had reason to celebrate: it was 2004, and Outkast’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below had just won what is generally considered to be the top prize on “Music’s Biggest Night”—the Grammy Award for album of the year. I remember the night, and that smell of success, like it was yesterday. But it was hardly yesterday, was it? It’s the most oft-mentioned, ongoing streak of embarrassment for the Grammys, but it must be repeated annually until it’s broken: it has been fifteen years since that Outkast win, and no rap project since has reached the Grammy summit. Plenty of worthy LP’s have been nominated, but all have come up short, including exceptional  releases by Lil Wayne, Drake, Jay-Z and—three times each, Eminem, Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar. That’s fifteen years, mind you, in which hip-hop has only solidified its place as contemporary culture’s preeminent sound and style. What can you say? Fool me once…but fool me fifteen times? The 61st Grammy Awards will take …

Watch Blueface’s brand new interview with The Breakfast Club

Blueface has been in New York these past few days doing some interviews and he recently stopped by The Breakfast Club for a brand new interview and we just got blessed with the final product this morning. You will find DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamagne asking him about plenty of interesting subjects such as being from the west coast, how he started rapping, driving to high schools to perform his music on top of his car, his unique flow & style, how he connected with Wack, his football career, the music video for Thotiana, his musical influences, working with Drake, his mothers reaction to his face tattoo, dealing with criticism and so much more. Check out this awesome new conversation below!

Watch iLoveMakonnen’s New Interview With Real 92.3 LA

Fresh off the release of his new single, “Spendin”, featuring Gucci Mane, Atlanta-bred crooner iLoveMakonnen is back in the headlines today with a brand new interview alongside Real 92.3 LA. It’s been quite some time since we last received the benefits of a press run from the star artist, but thankfully, it looks as though Makonnen is going to be doing his rounds in the months to come, as the Real 92.3 LA interview arrives just weeks after Makonnen’s last interview, which you can check out here. That said, the latest live update with Makonnen runs over a plethora of topics including Drake and OVO, Soulja Boy, Lil Peep, coming out of the closet, new music, and much, much more. If you liked “Spendin“, I definitely recommend checking this one out in order to keep on track with where Makonnen is at now, so click play at the link provided below!

Watch Soulja Boy’s brand new interview with The Breakfast Club

Soulja Boy stopped by The Breakfast Club for a brand new interview a couple of days ago and it’s in the process of going viral, it’s definitely a hilarious conversation that you don’t want to miss out on. You will find Angela, Charlamagne & Envy asking Soulja Boy about plenty of subjects such as his come up, getting hated on my OG’s earlier on in his career, paving the way for the current artists, people counting him out, Tyga, Migos & Chris Brown, having the best comeback of 2018, his jewelry, his new video game, making a movie about himself, Drake, his car getting stuck in a mudslide and much more. Check out this entertaining new interview below!

Game Too Cold – [Pat App]

We have a wide variety of artists that we have been covering on this website for years, and Indiana emcee Pat App is one of them, who is back this afternoon with his brand new tune titled “Game Too Cold”. When it comes to bar for bar rapping there’s not too many that can do it as good as Pat App, and judging from the way he tore apart this instrumental handled by Drake Connor it doesn’t look at like slowing down. Listen to this brand new song below and if you like it be sure to give him a follow on Soundcloud here!

Watch Meek Mill’s brand new interview with BigBoyTV

Meek Mill is in serious consideration for album of the year for many people this year, he had plenty of things to speak about so he linked up Big Boy so they can discuss everything that has been going on in his life. He spoke about everything such as his brand new album, how he thought of the cover, ending the beef with Drake, his thoughts on the 6ix9ine situation, prison reform, teaching people through his music, social media, his childhood, some of the people he met in prison, speaking to Kanye West, being a leader in the community, his upcoming tour, performing on Jimmy Fallon and much more. Check out this brand new interview below!

Championships – [Meek Mill]

The wait is over. Meek Mill’s highly anticipated fourth studio album Championships is here. Meek’s gone through hell within the past couple of years, as his image and brand took a hit with his beef with Drake and with him being wrongfully incarcerated. However, now it seems as if the Philadelphia emcee is winning and trending back in the right direction. On top of that, outside of music, Meek has been an active voice for criminal justice reform. If I were to summarize Championships, I’d say this is Meek’s success story. The 19-track project has a wide array of topics being discussed and while, yes, he talks about flexing, Meek also dives into personal growth, prison parallels, and social injustices across America. The project doesn’t lack star power from its feature list as well with Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Future, Cardi B, Kodak Black and even a surprise Drake verse showing up on Championships. Some of the early standout tracks include “What’s Free”, “Intro”, and “Respect the Game”, in my opinion. Hopefully, this album is well received, and Meek Mill continues to push the envelop artistically and to continue to use his platform outside of music to spark change. Stream Meek Mill’s …

Watch Meek Mill’s brand new interview interview with Power 106 LA

Meek Mill has been having a fantastic year in 2018 and he had a ton of material to speak, so he stopped by Power 106 LA for an awesome new interview! You will find them speaking about plenty of interesting topics such as some of his favorite past shows, the viral clip of him slipping from a few years back, spending time with his family, his cooking skills, his upcoming tour & his upcoming album that drops on Friday, the direction of his album, going to the studio everyday, performing on stage with Drake recently, being locked up for 23 hours a day at one point, Tekashi, advice for upcoming artists, all of the support he received, Philadelphia rap and much more. Check out this awesome new conversation below!

Watch Lil Baby’s brand new interview with Hot 97

Lil Baby is undeniably one of the hottest new artists in the entire music community right now, so it’s only right that he stopped by Hot 97 for an awesome new conversation with Nessa! You will find the two of them touching on several topics such as his relationship with Drake, focusing on his new music, what he thinks about the industry, how he has only been rapping for a couple of years,  his record with Tekashi 6ix9ine, Atlanta artist supporting each other, his second child, how fatherhood has changed his life, being compared to Outkast, his top five favorite artists and so much more! Check out this new interview below.

Watch Timbaland’s brand new interview on Drink Champs

Timbaland is one of the most legendary producers to ever grace this planet, and he recently stopped by the Drink Champs show to chop it up with DJ EFN and N.O.R.E. You will find them speaking about limitless amounts of interesting subjects such as teaching the youth about music, going to the same school as Pharrell, the difference between the generations, his battle with Swizz Beatz, his relationship with Jay-Z, some of his favorite studios. Justin Timberlake, working with Drake early on in his career, Scott Storch, Missy Elliott, considering himself a country boy, Dr. Dre, Lil Wayne’s new album and much more. Check out this awesome new conversation below!