If Young Metro Don’t Trust You: Why Hip Hop Producers Shouldn’t Trust Rappers

(image credit: ryancr) If you’re one of the many people listening to Detroit rapper Big Sean’s new album I Decided., which dropped earlier this week, you’ve probably heard his hit song “Bounce Back.” The album’s lead single has become one of Sean’s biggest hits to date, currently sitting in the Top 20 on Billboard. However, not all […]

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What Happens When You Drop a “P” from “Rapper”

image credit: @KodakBlack1k And in this week’s episode of “Where are they now?”, we’ll be discussing rapper Kodak Black, best known as the guy in the photo featured above, which you’ve probably seen used in some great memes over the past year or so. However, the ever-photogenic Kodak Black’s trademark grimace has turned into a big, gold-grilled […]

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A Quick Guide to Kanye’s Annoying Week

(image credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/30827420@N04/) If you’re one of the many Americans who were shocked after Hillary Clinton spectacularly lost the presidential election to a mango, you’re not alone. Macklemore was so traumatized he made a song about it, called “Wednesday Morning”. Granted, Macklemore is a friend of President Obama and previously made “American”, a satirical song about […]

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Why Drake’s “More Life” Might Be Dangerous

On October 24th, his 30th birthday, notable gift giver and recreational ghostwriter solicitor Drake unloaded a set of new songs from his upcoming playlist project More Life, including “Fake Love“, “Sneakin’” and “Two Birds, One Stone“. Fans, hoping not to displease the rapper on his born day and risk putting him in his feelings, responded with verve. All three tracks have […]

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Pandering for the Presidency and How Hip Hop is Dumping Trump

Smoke DZA isn’t passing Trump the blunt nor the presidency (image credit: Genius) If you’re like me, when everyone was talking about the first presidential debate two weeks ago (yes, I realize since that since the first debate Trump has verbally assaulted the female population and the second debate already happened; I blame ISIS for the time delay), […]

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Writer-Shaming, Part 2: The Legal Problems of Songwriting, Sampling, and Influence

Beyoncé  and all of the writers credited on Lemonade (Image credit: thanassis79) Last week, I briefly mentioned Meek Mill’s “Wanna Know”, a contender for worst diss song of all time, in my discussion of ghostwriting. To recap, “Wanna Know”, directed at Meek’s fellow rapper/perpetual friendzone occupant Drake, makes a straightforward argument: that Drake’s use of […]

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Writer-Shaming, Part 1: The Non-Issue of Ghostwriters

Kanye performing with a bunch of faceless ghosts behind him – wow, symbolism! (image credit: Flickr) On September 14th, rapper/singer/producer/actor/apparent Renaissance Man Kid Cudi was in a storm of feelings, and, like most people who have Twitter, he let his followers know it via a Twitter rant. Although most of his tweets consisted of empty boasting […]

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