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The Remarkable Clarity of Earl Sweatshirt’s ‘SICK!’

The onetime Odd Future rapper’s new album ditches the muddied mixes and disaffected shrugs of his most recent output in favor of something still oblique, but sharper and more expressive

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Devil and the Details: The Undying Influence of Three 6 Mafia

No one was more important to unlocking the past decade of rap than a legendary Memphis group that broke up at the beginning of it

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What I Learned From Playing Golf With Kenny G

The famed saxophonist approaches his beloved game the only way he knows how: with a dedication to craft and a focus on mastering all the little things

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The Complete History of the Kings and Queens of New York Rap

In honor of Ringer Films’ new documentary ‘DMX: Don’t Try to Understand,’ we’re tracing the lineage of the crown of hip-hop’s mecca

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The Champ Is Still Here: The Greatness of Jadakiss, the Gravel-Voiced King of N.Y.

Last week’s Verzuz between the Lox and Dipset crystalized what’s been true for two decades: On a bar-for-bar basis, Kiss remains virtually peerless

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Looking for the Message in Nas’s ‘It Was Written’

Twenty-five years after it was widely panned at the time of its release, the Queensbridge MC’s second album is hailed as a classic. But what did the discourse at the time get right—and what did it miss?

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The Jay-Z Song Draft

Charles and Wosny Lambre are joined by Paul Thompson to discuss, debate, and draft the best Jay-Z songs in honor of the 25th anniversary of ‘Reasonable Doubt’

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The Improbable Empire: Master P’s ‘Ice Cream Man’ and the Birth of a Southern Rap Dynasty

The No Limit CEO’s first major work turns 25

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The Story of Mobb Deep’s ‘The Infamous’ at 25

In 1995, Havoc and Prodigy were trying to rebound from their disappointing debut album. They went into the studio and came out with a project that not only redefined their careers, it breathed life into the borough they called home.

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The High-Art Designs of Westside Gunn

The Griselda member’s new LP, ‘Pray for Paris,’ is the culmination of many things, from Griselda’s brand of luxurious street rap, to Jay-Z’s and Eminem’s star-making machines, to the postmodern hip-hop that dominated the underground in the past decade