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Trouble in Texas and Drake’s Album Review

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Sad Bois Club: Dissecting Drake’s Surprise New Dance Album, ‘Honestly, Nevermind’

The biggest rapper in the world has returned with a record featuring very little rapping. Did Drake pull off his house music turn? And is the album actually bleaker than it appears?

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Why Does Everyone Hate Drake’s Dance Album?

Charles Holmes and ‘Sound Only’ cohost Justin Charity break down Drake’s surprise new album, ‘Honestly, Nevermind’

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The Drake ‘Honestly, Nevermind’ Exit Survey

A surprise drop? And it’s a dance record?! Our staff reviews Aubrey’s latest.

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The Rolling Stone Hip-hop List and the Problem With Rankings in Music

Charles and Ross Scarano discuss where Rolling Stone went wrong and why lists might do more harm than good to music

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The White Rapper Roundtable

What’s the ideal balance between being a totally clueless white rapper and being a super self-conscious white rapper?

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The White Rapper Episode

Justin and Micah discuss new albums from Jack Harlow and Post Malone before diving deeper into the discussion of white rappers and what they represent in today’s culture

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The History of Mobb Deep’s “Shook Ones,” As Explained by a Shook One

Breaking down one of the best rap songs ever by one of its best duos

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The Many Sides of Post Malone Thrive Together on ‘Twelve Carat Toothache’

The rapper’s fourth studio album walks the fine line between "this is everything wrong with popular music" and "this is pretty good for something that represents everything wrong with popular music"

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White Rapper Song Draft

In honor of Post Malone’s fourth studio album, Charles, Justin Sayles, and writer Jeff Weiss debate categories like best Eminem song, frat rap, and one-hit wonder

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Atomic Bombast: ‘Wu-Tang Forever’ and the Apex of the Most Monumental Rap Group of All Time

A quarter-century after its release, Wu-Tang’s nearly two-hour second album remains a testament to maximalism and all of the clan’s idiosyncrasies

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Reviewing ‘Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers’ and More

Micah also provides an ‘Elden Ring’ update

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Complex Savior: Kendrick Lamar and the Religion of Self

On ‘Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers,’ the Compton rapper is still a man of faith, but he’s also chosen himself

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Racist or Nah? Plus, Discussing the Spread of Monkeypox

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay are back in studio to debate whether or not a Yankees vs. White Sox dustup was sparked by racism, Gunna being denied bond, and Trump sharing a post calling for "civil war"

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The Great Replacement Theory, and an “Auntie Diaries” Conversation

Van and Rachel also discuss the latter’s "celebrity beef"

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Everything You Need to Know About ‘Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers’

The Ringer’s writers and podcasters break down the reaction to songs like "We Cry Together" and "Auntie Diaries" and review the deeply complex project from Kendrick Lamar

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Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers’ Is As Messy and Complicated As the Man Who Made It

Kendrick’s new record is a rumination on trauma, accountability, and even cancel culture, but it’s not a new direction for him—it’s who he’s always been

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Kendrick Lamar ‘Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers’ Instant Reactions

Charles and guest Logan Murdock also bring on producer Devon Renaldo to discuss the song "Auntie Diaries"

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The Kendrick Lamar ‘Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers’ Exit Survey

Kendrick Lamar has returned with his first studio album in five years. What are the standout songs of ‘Mr. Morale’? Where does it rank in his all-time discography? And does King Kendrick sit on the throne as the best rapper alive? Let’s discuss.

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The Curious Case of “Whoomp! (There It Is)”

Do you remember the competing song "Whoot, There It Is" from the same time as Tag Team’s 1993 hit? Have you ever wondered what really happened there? So did we, so we dove deep.

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Kendrick Lamar’s Return and the Indictment of Young Thug and Gunna

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay also discuss the death of controversial YouTuber Kevin Samuels and the ensuing social media reaction

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The Jack Harlow Dilemma

Charles and Rob discuss Harlow’s new album and explain why the rapper has the music industry in a frenzy

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The Jack Harlow Problem Isn’t Black or White

The Kentucky rapper and fledgling superstar is the New Person You Have to Know About. But is his new album, ‘Come Home the Kids Miss You,’ any good?

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Rebellion Behind a Paywall: On Black Star’s ‘No Fear of Time’

Yasiin Bey and Talib Kweli’s Luminary-exclusive new album comes 24 years after their classic debut. Both the where and when of its release may ultimately matter more than the music itself.

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Money, Problems, Respect: The Early Days of Biggie’s Fame

In an excerpt from the new biography ‘It Was All a Dream: Biggie and the World That Made Him,’ author Justin Tinsley explores what it was like for the Notorious B.I.G. as he adjusted to the limelight

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Overturning Roe v. Wade and Dave Chappelle’s Attack

Plus, Drake hops in a wife’s DMs and Animal Games is back

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‘I NEVER LIKED YOU’ and ‘Ranking of Kings’

Justin Charity and Micah Peters review Future’s latest album, ‘I NEVER LIKED YOU,’ and discuss the ALL-CAPS Future era, the Drake influence, and where Future stands as a legacy millennial artist

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Do Rappers Need to Grow?

Charles and Julian discuss working within the genre and what rappers could be doing to appease listeners and critics alike

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“There’s No Other Rapper I’m Competing With”: Pusha T Is Ready to Re-up

Don’t ask King Push whether he needs to change—ask him how he’s evolved. The legendary MC talks about his craft, the differences between Kanye and Pharrell, and his new album, ‘It’s Almost Dry.’

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Reality Meets Rap: The Legacy of Hip-Hop and the L.A. Riots

Thirty years ago Friday, a shocked nation watched as an uprising sprung up in the streets of Los Angeles. Perhaps it wouldn’t have been a surprise had people listened to the artists reporting from the frontlines.

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Pusha T’s ‘It’s Almost Dry.’ Plus: Best Coke Songs.

Paul Thompson joins Charles to discuss the rapper’s new album

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New Kung Fu Kenny

Justin and Micah discuss Kendrick Lamar’s upcoming album

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Why Isn’t Vince Staples a Superstar?

With the release of ‘Ramona Park Broke My Heart,’ it’s still difficult to reconcile the contrast between Vince Staples the celebrity and Vince Staples the rapper

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What’s the Future of TDE Without Kendrick?

Plus, reacting to the new Pusha T and Jay-Z collaboration

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Live From Dreamville Fest With Bas, Earthgang, and More

Plus, did J. Cole foretell a collaboration with Jordan brand in his headlining performance?