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2012 Song Draft

The ‘Ringer Music Show’ crew picks the best songs of 2012 in categories including Song of the Year and Best Music Video

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How Lauryn Hill Became Music’s Great Dual Threat

A deep dive into the Fugees, "Ex-Factor," and everything that made Ms. Hill one of the most special performers of the past three decades

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Being Proud of Not Dating Black Women, and Talking Hip-Hop With Reason

Plus, Van and Rachel talk about New York’s newest mayor drawing backlash

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The Most Anticipated Albums of 2022

From Cardi B’s sophomore album to Paramore’s first new release in almost five years, Charles and Grace make their predictions and share the artists they can’t wait to hear from this year

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Family Untied: Kendrick Lamar and TDE Ruled the 2010s. What Comes After Their Split?

The Compton MC and his label were among the most popular and influential entities in music of the past decade. But their relationship is coming to an end. So what now?

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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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‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Is Here!

Plus, a conversation with Tommy Oliver, the director of ‘Juice WRLD: Into the Abyss’

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The Hidden Rise and Very Public Fall of SoundCloud Rap

One of the most popular movements in rap last decade traces its roots more to the internet than any specific region. How did a bunch of unpolished songs uploaded to a streaming platform lead to the mainstream rise of artists like Juice WRLD and XXXTentacion?

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Where Exactly Does Rick Ross Fit in the Modern Rap Landscape?

With his 11th album, ‘Richer Than I Ever Been,’ Rozay struggles to reconcile his knack for embellishment with the sparser, darker tendencies in contemporary hip-hop

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The Ringer’s 100 Best Rap Songs of the 2010s

Which songs defined the last decade in rap? To mark the release of Ringer Films’ HBO documentary ‘Juice WRLD: Into the Abyss,’ we’re counting down the top tracks, from Drake to Future to everything in between.

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‘Arcane,’ ‘Succession’ Finale, and the Free Larry Hoover Concert

Micah and Charity also talk about the cancellation of the live adaption of ‘Cowboy Bebop’

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The Best Rap Songs of the Decade

Charles is joined by Ringer staff writer and ‘Sound Only’ cohost Justin Charity and music writer Paul Thompson to discuss the Ringer’s rankings, their personal favorites, and different subgenres that emerged throughout the decade

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The Realities of Climate Change and the Future of Roe v. Wade

Plus, Van and Rachel discuss Governor Gavin Newsom’s plans to use Texas’s restrictive abortion law as a model for an assault weapon ban, and the recent crime wave in L.A. has folks moving differently

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Jussie Smollett Found Guilty and Travis Scott Speaks on Astroworld Tragedy

Plus, Rachel and Van discuss the Department of Justice suing the state of Texas and the production woes for ‘Black Panther 2’

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“The Songs Are Like Testimony”: An Interview With Big Boi From Outkast

The ATLien discusses his new album, ‘The Big Sleepover,’ plus his pet tiger, his favorite strip club, and his bond with André 3000

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Megan Thee Stallion: ‘Fever’

Jinx and Shea are joined by the brilliantly hilarious cohosts of ‘Okay, Now Listen’ and ‘Get You a Me,’ Scottie Beam and Sylvia Obell, to discuss ‘Fever’ by the Hot Girl Coach, Megan Thee Stallion

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The Best Songs of 2021

Drake and Kanye are both here, but not for songs off their much-hyped releases. Who else made our list of the best songs of a strange year in music?

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Best Albums of 2021

Charles, Grace, Lani, and Justin discuss Tyler, the Creator, Hiatus Kaiyote, and more of their favorite projects from this year

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R-Truth on Vince McMahon, John Cena, the Rock, and his New Rap Album

Plus, R-Truth tells some amazing stories about why he first fell in love with pro wrestling, his relationships with Vince McMahon and Roman Reigns, and the impact of 2Pac on his life

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How Brooklyn, Blackness, and Lyrical Mastery Allowed Mos Def to Create One of the Most Important Albums in Hip-hop History

Jinx and Shea discuss Mos Def’s 1999 breakout solo album, ‘Black on Both Sides,’ including standout tracks like "Hip-Hop," "Umi Says," "Got," and "Ms. Fat Booty"

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Recapping ‘Cowboy Bebop’ and Remembering Young Dolph

Micah and Justin discuss their favorite scenes and characters of the live-adaptation series and close it out by discussing the loss of the late Young Dolph

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‘60 Songs That Explain the ’90s’: The Gospel According to DMX

In honor of Ringer Films’ new documentary ‘DMX: Don’t Try to Understand,’ Rob and Shea Serrano are discussing the Yonkers rap legend

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How DMX’s First Tour Helped Usher in a New Era of Hip-hop

The Survival of the Illest Tour came just as X’s popularity exploded. Not only did it capture a young artist on the rise, it also paved the way for massive rap tours that followed.

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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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RIP, Young Dolph, and Domestic Violence in the NFL

Van and Rachel also react to the commutation of Julius Jones’s death sentence, the exoneration of two men convicted of killing Malcolm X, and Antonio Brown being accused of obtaining a fake vaccine card

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Snoop Dogg: ‘Doggystyle’ | Vol. 2 Ep. 9

Jinx and Shea discuss how Snoop helped pioneer a new sound for West Coast rap with Dr. Dre, who had the best guest verse, and how the East and West Coast beef added to the legacy of this timeless album

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DaBaby’s Baby Mama Drama and Biden’s Bill Becomes Law

Van and Rachel also discuss the Kyle Rittenhouse trial nearing a conclusion and Beto running for governor of Texas

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‘An Evening With Silk Sonic’ and Shea and Other Things 

Charles, Grace, and Shea react to the debut album from Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak

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The Trial of Kyle Rittenhouse and Delaying ‘Black Panther 2’

Plus, Jay-Z and Hillary Clinton have a problem in common, and Scottie Pippen’s mad at Michael Jordan

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Kanye West: ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’

Jinx and Shea are joined by the host of the ‘Dissect’ podcast, Cole Cuchna, to celebrate the 11-year anniversary of Kanye West’s ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’

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The Evolution of Offset Jim, and a Friendship

These days, the Oakland rapper is one of the hottest commodities in a bubbling Bay Area scene. But for one writer, Jim will always be the kid he used to share sandwiches and trade stories with.

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The Aftermath of Astroworld and Kanye at Drink Champs

Justin Charity and Micah Peters discuss the Astroworld Festival, Travis Scott, and rage culture before reviewing the hottest takes from Kanye West’s Drink Champs interview and his recent meetup with J. Prince