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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?

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A Grammys Recap and Debating What It Is to Be Square

Plus, some questionable funeral practices are discussed

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Winners and Losers of the 2022 Grammys

Matt is joined by Bloomberg’s Lucas Shaw to talk about his experience at the Grammy Awards

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Domonique Foxworth Talks Deshaun Watson and 2000s Ravens Stories, Plus Peter Rosenberg on ‘WrestleMania 38’ and Kanye

Plus, Ryen opens with whether it’s really true that the East is better than the West in the NBA this season

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The State of Chance the Rapper

Plus, how does Will Smith’s slap at the Oscars relate to Chance’s fall?

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The Confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson and a 2022 Oscars Preview

Van and Rachel also dig into Kanye West and the 2022 Grammy Awards

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Frank Ocean: ‘Blonde’

On the final episode of ‘NO SKIPS with Jinx and Shea,’ the guys lock in on the genre-bending spectacle that is Frank Ocean’s sophomore album, ‘Blonde’

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Top Five ‘Atlanta’ Episodes and Season 3 Predictions

Charles and Logan discuss what’s to come for the FX series

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‘Atlanta’ Was Never Interested in a Hero’s Journey to Rap Stardom

Hip-hop is a passion, but on ‘Atlanta’ and in Atlanta, it’s also a job. Donald Glover’s series makes sure to never forget that.

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The Oral History of Odd Future’s Chaotic, Joyous “Oldie” Video

In March 2012, an XXL photo shoot for the most blog-famous act in rap spontaneously became the backdrop for a music video. Ten years later, Tyler, Frank Ocean, Earl Sweatshirt, and others reflect on the viral clip and what it meant.

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Lupe Fiasco’s ‘Food & Liquor’

Honoring Fiasco’s lyrical stylings on songs like "Kick Push," "Daydreamin’," and "Hurt Me Soul," Jinx and Shea go on tangents about complex wordplay, masterful rap hooks, and effortless storytelling

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The Future Song Draft

Charles, Paul Thompson, and Justin Sayles debate between Future’s best songs with categories like best mixtape feature and Billboard Hot 100