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The Fastest Rapper on Broadway

The Fastest Rapper on Broadway

The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon says clipping. vocalist and Hamilton actor Daveed Diggs is Broadway’s fastest rapper, because of his 3-second 19-word burst in the hit musical. Daveed then rapped lines from clipping.’s Taking Off to show that he can go faster.

Beat Breakdown: Big Pimpin’

Beat Breakdown: Big Pimpin’

YouTuber Sandurz demonstrates Timbaland’s genius with this breakdown of the mega producer’s beat for one of Jay Z’s biggest hits. It’s built around Khusara Khusara, an Egyptian swing track by Hossam Ramzy. Man those congos are lit.

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Run the Jewels: Crown

Run the Jewels: Crown

“Whatever it take I hope you find it, Mike. The look on her face shown that glory replaced all the shame and the hate and that she wears a crown.” Run the Jewels worked with Wevr to make this to the point 360 video for Crown, from their album Run the Jewels 2.

Beyoncé: Lemonade

Beyoncé: Lemonade

Beyoncé’s surprise album features Jack White, The Weeknd, James Blake and Kendrick Lamar. It’s accompanied by a series of eclectic short films, and many of the songs address her troubled relationship with Jay-Z. It’s exclusive to Tidal, but we’ve got previews of each track.

If Rappers Had Ordinary Jobs

If Rappers Had Ordinary Jobs

(PG-13: Language) YouTuber J.Cyrus mimics the flows of rappers Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Ludacris, Future and Young Thug while pretending to be a waiter, a principal and other everyday professions. Good kid, Second City.

Noisey Ep.1: Bompton

Noisey Ep.1: Bompton

(PG-13) The first episode of Viceland’s music documentary series Noisey focuses on Kendrick Lamar and Compton, where everyone has the same dreams as the rest of America, but the paths they take are twisted by poverty and violence.

Biggie x Metro Boomin

Biggie x Metro Boomin

(PG-13: Language) Producers Mick and Chi Duly mark Notorious B.I.G.’s 19th death anniversary by dropping this cool mixtape featuring some of Biggie’s most popular verses juxtaposed against the beats of phenom beatmaker Metro Boomin. Thanks Karlo!

Kendrick Lamar: Untitled Unmastered

Kendrick Lamar: Untitled Unmastered

(PG-13: Language) Kendrick Lamar follows up last year’s To Pimp A Butterfly with a surprise EP. Some of the tracks in untitled unmastered. include the songs that he performed on The Colbert Report and The Tonight Show.

Aesop Rock: Rings

Aesop Rock: Rings

“Routine day with a dirt cheap brush, then a week goes by and it goes untouched. Then two, then three, then a month, then the rest of your life you beat yourself up.” Aesop Rock raps about regret at letting one’s creativity rot in this single from his album The Impossible Kid.

Kendrick Lamar: Untitled 3

Kendrick Lamar: Untitled 3

(Flashing lights) Kendrick Lamar continues to use his medium as a bell for change and a mirror for society. His explosive performance at the 2016 Grammys is a medley of The Blacker the Berry, Alright and a final verse lamenting the death of Trayvon Martin.

Beyoncé: Formation

Beyoncé: Formation

(PG-13: Language) “My daddy Alabama, Momma Louisiana, you mix that negro with that Creole make a Texas bamma.” Beyoncé drops the hammer on all manner of haters and uses herself as bait to remind us of her home states’ woes. The song is exclusive to Tidal.

Breakdown: No More Parties in LA

Breakdown: No More Parties in LA

Beat Breakdown reveals how Madlib sampled Johnny Guitar Watson’s Give Me My Love, Junie Morrison’s Suzie Thundertussy, Larry Graham’s Stand Up and Shout About Love, and Ghostface Killah’s Mighty Healthy to make the barebones music for Kanye’s latest single.

Kanye West: No More Parties in LA

Kanye West: No More Parties in LA

(PG-13: Language) “I know some fans who thought I wouldn’t rap like this again, but the writer’s block is over emcees cancel your plans.” Yeezy goes back to his old school storytelling game with the help of Kendrick Lamar and Madlib.

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Kendrick Lamar: Untitled 2

Kendrick Lamar: Untitled 2

(PG-13: Language) “I hit the bank today and tell them color me bad, Blue faces, get that new money, and it’s breaking me down to the top.” Kendrick Lamar raps about resisting materialism and the power of money then ends with a fiery shoutout to his label.

A-F-R-O: Code 829

A-F-R-O: Code 829

(PG-13: Language) The debut music video of up-and-coming technical rapper Jamal Gutierrez, aka A-F-R-O. From his free mixtape Tales from the Basement. You wouldn’t know it from his booming voice and verbal gymnastics, but the kid’s just 18 years old.

DJ Ross One: Rap Tees

DJ Ross One: Rap Tees

A coffee table book featuring beatmaker Ross Schwartzman aka DJ Ross One’s extensive collection of hip hop t-shirts, sweaters and other merchandise, including bootlegs and one-offs. LL Cool J should bring back the Troops while he can. More at NYT.

Blackalicious: Sports Alphabet

Blackalicious: Sports Alphabet

“Entertainer entertaining everyone and every mass, enemies is envious ain’t even peep the elbow pass” Hip hop duo Blackalicious remix their classic tune Alphabet Aerobics, replacing the lyrics with sports-related lines.

Toonlink

Toonlink

(PG-13: Language) Ever heard Drake with the Wii Shop Channel? How about Kendrick Lamar with Mega Man, or Nas with K.K. Slider? Because they’re all great things that go great together, as proven by 14-year-old beatmaker Toonlink.

Missy Elliott: WTF (Where They From)

Missy Elliott: WTF (Where They From)

(PG-13: Language) “A bunch of girls do it and the s**t looks fun. That’s how they do it where we from.” Missy returns with the help of Pharell’s ice cream beat, throwing shade at the artists and fans who promote a sexualized caricature of hip-hop culture, particularly its dance moves.

Beat Breakdown: Hotline Bling

Beat Breakdown: Hotline Bling

Beat Breakdown shows us how producer Nineteen85 turned Timmy Thomas’ Why Can’t We Live Together? into the beat for Drake’s Hotline Bling. You may not get all the jargon, but the video is a good reminder of hip hop’s underappreciated depth.

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Kanye x Caroline Shaw: Say You Will

Kanye x Caroline Shaw: Say You Will

Yeezy dropped this powerful remix of his 808s & Heartbreak single Say You Will, turning the minimalist song into an room-filling wave with the help of Caroline Shaw. He also uploaded a few verses over the beat he made for The Weeknd’s Tell Your Friends.

Hopsin: No Words

Hopsin: No Words

(PG-13) Hopsin thinks there’s something worse than poorly written rap songs: the ones where there are barely any words in them. Watch him poop on Young Thug, Future and the other Bon Ivers of hip hop in this skit from his album Pound Syndrome.

NikeLab Payaa

NikeLab Payaa

Nike says the Payaa was inspired by native Alaskan snow boots, but the shoe looks more like a Nike Air Zoom with the new Hyperdunk’s midsole-outsole combo. A great alternative to the absurdly priced Yeezy Boost 350.

What a Time to Be Alive

What a Time to Be Alive

We think Drake and Future’s combo mixtape would’ve been better off without the online hype. It’s no Compton, but it’s a solid effort. Drake’s doing his angry Kanye impression and Future’s still mumbling. Nice beats though.

Lil Dicky: $ave Dat Money

Lil Dicky: $ave Dat Money

(PG-13) True to the song’s message – about being a cheapskate – Lil Dicky begged rich folks in Los Angeles to lend them their time, house, yacht, cars and establishments for free to make this low budget music video.

HIstory of Rap 6

HIstory of Rap 6

Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake’s crazy eyes run through hip hop hits once again, featuring Whodini, Public Enemy, Fetty Wap, Ace Hood and more. The best part is when they go up to the audience and you try to imagine some of those folks trying to rap along.

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