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Where Is Music Headed in 2017? Here’s A Peek

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In this era of surprise album drops, left-field smashes fueled by unexpected viral dance clips (you can stop posing like a mannequin now) and short-lead releases, it’s hard to predict what will pop, what will flop and who will land on top. What we do have, however, is data — tons of numbers that can help…


NOISEY: Atlanta with Migos, Killer Mike (Full Episode)


The Rap Pact: How Jay Z and Hot 97 Combined Forces to Take Over Hip-Hop

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  Funkmaster Flex is a gifted storyteller. When asked about meeting Jay Z in the mid 1990s, the legendary Hot 97 DJ must first set the scene. “I want you to imagine Puff and Big and Bad Boy shining bright as hell, like nothing else moving,” Flex’s tale begins. “Roc-A-Fella, Dame Dash, and Jay Z were outcasts.” At the…


5 Reasons Small Music Blogs Can Have A Big Impact

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  Making music is about expressing yourself. It’s art. You want to tell your story in the most sonically interesting way possible. And unfortunately, many great artists struggle with how to great press and they all-too-often overlook smaller music blogs. In my case, I didn’t even know where to start. The majority of us immediately…


DEF JAM THEN… AND NOW

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  After Def Jam Recordings was founded 33 years ago, it changed everything. Primarily, that was down to the artists who helped elevate the cultural status of hip-hop around the world.; from LL Cool J to the Beastie Boys, Slick Rick, Redman, EPMD and Public Enemy. But behind the scenes, an engine room of executive…


Jim Jones Talks Dipset Break Up, Jay-Z, Max B, French Montana, Mona Scott, Rocnation + More


IF SPOTIFY DELAYS ITS IPO INTO 2018, IT FACES SOME SERIOUS FINANCIAL PAIN

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  Spotify is reportedly mulling over the idea of freezing its plans to float. According to TechCrunch sources, a postponement into 2018 would “give Spotify more time to build up a better balance sheet and work on shifting its business model to improve its margins”. It’s a solid idea in theory… yet one which proposes time is a luxury…


Sampha Process

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  Sampha Sisay has waited a long time for this. The South London producer has been lending his touch to records by the great and the good for over seven years now: Kanye West, Solange, FKA twigs, Frank Ocean and Drake, to name just a few. His own records, consequently, have been few and far between,…


WHY DID SPRINT PAY $200M FOR TIDAL?

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  Just over a week ago, US telco Sprint purchased a 33% stake in TIDAL for $200 million. The deal valued the Spotify rival at $600m – which raised a few eyebrows, considering TIDAL’s well-reported struggles and the fact Jay Z only bought it for $56m in early 2015. So why was SoftBank-owned Sprint willing to pay such…


Lil Wayne launches Hulu’s new virtual reality music series ‘On Stage’

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Hulu’s new virtual reality music docu-series has arrived, and the premiere episode is an immersive glimpse into the world of rap star Lil Wayne. The series, called “On Stage,” debuted Thursday through the streaming service’s VR app. Episodes can also be viewed traditionally on Hulu. In the premiere episode, Wayne takes cameras along as he…