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02.09.15 Prachi Gupta

When N.W.A put the frustrations of black youth into words in the late 1980s, simply singing the truth was a revolutionary act. Their lyrics seemingly predicted the 1992 Los Angeles race riots, and “Fuck tha Police” quickly become a national anthem for the disenfranchised community. Former N.W.A members Ice Cube and Dr Dre have just […]

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04.25.13 Andy Cush

Each week in Sample Wars, we’ll pit two songs which sample the same source material head-to-head against each other, to determine which one rocked the sample better. Both of this week’s contestants are aging rap legends who’ve spent a lot of time in headlines recently: Jay-Z, for his trip to Cuba, “Open Letter,” and sale of […]

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04.19.13 Andy Cush

The media circus continues. Reading from what has been widely speculated to be Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev’s Twitter feed, Fox News correspondent Megyn Kelly accidentally rapped the lyrics to Dr. Dre and Eminem’s “Forgot About Dre” on the air today. “This is apparently what was on his mind–I believe that’s a quote of a song–days […]

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02.14.13 Andy Cush

Each week in Sample Wars, we’ll pit two songs which sample the same source material head-to-head against each other, to determine which one rocked the sample better. This week, we’ll take a look at David McCallum’s “The Edge,” which spawned Dr. Dre’s “The Next Episode” and Masta Ace’s “No Regrets.” “The Edge, “David McCallum (1967): […]

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09.23.11 Myles Tanzer

Last week, Brisk, the same iced tea brand that paid Eminem a million dollars to be in their Super Bowl commercial, held a celebration for Shady Records that included a concert and a mini-museum of the label’s memorabilia that likely does not include old pill bottles. […]

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