kanye west

Kanye Speaks: West’s Plan to ‘Re-Think’ the Music Industry

In an exclusive interview with Billboard, West elaborated on his feelings about recording contracts, as well as his efforts to reform the way the music business structures them. At West’s request,… 

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How Dua Lipa’s Day-Glo Nostalgia Found A Home In Dark Times

My hazy memories of childhood in the 1980s are a jumble of contrasts. On one hand, there’s the grim, gray dread of existential threats: nuclear brinkmanship, acid rain, mounting AIDS infections… 

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The Roots’ Black Thought on Pre-Show Routines, Street Performances, and the Influence of Springsteen

Long before he became the voice of one of the most essential hip-hop groups of a generation, Tariq Trotter started performing on the streets of Philadelphia with another young man named Ahmir… 


The Griselda Goon-Rap Renaissance

There’s no Griselda Records starter pack, no canonical classic to lure you in. That’s not how the Buffalo rap crew does business. Instead, there’s a steady stream of content — whole new… 

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Kanye West’s Record Deal Is Standard. That Doesn’t Mean the Record Industry Is Fair

Kanye West gave the world a rare glimpse into the music industry’s labyrinth of recording contracts last week when he tweeted out his own paperwork with Universal Music Group — and then lambasted… 

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Bryson Tiller ‘Didn’t Give a S–t’ About His Last Album. Now, He’s Ready To Return With His A-Game

Before Tiller presses play on his next endeavor, he looks to commemorate the fifth anniversary of Trapsoul this Friday (Sept. 25) with two unreleased tracks and the 2016 remix of “Rambo”… 

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Sean Leon on LG Collab, Supporting Canadian Designers, and New Music

Today (September 23), Leon will be unveiling some new music in a virtual performance on LG Canada’s Instagram. It’s all to celebrate the LG VELVET 5G Time Capsule Collection, which saw three… 

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The 100 Most Influential People of 2020: Megan Thee Stallion

I remember hearing Megan Thee Stallion on one of those famous DJ radio shows a few years ago. She rode the beat like I’d never heard anybody ride the beat in a long time—and I’m a hip-hop head.… 

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Why Spotify Has So Many Bizarre, Generic Artists Like ‘White Noise Baby Sleep’

You’ve probably never heard of them, but Relaxing Music Therapy has had a pretty damn successful music career. At least, on Spotify. This “artist” has more than 500,000 monthly listeners on the… 

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Smoke DZA talks touring during the blog era, Thanksgiving with Mac Miller, and overseas love

In this installment of “Tour Tales,” Smoke DZA explains his first time meeting Mac Miller, what he learned on tour with Method Man, and his first ever show in Japan… 

kendrick lamar

Rap Cover Songs Do Not Exist (and here is why)

What makes hip hop un-coverable? Why don’t rappers ever cover other rappers? 

a$ap ferg

A Conversation w/ A$AP Ferg: ‘Floor Seats 2’, Being An Innovator in Rap, Hustlers vs. Artists & More

After countless features, a handful of mixtapes and albums, A$AP Ferg has proven time and time again that he is here for a long time, and has no plan on stopping. Honored to speak with him, we… 

music streaming

The future of streaming and music marketing post Covid-19

After an introductory session offering views on Covid-19’s music impact around the world, Music Ally’s Sandbox Summit Global conference turned its attention to what happens next. The online… 

kanye west

Some Artists Get Screwed by Their Labels, But Kanye Isn’t One of Them

Kanye West has spent about a week yelling about his record deal with Universal Music Group (UMG) on Twitter, comparing the arrangement to “modern day slavery” and promising that he… 

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What’s Next for the Music Streaming Biz? Warner Chief Digital Officer Oana Ruxandra Shares a Road Map

Oana Ruxandra moved to the United States from Romania with her family as a child, and some of her important early memories of this country involve music. “I couldn’t speak any English, but I had… 

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