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No Age Are Back to Not Taking Themselves Seriously on 'Snares Like a Haircut'

A decade ago, No Age defined everything that was great about late ’00s indie rock; the duo’s first three releases, Weirdo Rippers, Nouns and Everything in Between blended stripped-down experimentation with snooty punk rock, gaining overwhelmingly positive

Def Jam MC Valee Explains Why He’s Purposely Crafting One-Verse Songs

Valee hasn't yet exploded on the proverbial scene outside his hometown Chicago, but in an interview with MTV News, in which he confirmed he has spoken with Kanye West but didn't address the rumors that he has

Meet Tush, the Toronto Troupe Embracing the Darker Side of Disco

Whoever said disco is dead hasn’t met Tush. The Toronto-based troupe have been spreading the disco gospel in one form or another since 2015, featuring a cast scene veterans coming together to get crowds moving and grooving.

Kendrick Lamar, SZA and TDE Artists to Hit the Road on Tour

TDE has one the deepest rosters in music, and now the California-based label is taking its talented artists on the road for the appropriately titled Championship Tour. Kendrick Lamar and SZA probably had the two biggest records last

Justina Valentine – Just Don’t Give A Fuck

Justina Valentine drops the second visual from her Feminem mixtape, this time for “Just Don’t Give A Fuck”. Not only is Valentine on the field in a male dominated sport, she’s out here breaking ankles. Known for

SiR Returns With Dope New Album 'November'

There's no doubt that TDE boasts one the deepest rosters in music—SZA, Kendrick Lamar, Isaiah Rashad, Jay Rock and ScHoolboy Q all call TDE home. Now the label returns with an album, November, from one its brightest talents,

Malcolm London Is Giving Himself “Permission to Be a Poet” on New EP, ‘Right Away Series’

Malcolm London, an activist, poet, educator, and rapper from Chicago, isn't asking for permission to be the artist and the man he believes is capable becoming. On his latest EP, Right Away Series, he's seizing the moment. 

Comfort & Loyalty: Lil Wayne Is Trapped in More Than One Birdcage

Lil Wayne once said receiving a business card from Birdman was like getting the direct number to the president. “Baby and Cash Money was bigger than rap itself to me,” he told XXL in 2006. He saw idols,

The Chainsmokers’ “Closer” Songwriter on Streaming: “People Writing the Music Are Getting Screwed”

Over the past 19 months, The Chainsmokers' hit single “Closer,” featuring New Jersey singer-songwriter Halsey, reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, earned 7x Platinum certification by the RIAA and on Spotify alone has racked up 1.2 billion

The Rap Map: Meet 5 Talented Artists From Houston

Over the past seven months, our Rap Map series has ventured across six different U.S. cities, highlighting a handful promising artists in each market. As your faithful rap cartographer, I can write with confidence that Houston’s rap