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Which Of These New Fast Rappers Will Get The Cosign From Twista?

Perfect question for Twista: Which of today’s ‘fast’ rappers is the best? Ski Mask? JID? Quadeca?

Chicago Hip-Hop icon Twista is well-known for his tongue-twisting, rapid-fire rhymes, so Genius put his fast rapping expertise to use for the latest episode of ‘The Cosign.’

Twista, who was named in the 1992 Guinness Book of World Records for rapping 11.2 syllables per second, gave his take on some of the new generation’s fast flows. From Ski Mask The Slump God’s verse on “Flo Rida” to JID’s “Off Deez” to Quadeca’s “Uh Huh!,” Twista shared his honest opinion on each new fast rapper.

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Dame Dash Evaluates Some Of The Hottest New Female Rappers Out Now (Video)

I will admit. This is not entirely what I would have expected from Dame on this topic, but there’s nothing out of line with what the boss says. You don’t have to entirely agree. I don’t. But I do entirely respect this piece. And all the Eye Candy… I mean… It is noon (c’mon son)!

Dame Dash made a name for himself as a co-founder of the iconic Hip-Hop label, Roc-A-Fella, so he knows a thing or two about emerging artists. For this episode of ‘The Cosign,’ we recruited the self-proclaimed “boss” to review videos from up and coming women in rap.

From Megan Thee Stallion’s “Big Ole Freak” to Bhad Bhabie’s “Babyface Savage” to Melii’s “See Me,” Dash shared his thoughts on some of Hip-Hop’s newest acts.

– Genius

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Nipsey Hussle Breaks Down “Racks In The Middle” (Video)

Sure, we posted the video for the song – a visual interpretation. But how about we just let Nip break the song down for us in his words.

Nipsey Hussle’s “Racks In The Middle” is his latest hit, and it’s already racked up more than 7 million YouTube views to date. The single features Roddy Ricch and Hit-Boy who also produced the song. On the track, Nipsey Hussle raps about coming up in Los Angeles.
– Genius

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Mannie Fresh Speaks On The Making Of Juvenile’s “Back That Azz Up” (Video)

How much of a classic is Juve’s hit “Back That Azz Up” though? Watch what happens when it plays at a party TODAY! Azzes WILL get to backing folks up! Right from “Cash Money Records taking over for the ’99 and the 2000” it is ON!

Watch super-producer of that hit, Mannie Fresh, talk about its creation. Genius! For real…

Back in 1998, Juvenile’s “Back That Azz Up” introduced bounce music to the mainstream and helped Cash Money Records make a name for itself. The 400 Degreez track remains one of the New Orleans rapper’s biggest hits, peaking at No. 19 on the Billboard Hot 100. Production is handled by Mannie Fresh, who served as the architect of Cash Money’s signature sound from the early ’90s to mid-2000s.
– Genius

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Styles P & Dave East Discussing If Lyricism Still Matters In Hip-Hop ‘For The Record’ (Video)

Does lyricism still matter? In a word, YES! Whether you believe it is ‘necessary’ for a joint to be called ‘real Hip-Hop’ to have it… that discussion being a thing, even today, lets you know that lyricism is still a thing.

Although Yonkers MC Styles P and Harlem rapper Dave East represent two different generations of Hip-Hop, each artist is known for his lyrical prowess. The duo recently teamed up for their joint project ‘Beloved,’ which densely packs vivid street tales throughout its 13 tracks. On the latest episode of ‘For The Record,’ the New York natives sat down with Genius’ Head of Artist Relations Rob Markman to discuss the collaborative album as well as the decline of lyricism in Hip-Hop.
– Genius

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Young M.A Breaks Down “PettyWap” (Video)

Young M.A breaks down her “PettyWap” single. Makes it even doper when she helps you catch all the cleverness in the lyrics.

Young M.A just dropped her newest single “PettyWap” this month, a follow up to her March release “Praktice.” The Brooklyn-bred rapper initially rose to fame after her 2016 hit “OOOUUU” went viral, peaking at No. 19 on the Billboard Hot 100 later that year with the help of remixes by notable fellow New York MC’s like 50 Cent, Nicki Minaj and Remy Ma. “PettyWap” has already garnered 7.2 million YouTube views since its release earlier this month. Orrin “Dr. O” Wilson and Antwan “Amadeus” Thompson co-produced the track. On the song, Young M.A raps about how girls often prefer her over their boyfriends.
– Genius

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Producer Teddy Walton Speaks On The Making Of Kendrick Lamar’s “LOVE.” (Video)

So, in this video we hear from the man standing next to the man (RIP comedian Robin Harris) on the single “LOVE.” off Kendrick Lamar’s album ‘DAMN.’

Kendrick Lamar’s ‘DAMN.’ was one of the most acclaimed album releases of 2017, with all 14 tracks hitting Billboard’s Hot 100. With each song placing on the charts, it’s hard to deem any one track the major standout. But “LOVE.” feat. Zacari was a favorite for many Kendrick fans, as the song’s lyrics became the third-most-viewed ‘DAMN.’ track with 2.9 million views on Genius.
– Genius

KENDRICK LAMAR – LOVE FEAT. ZACARI | DAMN. (ALBUM)

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Making Of A Music Video: Anderson .Paak’s “Bubblin” (Video)

An ATM spewing out a shower of dollars… that’s the dream. See how the ‘dream’ video got made.

In mid-May, Anderson .Paak debuted his latest single “Bubblin,” featuring production from AntMan Wonder and Jahlil Beats. The whimsical video is directed by Calmatic, who also created the visual for .Paak’s 2016 song “Come Down.” In the clip, .Paak enjoys spending a seemingly endless stream of cash from a magical ATM.
– Genius

ANDERSON .PAAK – BUBBLIN

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Pusha T Speaks On The Development Of “Daytona” And Dissing Drake ‘For The Record’ (Video)

Hells yeah! Start with the strong dap and get into the FACTS! Of course, the Drizzy dissing is on deck for discussion… but wait, there’s more!

G.O.O.D. Music president Pusha T returns this week with ‘Daytona,’ his first full-length release since 2015’s ‘King Push – Darkness Before Dawn: The Prelude.’ In the latest episode of Genius’ ‘For the Record,’ Pusha discussed his recording process, his political differences with Kanye, the reasoning behind its truncated length, and the Drake diss track “Infrared.”
– Genius

PUSHA T – DAYTONA (EP)

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CyHi The Prynce – “Genius Freestyle” (Video)

A capella for all the fans and haters (who hate that they are secretly fans). CyHi The Prynce blessed Genius with a little something. Monster barz!!

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Why Drake And The-Dream “Shut It Down” As A Team After 2010 (Video)


Ha! Read that title and in for the dramaaaaa, huh? Nope. No real drama. Just grown men. Artists who collab’d for a killer cut; whose time was up. Each ‘reaching out’ in their own ways, their ways just didn’t jibe. And thus, no follow-up collaboration. It happens. Dr. Dre and Rakim, R. Kelly and Jay Z… things run their course; some courses shorter than others.

In 2010, The-Dream collaborated with Drake on “Shut It Down” from his album ‘Thank Me Later.’ In this excerpt of the first installment of Genius Level, Terius “The-Dream” Nash explains why the two haven’t worked together since.
– Genius

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Syd Breaks Down “All About Me” (Video)

Above: With Syd’s solo album (“Fin”) off and running, she sits down to speak on the first single (“All About Me”). In the process, we learn a bit more about Syd’s views, her band (The Internet), her life coming up and more.

SYD – FIN (LP)

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Joey Bada$$ Breaks Down “Land Of The Free” (Video)

What’s really cool about these videos where artists break their lyrics down… we get to learn not only about their throught processes with the lyrics, but about their thought lyrics as a person. For this Joey Bada$$ break down for his “Land Of The Free” jawn, even more so. DOPE!

Joey Bada$$’s politically charged track “Land Of The Free” was released on his birthday—and the day of President Donald Trump’s inauguration. It’s a single from his forthcoming album AABA but serves as his personal statement on the current state of America and his ambition to create change for the future.

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Big Sean Breaks Down “No Favors” (Video)

Big Sean sits down to break down a track off his latest album (“I Decided”). Talking through “No Favors” (produced by FrancisGotHeat and WondaGurl) lyrics, discussing Eminem and making it, speaking on repping Detroit, the Flint Water Crisis and more… all jammed into the short clip above.

BIG SEAN – I DECIDED (ALBUM)

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Young M.A Breaks Down “OOOUUU” (Video)

Okay, I’m not the first to admit. But I wasted several clips – at several minutes each – that tried explaining what the hell Desiigner was saying on “Panda” (Panda… Panda Panda PandaPanda ggtthhrrrtaak!!). It almost made me not want to look at another lyric breakdown video again. Nut for Young M.A, oh hell yeah. She has EARNED the time I give in study of her work. I’m a fan. And her expo of the “OOOUUU” flow makes me even more so. Check it out.

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Classic Clips: Wu-Tang Clan Interview From 1991 (Video)


Rap artist J-Zone, who just so happens to also write for Egotripland.com, unearthed some rare footage of the Wu-Tang Clan in their early stages for an interview on a cable access television program. This reminds me that I really need to digitize all the classic interviews I’ve had with artists from my time doing my ‘Strictly Hip Hop’ video show on cable access from around the same period of ’90-’95.

Actual Proof – Dream (Prod. By 9th Wonder)

DOWNLOAD: Actual Proof – Dream (Prod by 9th Wonder)

This is the first track from 9th Wonder’s Group Actual Proof from their new EP “The Talented Tenth” coming January 15th for free download…..

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