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The War On Prejudice Claims Its First Blue Casualties

WordsByDrewRicketts CondolencesgoouttothefamiliesofWenjianLiuandRafaelRamos,whoprobablyneverimaginedtheirnameswouldbeincludedinalistofliveslostinournation’sbattleforcivilrights.Theirnon-whiteethnicitiesdidnotsparethemnordidtheirinnocencegrantexception.ShooterIsmaaiylBrinsleywasnofreedomfightereither.

Black Hippy - The 4 Kings (Best of 2014)

Another year dominated by Kendrick Lamar and, to a lesser extent, his fellow Black Hippy members: ScHoolboy Q dropped a fantastic record with Oxymoron; Ab-Soul's These Days was kinda hit or miss, leaving something to be desired; and once again, Jay Rock dropped nothing more than some (delicious) bread crumbs. Show More Summary

It’s A Party For Wiz Khalifa’s ‘You And Your Friends’ Video Ft. Snoop Dogg And Ty Dolla $ign

WizKhalifa.SnoopDogg.TyDolla$ign.Onthesurface,onewouldsurmisemarijuanaisacommonalitybetweenallthree.Andonewouldbeabsolutelycorrect.Astrongaffinityfortheoppositesexis,too,though.Thetriofinallyreleasedthelong-awaitedvisualtotheirclubstaple“You&YourFriends”equippedwithbothvices.HowmuchofthisappliestoWiz’severydayroutine isuptotheimagination.

Video: Your Old Droog – Showoff Radio Freestyle

Your Old Droog drops some bars over a DJ Premier beat on Statik Selektah’s Showoff Radio. Previously: Your Old Droog Interview & Freestyle with Rosenberg (Video)

The-Dream’s In Love On ‘Fruition’

 There’sacoupleofDreamsoutthere.There’stheemotionallywrought,desolatelyemoone,andthenthere’stheonewhocraftsradiohitafterradiohit,mostofwhichareontheoppositeendofthespectrumandhiseyesarerosyinlove.“Fruition,”perhapsbecausetheguy’sremarriednow–IknowthisbecauseIfollowhimonInstagram–fallsinthelatterofthetwo.

Watch This Man Give A Grammy Speech After Getting His Pair Of ‘Legend Blue’ Jordan 11s

Whenitcomestosneakers,thetwopeopleItrustmorethananyoneintheworldaremybrotherAnthonyandGotty.TheiradviceisA-1notonlywhenitcomestosneakers,butalsomoreimportantlyhowtogoaboutobtainingthem.WithAnthonyinparticular,whoworksatHouseOfHoops,ourtextmessageconversationlastweekpriortothereleaseoftheJordan11‘LegendBlues’ wasremarkablyshortandtothepoint.

Wale Drops Off Another ‘Festivus’ Preview With ‘The Chess Match’

WithjustonlyhoursuntilthereleaseofFestivus,Wale’sfirstfullprojectin18months,hedecidedtoletlooseasmallsampleofwhat’stocome.TheDCnativeteasesfanswiththebriefbutpotent“TheChessMatch,”addingtheSeinfeldthemethatthey’vespentyearssalivatingfor.WaleseemstobepeakingjustintimeforthebuilduptoTheAlbumAboutNothing.

T.I. Sticks Up For Iggy Azalea In Response To Q-Tip’s Hip-Hop History Lesson

AfterQ-TipreadIggyAzalea onSaturday,crucialconflictnegotiator T.I.stepsintocommendQ-TipanddefendIggy’srighttorap.AccordingtoT.I.,Hip-Hop’shadwhiteartistsbeforewhoseintentionswereworse,whereasIggy’smerelybeeninspiredbythemusicandwantShow More Summary

Marshawn Lynch’s Absurd Touchdown Run Made A Mockery Of The Cardinals Defense

Here’safunquestiontodebatethisholidayseason.Whatismoreviolent:RussellWestbrookdunksorMarshawnLynch“beastmode”runs?TheSeattleSeahawksbeloved(andquiet)runningbackprovidedthelatestexampleforhiscasewithafourthquartertouchdownscamperthatwaseerilyreminiscentofhislegendaryrunagainsttheSaintsinthe2011playoffs.

Watch Sicko Mobb’s Molly-Fueled ‘House Party’ Video Ft. DJ Nate

WordsByEmanuelVinson SickoMobbbubbledaroundChicagolongbeforeDlowtaughtSteveHarveyhowtoboponnationaltelevision.A$APFerggothipandjumpedontheirsmash“Fiesta.”Nowthey’vereturnedwiththeDJNate-assisted“HouseParty.”Thebass-heavy,playfulbeatShow More Summary

Wale – The Chess Match

With his Festivus mixtape with A-Trak arriving in two days, Wale drops off “The Chess Match,” a leak off the upcoming mixtape out December 23. Hear it below. [MissInfo] Previously: Wale – Miracle On U Street

Video: King Louie – Made Drill

King L revisits Drilluminati 2 with a visual for “Made Drill.” Drilluminati 3: God of Drill coming soon. Previously: King Louie – Tony Po Pimpin’

Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig And Despot Put Their Twist On ILoveMakonnen’s ‘Down 4 So Long’

 “WenttotheHamptonsandthoughtIwastheman/TillMaryKatetoldmemyRayBanswereoffbrand”Didn’texpecttoseeiLoveMakonnendoingsongswiththeVampireWeekendfrontmandidyou?Thankfully,RedBullbroughtthosetwoandNewYorkspitterDespottogetherforthisfasciShow More Summary

Chicago’s Tony Cartel Proves That ‘Less Is More’

WordsbyJakeKrez It’sjustanever-rotatingturnstileoutherethesedays.Nextup?TonyCartel.TheSouthSideproducthasbeencreatingabuzzaroundhisnameforthemajorityof2014,regularlygettingshout-outsfromthelikesofSabaandfellowwestsideactsthatitcanbehardtopindownjustwhereheislocatedinthecity.

Watch As Nicki Minaj Bares All In ‘The Pinkprint Movie’

WordsByJac WiththethereleaseofherthirdLP,ThePinkprint,whichdroppedMonday,andherhighly-publicizedbreakupwithlongtimepartnerSafaree,NickiMinajhashadahecticweektosaytheleast.AndalthoughtheQueenventedunabashedlyonTwitter abouttheirunfortunatebreakupandtheturnofevents,Ms.Minajhasdecidedtotakehercatharsistothenextlevel.

Freddie Gibbs - R.E.A.L. (Best of 2014)

Gangsta Gibbs is the reigning champion of these yearly best-ofs. I've been putting together these Blue Note-inspired compilation since 2010 and Freddie Gibbs has always provided both quality AND quantity to justify his very own spot, year after year. Like we always do about this time... Enjoy... and turn it up!! Previously:

DeLorean And Scotty ATL Shake The Fakes In ‘Lately’ Video

TherealisinfulleffectthroughoutDeLorean’ssmokedsingle“Lately.”AlongsideScottyATL,theHoustonwordsmithbringshisdedicationstosnakesinthegrasstolifebyplacingviewersintohiseverydayroutineandshowinghowpeopletrytocoaxhimoutofhisearnings.Peoplearesheisty,butthankfullyDeLohasbeenabletoturnhisswivelmindsetintosomedopetunes.

Sam Lachow Shows Off His Swiss Army Knife Style In ’80 Bars Part 5? Video

Mostrappershavetheircorecompetency,butSamLachowisabletotacklevariousmoodswithhismusicand“80BarsPart5?putsthatSwissArmyKnifestyleonfulldisplay.Byseamlesslyspittingoverablendofbeatsrangingfromboom-baptotrapandhyphytoheartfelt,he’sabletolyricallyflowrightfromoneconcepttothenext,afeatthat’snotonlyimpressive,butastraightupenjoyablelisteningexperience.

Listen To Fabolous’ Cocky ‘Will Smith’ Freestyle

 “NeverHollywood,I’mnotaboutthatactorlifeIbarelyaskatall,neverhavetoaskmetwice.It’sjusthoweverdoIwantit,thenit’sbacktolife.”Rap’scoolestkid,Fabolous,invokesthenameofrap’soriginalFreshPrinceforhis“WillSmith”freestyle.AcoupleofthelinesappeartoberecycledfromhisSwayInTheMorningfreestylebutthatreferencetoBillCosbysoundsprettyfresh.

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