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Juice WRLD’s “Robbery” Explained
After experiencing breakout success last year with “Lucid Dreams,” Chicago’s Juice WRLD is gearing up for the release of his new album, A Deathrace for Love, in 2019. Today, he dropped the project’s lead single, “Robbery,” featuring production by…
YNW Melly’s “Murder On My Mind” Explained
Rising Florida rapper YNW Melly turned himself in to police in Miramar, Florida on Wednesday and has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports. The rapper, best known for his 2017 single “Murder On…
Looking Back At Lil Baby’s “Freestyle”
Before Lil Baby established himself as a bonafide star in 2018, the Atlanta rapper burst on the scene with a trio of 2017 mixtapes capped off by December’s Too Hard. The standout track from the project is the Joseph DaVinci-produced single, “…
Looking Back at Childish Gambino’s “Redbone”
In 2016, Childish Gambino released his ‘70s funk-inspired single, “Redbone.” Co-produced by Gambino and his frequent collaborator Ludwig Göransson, the Grammy-winning track is taken from “Awaken, My Love!” and seems to address issues he’s having in…
Ariana Grande’s “break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored’ Explained
Ariana Grande accompanied the release of her new album, thank u, next, with a music video for the project’s final song, “break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored.” Produced by Max Martin and ILYA, the track offers a throwback to the start of the new…
Travis Scott’s “CAN’T SAY” Explained
Amongst the high-profile features on Travis Scott’s 2018 album, ASTROWORLD, is one name that was less recognizable: Don Toliver. His feature on “CAN’T SAY,” however, turned out to be an album highlight. “CAN’T SAY” is produced by WondaGurl, London…
Looking Back At 21 Savage’s “No Heart”
UPDATE 2/11/19: TMZ reports that 21 Savage has been released on bond pending his deportation hearing. UPDATE 2/4/19: In statement provided to multiple outlets, 21 Savage’s attorney Charles H. Kuck claimed that he was denied bail in his case…
ILoveMakonnen, Lil Peep & Fall Out Boy’s “I’ve Been Waiting” Explained
It’s now been over one year since the tragic death of rapper Lil Peep, who passed away from an accidental drug overdose in November 2017, but his legacy lives on. Today, Peep’s label released “I’ve Been Waiting,” a collaboration with iLoveMakonnen…
Lil Skies’ “Real Ties” Explained
Lil Skies dropped his first track of 2019 with “Real Ties.” Produced by Taz Taylor and Etrou, the song finds Skies chronicling his rapid ascent to stardom. On the track, Skies references Disney’s 2002 film, Lilo & Stitch, while boasting about how…
A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie’s “Look Back At It” Explained
A Boogie wit da Hoodie recently shared his latest project, Hoodie SZN, featuring the Jahaan Sweet-produced “Look Back at It.” The single interpolates two Michael Jackson songs, “Remember the Time” and “You Rock My World,” the latter of which caused…
The Lasting Impact Of Soulja Boy
Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em emerged from the internet ether in the late 2000s with hugely popular viral videos like “Crank That (Soulja Boy).” Although many critics brushed him off as a gimmick, the rapper would go on to score more hits and have a…
Billie Eilish’s “bury a friend” Explained
Billie Eilish has been trickling out new singles since last year, and now she has finally announced the title and release date for her debut album. when we all fall asleep, where do we go? is set to drop on March 29, and will include her recent…
The Life And Legacy Of Speaker Knockerz
It’s been nearly five years since Speaker Knockerz died at the age of 19 in March 2014, but the South Carolina rapper and producer created a sound, style, and flow that continues to influence artists today. Speaker Knockerz started producing when he…
Looking Back At J. Cole’s “No Role Modelz”
J. Cole’s 2014 fan favorite track, “No Role Modelz,” is the highest-charting song from 2014 Forest Hills Drive, peaking at No. 36 on the Billboard Hot 100. Produced by Cole and Phonix Beats, it features an interpolation of Project Pat’s 2001 hit, “…
Aminé’s “BLACKJACK” Explained
On January 23, Aminé dropped a music video for “BLACKJACK” as the latest promotional push for his 2018 project ONEPOINTFIVE. The video pays tribute to the song’s namesake, actor Jack Black, by building on the track’s references to the 2003 musical…
Boogie & Eminem’s “Rainy Days” Explained
Compton rapper Boogie signed to Eminem’s Shady Records in 2017, and today he dropped his debut album, Everything’s For Sale. On the album’s eighth track, “Rainy Days,” Boogie links up with his label boss for their first collaboration. The song finds…
J. Cole’s “MIDDLE CHILD” Explained
J. Cole is kicking off his soon-to-be-packed 2019 release schedule with his new single, “Middle Child.” The song is produced by T-Minus, who previously worked with Cole on 2018’s “Kevin’s Heart” as well as the Cole-featuring 6LACK song “Pretty…
Lil Wayne & XXXTENTACION’s “Don’t Cry” Explained
One of the more controversial inclusions on Lil Wayne’s new album Tha Carter V is the late Florida rapper XXXTentacion, who was murdered back in June. One of the few songs that’s been released since his death is Wayne’s new track “Don’t Cry,” which…
YNW Melly & Kanye West’s “Mixed Personalities” Explained
Florida’s YNW Melly has been earning buzz thanks to tracks like “Murder On My Mind” and “Virtual (Blue Balenciagas),” and today he got a major cosign in the form of Kanye West. The Chicago MC is one of two featured artists on Melly’s new album, We…
Ariana Grande’s “7 rings” Explained
Ariana Grande’s new single, “7 Rings,” may be centered around a rework of “My Favorite Things,” from the 1959 musical (and 1965 film) The Sound of Music, but it’s also earned comparisons to several other songs. The track draws obvious inspiration…
6ix9ine, DMX And The History Of Yelling In Hip-Hop
Today, rappers like Ski Mask the Slump God, Sheck Wes, and 6ix9ine are known for their boisterous flows. Hip-hop has always been loud, however, and yelling has been an outlet for MCs to express their emotions on wax since its early days. Run-D.M.C…
Bhad Bhabie’s “Babyface Savage” Explained
Over one year after the release of her debut single, “These Heaux,” Bhad Bhabie’s star has hardly faded. In fact, her new single “Babyface Savage” with Toronto rapper Tory Lanez looks poised to be yet another viral hit for the young MC. The song has…
The Weeknd’s “Lost in the Fire” Explained
Last year, The Weeknd revealed that his next album, the R&B star’s first full-length project since STARBOY in 2016, is “coming soon.” While his own album still has no release date, today he unleashed his first new song of 2019. It’s a collaboration…
Looking Back At Denzel Curry’s “Ultimate”
Denzel Curry’s 2015 song, “Ultimate,” made him a star one year after its release thanks to a viral meme which took off on the now-defunct app Vine. Taken from 32 Zel/Planet Shrooms, the track is produced by the South Florida rapper’s close…
Billie Eilish’s “WHEN I WAS OLDER” Explained
Billie Eilish just dropped her first single of 2019, “WHEN I WAS OLDER.” Produced by her brother and frequent collaborator FINNEAS, the heavily Auto-Tuned track is inspired by Roma, the Golden Globe-winning film by Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón…
Halsey’s “Without Me” Explained
Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next” has been dethroned from the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart once again, this time by Halsey. The New Jersey pop star’s breakup anthem, “Without Me,” reached No. 1 this week, becoming Halsey’s first solo No. 1 hit…
Lil Pump’s “Butterfly Doors” Explained
After facing significant criticism, Lil Pump has changed racist lyrics on his song “Butterfly Doors.” The official version, which he released on January 4, do not include the ad-lib “Ching chong,” and the line referencing Yao Ming now omits the…