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How the Deaths of Biggie and 2Pac Changed Rap Media Forever

Twenty-five years ago Wednesday, the Notorious B.I.G. was killed, marking the end of the most violent chapter in hip-hop’s history. For the writers and editors who covered his and Tupac’s lives and music, the tragedies stick with them to this day.

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Where Are Hip-hop’s Superstars?

Charles and Justin Charity examine the current dilemmas that make it so hard to sustain a career in hip-hop

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No One Is Sleeping on the Bulls Anymore, and Mike Love Is Sick of LeBron and Kanye

Jason is joined by the Chicago radio icon to discuss ‘Jeen-yuhs,’ Kanye West’s rise, and separating art from artist

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The Oral History of Prince’s ‘Batman’ Soundtrack

Batman is an eccentric hero with a cape, so when it came time to pick an artist to make the soundtrack for Tim Burton’s 1989 film, the choice was obvious

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Wu-Tang Clan’s ‘Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)’

Jinx and Shea take a trip to Shaolin to discuss Wu-Tang Clan’s debut masterpiece, ‘Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)’

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‘Jeen-yuhs’ Parts 2 and 3 Reactions

Plus, discussing the ‘Euphoria’ finale and Lexi’s play

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‘Jeen-yuhs,’ ‘Demon Slayer,’ and ‘Elden Ring’

Justin and Micah share their thoughts on the Kanye West documentary

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Robert Glasper Has the Freedom to Take Flight

The legendary jazz pianist discusses his craft, creating during COVID, and his new LP, ‘Black Radio III’

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Unfinished or Not, Kanye’s ‘Donda 2’ Is a Fascinating Art Experiment

The current state of Kanye West is one in which albums are living documents whose real-time creation has been packaged and commodified alongside the music itself

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The Russian Invasion of Ukraine and DJ Akademiks on Misinformation

Plus, there’s a breakdown of the disparity between the WNBA and NBA

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How ‘Euphoria’ Built the Perfect Gen Z Soundtrack Using Old Classics

Music supervisor Jen Malone explains how she and Sam Levinson turned the teen drama’s soundtrack into a fever dream

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Jay Rock’s ‘Redemption’

This week, Jinx and Shea give TDE’s first soldier, Jay Rock, his flowers when celebrating his third studio album, ‘Redemption’

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Proper Twitter Ratios, The Undertaker to the HOF, Omega’s Cody Comments

Plus, debating whether Kanye is a mark and discussing a potential Logan Paul vs. Bad Bunny match

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A Kevin Wildes–Dave Jacoby Reunion, Plus Freddie Gibbs Finally Comes On

Bill, Jacoby, and Wildes discuss a wide range of topics, including NBA All-Star Weekend, LeBron James’s future in Los Angeles, and Aaron Rodgers on social media

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Is Old Music Killing New Music?

Charles Holmes chats with Justin Sayles and Devon Renaldo about writer Ted Gioia’s Atlantic article "Is Old Music Killing New Music?"

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Talking ‘Jeen-Yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy’ With Directors Coodie and Chike

Plus, Van and Rachel discuss the NFL hiring Loretta Lynch and Eric Adams meeting with drill rap artists

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Trashy Tabloids and True Crime With Clare Malone and the Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle

Bryan, Clare, and John talk Bennifer, the evolution of celebrity, and writing songs vs. novels

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Chief Keef: ‘Finally Rich’ | Vol. 3 Ep. 3

Plus, hear the guys break down the genius of Young Chop and Chief Keef on songs like "I Don’t Like," "Love Sosa," and "Laughing to the Bank," before determining who is in Chicago’s all-time rapper starting five

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Aaron Donald, Cooper Kupp, and the L.A. Experience

Jason, James, and Ryan detail their experiences watching the Super Bowl and predict which teams will be in next year’s big game

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Netflix’s Kanye West Doc Demands Your Attention, Even If He Doesn’t Anymore

The three-part documentary series, which rolls out on Netflix weekly beginning Wednesday, is both a genesis story and a revelation

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The Culture Side of the Super Bowl

Chris and Andy break down the halftime show and the ‘Doctor Strange’ and ‘Rings of Power’ trailers

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The Pop Culture Winners and Losers of Super Bowl LVI

In positive developments, the new Jordan Peele and ‘Lord of the Rings’ look good; in less positive developments, Larry David went crypto

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The Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show Was a Win for Hip-Hop, Mary J. Blige, and Your Youth

The Dr. Dre–led set was a long-overdue milestone for rap and may draw headlines beyond the performance, but it’s worth celebrating for its opulence

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The New Yeezy 450, Plus Cousin Stizz on His Favorite Sneaker Buys and New Album

Wos previews upcoming sneaker releases before chatting with the Boston rapper about his album, his kicks, and the Celtics

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Juvenile: ‘400 Degreez’ | Vol. 3 Ep. 2

Jinx and Shea are joined by Oscar-winning producer and Ringer staff member Van Lathan to discuss ‘400 Degreez’ by Cash Money Records’ breakout star, Juvenile

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The 50 Best Works of Will Smith’s Career

From movies and TV to albums and songs—and a few miscellaneous items in between—here is the definitive ranking of everything Will Smith

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‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’: Anatomy of a Perfect Theme Song

All it takes is a few words and boom—you’re right back in the mid-’90s, watching Will Smith play ball in West Philadelphia

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The Misunderstood Legacy of Will Smith’s Music Career

The man formerly known as the Fresh Prince won the first rap Grammy, but is rarely looked upon as an impactful artist these days. His evolution in hip-hop is more interesting than he’s given credit for.

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Chuck Klosterman, Alice in Chains, and Grunge

Taking with the author about the legendary Seattle band and his new book, ‘The Nineties’

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ATEEZ’s Guide to the Pirate Life

The eight-member K-pop group talks about the philosophy behind their elaborate performances, their bond, and what life on the (metaphorical) open seas brings

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Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show Preview. Plus: Mitski’s ‘Laurel Hell’

Charles and Grace discuss what to expect from Dr. Dre and Co. this Sunday

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Madvillain: ‘Madvillainy’ | Vol. 3 Ep. 1

Jinx and Shea discuss how the late MF DOOM laid abstract rap concepts over sultry beats on tracks like "All Caps" and "Curls," while giving all praise to Madlib, one of the greatest hip-hop producers of all time