Tag: Perspectives

The Rise of Depression Rap

Music has always been about releasing emotions, and recently the mainstream hip-hop world has turned to the dark-side with what I call “Depression Rap.” Different than cut-and-dried hip-hop, this evolving offshoot of rap deals with introspective negative thoughts generally about self-deprecation, grim emotions, and as heard recently on Kanye West’s Ye, suicide. Although there have been many

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Kanye West Proves It’s Time to Kill Your Heroes

The latest controversy from the man who lives to be divisive is just further proof that it’s time we stop relying on our “heroes” to change the world. “I am a firm believer that there is rarely a straight line between good and evil.” – Nicholas Denmon  When shit hits the fan, is you still

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Here’s Why J. Cole Needs Features

By now, any stan or hater knows the half-joke, half-praise J. Cole receives for “going platinum with no features” on 2014 Forest Hills Drive. He did it twice if you consider Ari Lennox’s contributions on 4 Your Eyez Only to be “additional vocals” and not a credited feature. And he’s almost guaranteed to do it again for his recent drop, KOD. But

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