Designer and data scientist Matt Daniels charted this neat comparison of vocabularies in hip hop. At the bottom of the chart you can see DMX with only 3,214 unique words. Outkast has more unique words in their lyrics than Shakespeare, but everyone is way behind Aesop Rock, who rules with 7,392 words. »
Kendrick Lamar released a track today called "i", his first new track since good kid, m.A.A.d city. It's... something else. It's upbeat and all about self-love and also just a little off. Listen to "Cartoons and Cereal" instead. »
Today would have been Tupac's 43rd birthday, so what better time than tonight to post the classic "Changes"? »
Examining rap lyrics to measure quality of life in Compton. An ambitious housing plan from New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. How Boston is changing thanks to one architecture firm. Why Atlanta is putting all its money on the BeltLine. Plus, Bike Month! All in this week's Urban Reads! »
Earlier this week, Bob Dylan graced us with an interactive music video for "Like a Rolling Stone" that featured a bunch of faux cable channels you could click through. Today, the seemingly omnipresent Pharrell is giving you another reason to love music videos yet again, with a 24-hour vid for the song "Happy." »
In May of 2000 three legends of hip-hop formed a supergroup and created something nobody saw coming: A futuristic, sci-fi rap album. Over the years, Deltron 3030 has developed an almost fanatical cult following. The long awaited sequel—officially released today—is likely to do the same. »
Drake dropped his latest album, Nothing Was the Same, today. This is the video for "Hold On We're Going Home," which not at all believable because there's no way in hell Aubrey Drake Graham knows his way around an automatic weapon.
R. Kelly is back with a new single called "Genius" and he's singing about his favorite topic: sex, obviously. Hey, the man sticks to what he knows.
Rappers have had a love affair with technology that started long before Biggie Smalls was name-checking Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis. And their rhymes cover everything from the CEOs to mobile platforms. Here, we present you with the best tech references in rap: »
Chance the Rapper's breakout mixtape, Acid Rap, is my favorite thing I've laid ears on in a long, long time. Inspired in part by Chance's experiences on LSD, it's a piece of music that jaunts through something like half a dozen different genres from jazz to funk to soul to pop to create some a trippy, upbeat version… »
2 Chainz is likeable for several reasons. One, he used to go by Tity Boi, but he changed his moniker to be more family friendly. Two, he laces his lyrics with some of the best tech references of any rapper. Best example? Gotta pocket full of dead prez/attached to your girl like a jpeg. »
Yesterday Kanye West's "Cruel Summer" Mixtape leaked. In the typical grandiose style of 'ye, it's packed with just about every artist who's big in hip hop right now. The morning is one of the songs off the G.O.O.D. Music compilation, and it might be one of the first hip hop bangers to make a Mark Zuckerberg… »
Everything about this clip is wonderful. As we mourn the loss of Adam "MCA" Yauch, Portland dad James Winters gathered his kids and his nephew to pay tribute to the late Beastie Boy with this recreation of the music video for "Sabotage." »