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Countdown to Nicki Minaj’s ‘Pink Friday’: ‘The Come Up’

Before she became Young Money's wig-wearing first lady, Nicki Minaj was a female emcee pushing mixtapes and freestyles from the ground up. As we prepare for the unveiling of Nicki's debut, 'Pink Friday,' on November 23, The BoomBox will be taking a trip down memory lane every Friday in anticipation of Barbie's big day. Check out Chapter One after the jump.

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Inside Pimp C’s 13-Track Requiem, ‘The Naked Soul of Sweet Jones’

When we lost Pimp C back on December 4, 2007 to a "sizzurp" overdose, a huge void was left within hip-hop, as Pimp C truly lived up to his "pimp" moniker. The UGK member was the mouthpiece for dirty rhym

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The Pen vs. The Mic: When Music Meets the Press

In the opening lines of 'Tyrone,' Erykah Badu provides a disclaimer: "Now keep in mind that I'm an artist, and I'm sensitive about my s---." No truer words could be spoken in regards to the tumultuous relationship between artist and critic. Artists need the press to fuel their careers; yet wh

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Best Rock Covers of Rap and R&B Songs

Cross-genre song covers are always more interesting than regular cover songs. More times than not, the covering artist can perform a song only in the way they know how, giving it a whole new shape as opposed to some karaoke-esque interpretation fit for 'American Idol

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The Top 5 Reasons to Invest in Bun B’s ‘Trill O.G.’

Earlier this week, UGK living legend Bun B unveiled his third solo album, 'Trill OG,' at Damon Dash's Dash Gallery in New York's Tribeca neighborhood. Those in attendance -- Slim Thug, Chamillionaire, Asher Roth and other select tastemakers -- were tr

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The Roots Unveil ‘How I Got Over’ in New York

Last night, New York City was blessed by the legendary Roots crew beyond their nightly in-house band duties for 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.' The hip-hop band was hosting their first listening session at Legacy Studios for their ninth full-length studio album, 'How I Got Over,' an album reminiscent of 2002's 'Phrenology' with obvious natural progression.

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