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10 Years Ago: The Beastie Boys Respond to 9/11 With ‘To The 5 Boroughs’

Devastated by the 9/11 attacks on their hometown of New York City, the Beastie Boys made their most serious and politically charged album ever.

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Attention Rappers: Fewer Mixtapes, More Singles

Why rappers who're trying to build their buzz and "feed the streets" should drop hot singles instead of overly long mixtapes.

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On Troy Ave, Fans, Critics and the Rules of Engagement

Boombox contributor Preezy weighs in on the recent Troy Ave controversy.

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Atmosphere’s Slug Talks ‘Southsiders,’ Writing About Eyedea and Passion [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

We sat down with Atmosphere frontman and Rhymesayers co-founder Slug to talk about his 'Southsiders' album, his new approach to music and putting personal experience and passion into his work.

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Why the Notorious B.I.G. Is the Most Influential Rapper of All Time

Ask any rapper who their biggest influences are and you’ll probably hear the same answers across the board: Big Daddy Kane, Rakim and Kool G Rap on the East Coast, Scarface, Pimp C, and Eightball & MJG in the South, and Ice Cube and Snoop Dogg out West. But why doesn’t anyone mention the most influential rapper of all time, The Notorious B.I.G.?

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Do Posthumous Albums Damage an Artist’s Legacy?

How should we feel about posthumous albums from deceased artists like Michael Jackson and Aaliyah?

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Bas Talks ‘Last Winter,’ His Growth As an Artist and What It Means to Be a ‘Fiend’ [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

We caught up with Bas to talk about 'Last Winter,' why the Fiends are truly a movement to move with, and his maturation as an artist.

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A Brief History of Rappers Singing

From Sugar Hill Gang to Biz Markie to Kanye to Drake, this is the abbreviated history of crooning MCs.

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15 Years Later: Revisiting ‘Murda Muzik,’ ‘Ryde Or Die’ and ‘Soundbombing 2′

We take a look back at these three landmark albums released and April. 27, 1999 and decide which one stands above the rest.

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Pharoahe Monch Talks ‘P.T.S.D.,’ The Knicks, and Why This Could Be His Last Album [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

We talk with the legendary lyricist about his latest project 'P.T.S.D.', making thoughtful music and the struggles of New York Knicks fan.

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