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Marsha Ambrosius Opens Up About ‘Friends & Lovers,’ Floetry Reunion & More [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

Marsha Ambrosius is frustrated. Not because she's having a bad hair day or stuck in traffic. The British-born singer is anxious to release her sophomore solo album, 'Friends & Lovers,' but the major record label system is holding her back. She's forced to wait until RCA Records sets a time frame to promote her music. So while the project is complete and ready to go on her side, Ambrosius plans to release an EP to quench her fans' thirst for her product.

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ScHoolboy Q, ‘Oxymoron’ [ALBUM REVIEW]

Has ScHoolboy Q struck gold with his major label debut, 'Oxymoron,' or missed the mark?

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Does TLC’s ‘FanMail’ Stand the Test of Time?

Fifteen years ago on Feb. 23, 1999, TLC, the best-selling American female group of all-time, released their third album, 'FanMail.' This would be the last project featuring Chili, T-Boz and Left Eye before the latter's untimely death in 2002. Their dynamic was undeniable and they earned quite a few accolades for their achievements, but does this album stand the test of time?

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25 Best ’80s Songs

From Eric B. & Rakim's 'Paid in Full' to Michael Jackson's 'Billie Jean,' take a trip down memory lane with the 25 Best '80 Songs.

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Dusty Kessler, Tumblr
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Will 2014 Be the Year of Chance the Rapper?

Newcomer Chance the Rapper is a hot commodity -- record labels want him but they just can't seem to get their hands on him. The Chicago-born rapper is on everyone's radar right now and he's done it

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Mark Mainz, Getty Images
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Does Kanye West’s ‘The College Dropout’ Stand the Test of Time?

Ten years ago today, Kanye West released his debut solo album, 'The College Dropout.' That also happened to be the day he shifted the paradigm of hip-hop.

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25 Best Sex Songs

Sex is a part of life. In hip-hop and R&B, rappers and singers have never been afraid to express themselves sexually in a song -- they get right to the point.

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Once You Go Pop, Your Street Cred Drops

Describing their music and their own 'Buhloone Mindstate' on the 1993 album of the same name, De La Soul gave us the keep-it-real musical mantra “It might blow up, but it won’t go pop.” To the purist hip-hop community, the designation pop is an anathema. The assertion that an artist has compromised her or his artistic integrity and alienated their core audience in order to pander to a larger mainstream audience makes them the lowest of low -- a "sell out." But no one embarks on a career to stay broke, so what's an MC to do?

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Salaam Remi Talks New LP, Working With Amy Winehouse, Mack Wilds, Miguel & More [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

Salaam Remi sits down with The Boombox to discuss his new album, 'One: In the Chamber,' working with Amy Winehouse, Mack Wilds and more.

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Why Peter Gunz Gives Love in Hip-Hop a Bad Rap

Peter Gunz is giving love in hip-hop a bad rap. The turmoil regarding the rapper's love triangle has been the highlight of VH1's ‘Love & Hip Hop: New York' this season. Episode after episode, he hangs his head in shame after getting caught in a web of lies by the mother of his children, Tara, and his failed attempt to keep his wife, Amina, a secret.

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