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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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From R. Kelly to Chris Brown, Should We Separate Artists From Their Art?

It’s difficult in the world of entertainment to separate the artist from the art. With hip-hop and R&B, the relationship between artist, art and how we view the relationship between the two is in constant flux.

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Has Justin Bieber’s R&B Dream Been Deferred by Dismal Sales of ‘Journals’?

Justin Bieber is the reigning prince of pop music but recently Biebs has taken a turn for the sultry and soulful with his decidedly R&B album, 'Journals.' But are Beliebers and R&B fans ready for Justin's latest incarnation as a slow grinding-crooner?

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Tamar Braxton Talks 2014 Grammy Nominations, Career Obstacles & Marriage [Exclusive Interview]

Tamar Braxton believed all her dreams had come true when she received three Soul Train Music Awards this year, but little did she know there were more on the way.

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Bow Down: How ‘Beyonce’ Broke Music Industry Rules

Friday the 13th is an unlucky day, but not if your name is Beyonce. The global superstar earned a fortune since the surprise release of her eponymous fifth album exclusively on iTunes last week -- with a $15.99 price tag. She skipped the traditional marketing route altogether, which became a career-defining moment that has blown the minds of fans and industry insiders alike.

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Ledisi Opens Up About ‘The Truth’ Album, Self-Love and Embracing Change [Exclusive Interview]

From the first time Ledisi showcased her vocals on the Grammy-nominated 2007 LP, 'Lost & Found,' the New Orleans-born singer proved to be a stellar balladeer by far. While she carries the torch of jazz-style vocalization proudly -- it's been a common thread throughout projects like 'Turn Me Loose' and 'Pieces of Me' -- her upcoming album, 'The Truth,' due Feb. 11 via Verve Music Group, will show fans a different side of her.

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