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Whichever team you side with in the ongoing “old heads” versus “new school” argument — which took hold of Twitter this week thanks to Lupe Fiasco, Talib Kweli and this Complex article (and eventually Complex EiC NCB with a response only a true O.G. could give) — here’s something that might help make peace between the two camps.

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In case you needed a little break from rap music in 2015, GrandGood compiled some of the more notable clips from Stretch & Bobbito’s radio show. You’re going to find joints from the likes of Slick Rick, Black Moon, Keith Murray and more on this mix.

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Ms. Lauryn donated this fantastic cover to the upcoming Nina Revisited: A Tribute to Nina album which will accompany her Netflix documentary.

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During the ’90s, Three 6 Mafia weren’t the only ones to make noise in the city of Memphis. There was a hoard of underground cats making spooky trap music that never got their just due. Lil’ Noidis one of those unsung heroes.

Discovered by Juicy J, the eerie songs from Noid didn’t quite break through to the mainstream in 1995, but die hard fans of the early Memphis sound know what he’s about. The vinyl press up of the re-release is available for purchase here.

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Kanye West can finally stop dealing with a 2013 lawsuit over a sample used on his Yeezus single, “Bound 2.” The suit was filed by a soul singer of The Ponderosa Twins Plus One, Ricky Spicer, who named Yeezy, Roc-A-Fella Records, Universal Music Group and Island Def Jam Music Group for use of their song “Bound.”

At this time, both sides have reportedly come to a settlement for an undisclosed amount. Spicer was seeking compensation because his altered voice can be heard throughout the chorus singing the lyrics “Bound, bound/ Bound to fall in love.”

Listen to The Ponderosa Twins Plus One’s version below…


asap rocky purple swag

Flacko Jodye Season is approaching, but Complex takes it back to A$AP Rocky’s breakout single “Purple Swag” in the latest episode of Magnum Opus. A$AP Ferg, A$AP Nast, A$AP Bari, Chace Infinite, Bun B and others look back on the record that not only launched the career of New York City’s biggest current rap star, but ushered in a new sound and look into the streets of hip-hop’s birthplace.

Rocky’s forthcoming album At.Long.Last.A$AP is set to drop on May 12.

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So today marks five years since Wiz Khalifa dropped Kush & Orange Juice, and I’m sat here wondering where the hell time has gone. Sitting down with MTV News, the Taylor Gang chief looks back on his breakout mixtape, which preceded the blond fringe, the baby mama drama and, if I’m being honest, three disappointing studio albums.

It was sort of me coming to change what I had seen and what I knew there was a void in the game of. That was that ride and smokin’ music, that chillin’, relaxin’ shit that I do on the everyday anyway. That was my angle when I did that.

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eminem 50 cent

50 Cent’s “In Da Club,” for all intents and purposes, was the perfect breakout single. It managed to strike that sweet spot between the clubs and the streets while going on to become the biggest song of 2003, as well as 50’s career. But you’ll never believe how “In Da Club” became 50’s introduction to the world.

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kendrick lamar 2pac

As you may have noticed, Kendrick Lamar’s new album To Pimp a Butterfly dropped a week early last night. I’ve already dedicated this entire morning to listening to it — like everyone else, am I right? — but I’m not even attempting to write anything that resembles an album review before giving it more time to sink in (come back to me in, like, three weeks — there’s a lot to digest here).

However, an instant highlight of the album — and something that all the skits appear to build towards — is an interview with 2Pac at the end of the closing track, “Mortal Man.” It’s set up as a conversation between Kendrick and his hero, but we all know that’s not really the case. Instead, Pac’s powerful words are lifted from an interview he gave to Swedish radio station P3 in November 1994 — two weeks before the Quad Studios shooting, no less.

Coincidentally, P3 recently interviewed Kendrick Lamar (along with Joey Bada$$), which is also worth checking out. Listen to that here.

Listen to the full 2Pac interview below…


kanye west 2003

Throwback Thursday Tuesday? While Yeezy Season continues to sweep the world, here’s a gem from the pre-College Dropout vaults that Channel Dynamic unearthed: Kanye West performing an earlier — and more stripped-down — version of “Gold Digger” with John Legend back in 2003. Yes, two full years before the song would go on to top the charts, break digital download records and go triple platinum. That Reese’s tee, though?

Watch the vintage clip below…


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