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I’ve been watching Kain Carter AKA hotdamnirock’s videos for years. This YouTube personality has been through a lot. But through it all he’s always made us laugh. All he did was talk about his life. That’s all that Kain Carter did. From that, the hotdamnirock YouTube personality’s channel was born. Things that happened to him were hilarious. I couldn’t relate to all the stories, but I could relate to Kain Carter’s feeling of fear, confusion, and rational thinking. I quickly subscribed to the hotdamnirock YouTube page and didn’t look back. Every week I had something new to look forward to.…

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It’s been a few days and I think it’s time that we discussed Rapsody! First of all, her album was incredible. No singing, no gimmick’s just straight bars! She sounds even better when she’s rapping over a 9th Wonder produced track. Let me tell you, to hear her growth over these years is jaw dropping. We can all listen past the lisp (although admittedly I still tease sometimes, like I do Shannon Sharpe) because in those words we’re getting something that’s going to change the world. Listening to her album, and her overall flow it reminds me a lot of…

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It’s safe to say that Nicki Minaj has felt like the only female rapper that we’ve had in the game for the last six years. She came into the industry with her mind on taking over the game, and she did just that within a year it felt like. However, since her ascent, it’s feels like she is now a gimmick artist, and the gimmick culture is beginning to change. I know that many young people don’t remember, but there was a time where female rappers were ruling the industry. From Foxy Brown and Lil Kim, to Charlie Baltimore…

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J. Cole has surely already flooded us with enough to talk about with just one song. False Prophets was thought provoking, honest, and just raw. J Cole said things that all of us have been both thinking and saying about our heroes in the music industry. But while we were steadily talking about False Prophets, Cole sneaked another video on us called “Everybody Gotta Die.” A song that where we see J. Cole seriously exercising his lyrical prowess over a smooth instrumental. For so long J. Cole has been flooding us with sobbing songs about his struggles with fame, that…

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“Cole world make way for the chosen one! What you now hear is putting fear in all the older ones!” Yes people! J cole is back! It took him long enough! I can barely contain my excitement as i’m typing right now! J Cole has been very quiet these last few years since he dropped his critically acclaimed album 2014 Forest Hills Drive. The first album in 25 years to go platinum with no features (They should turn that house into a national monument.) I feel as though I have a personal stake in J Cole’s success, I put everyone…

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Dave Chappelle is one of the most influential comedians of this century. His wit and impeccable comedic timing are nothing short of genius. He reels you in with facts, and sometimes a deep personal story that makes you reflect and then in an instant he makes you burst out laughing. He touched all of our hearts with the Chappelle show and the whole country tuned in to see what this legendary show would do week in and week out. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRZN7IzvCVs&t=40s But then Dave Chappelle left us after 3 seasons of the Chappelle show and we never thought we would see…

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We, as an audience, can hear when music is truly unique, the artist doesn’t have to tell us how good they are. The body of work speaks for itself. Listening to “Dangerous Woman” by Stefan James, I heard a sound that the music industry has been craving for a long time. Stefan James can ride the beat effortlessly, his voice blends in with any song and you can feel the passion from his mouth to your bones. Immediately when “Dangerous Woman” started playing, I couldn’t help but smile because I knew that this song was a hit. When you mix…

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Since she was in Destiny’s Child, Beyonce has been all over our televisions. A country girl from Texas who loves who she is. We’ve all been blown away with how much fun Beyonce has been, and how her songs inspired a generation of women (even some guys, but mostly women.). She’s been met with criticism of being just as sexed up as all the other women artists. You’ve heard it “She’s always shaking that butt and wearing these short clothes, it’s classless.” Whenever that’s heard the beyhive comes from mining the honeycomb to attack whoever is trying to destroy the…

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Why is it that Kendrick Lamar’s 3 non-album songs could be put on an EP and be better than most albums? He’s passionate, he realizes his influence, and is a leader. Kendrick doesn’t seem to be motivated by money, or a lavish lifestyle. He’s motivated by people, his love for mankind, and god’s will. Kendrick’s will from god is to inspire. Kendrick takes his talents and leads. No one can tell him what he does is wrong because he’s well rooted in his morals and who he is. We all know that Kendrick couldn’t have gotten here on his own…

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Adele really took the world by storm when she dropped her albums 19 & 21. Every accolade that was available she won and deservedly so. She has such an amazing and soulful voice that everyone wanted to let her soothing sounds penetrate their ears. But once she had to have surgery on her throat so many of us began to worry that things could be taking a turn for the singer. Then she had her child and we all thought, maybe she’ll just take a year or so off, she knows that we can’t go without her that long. That…

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