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Jan. 9th, 2018

Artist Spotlight: Joyner Lucas

The “I’m Not Racist” rapper hit a nerve with the music video release. He’s got the music- and political-minded talking. We sit down with him for more on the man. “I’m Not Racist” showcases two opposing PoVs on the topic-of-the-moment. The video has received critical acclaim as well as backlash. On his first album on a major label (508–507–2280), Joyner Lucas tells stories. It’s a niche he’s carved out for himself since his 2015 hit “Ross Capicchioni” (about the attempted murder of a Detroit teen by a gang inductee posing as a friend). Lucas, 29, is one of the truly gifted, lyrical MCs making music in today’s pop-rap scene. His music tells the stories of individu

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Nov. 22nd, 2017

Super Producers Don’t Know How to Feel About Tags Either

From left to right: Bryan Michael-Cox, FKi 1st, Honorable CNOTE, Bangladesh, Sonny Digital at A3C 2017 At this year’s A3C Music Conference, a panel of super producers—including Bryan-Michael Cox, FKi 1st, Honorable C.N.O.T.E., Bangladesh, and Sonny Digital—quickly fell into a discussion of producer tags. Good? Bad? Necessary? Overused? “People don’t care about producers anymore unfortunately because they don’t read credits. And here’s the thing; where can I read credits?” – Joe Budden, The Joe Budden Podcast 🖤 A post shared by 1st (@fki1st) on Nov 4, 2017 at 12:47pm PDT There’s a lot of contention in the field of tags or “drops” by producers. Like

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Nov. 21st, 2017

Are Beefs Good For Business?

A Ma-Minaj Case Study Celebrities move in the public eye and not all of those moves are authentic. “For the cameras” relationships and fake fights are nothing new. So it can be hard to tell what’s real and what’s not. After French Montana (and a lot of sources around the internet) claimed the Drake/Meek Mill beef was fake, it was harder for people to believe in the Remy Ma and Nicki Minaj feud. Especially after years of almost-collaborations and supportive words between the two. We’ll probably never know for sure whether these beefs are fake or simply overblown, but we can look at the numbers and evaluate whether artists are profiting from them. Remy Ma vs Nick Minaj has been the m

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