In 2012, melanin levels are no longer much of a factor in overground rap credibility. See, for example, the success of Yelawolf, plying a trunk-rattling Southern sound, on one hand, and the lighthearted, so-called "frat rap" of Mac Miller on the other. Now entering the mainstream fray is Machine ... More >>
This was Southern rap's year.
Yesterday I was hanging in the studio with Jim Jonsin, the local producer extraordinaire who produced two of the biggest hip-hop tracks of the year, Lil Wayne's "Lollipop" and T.I.'s "Whatever You Like." We were basically chopping it up about music, the industry, his upcoming five Grammy nominati ... More >>
Why da Bears will spank the Colts come Sunday
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