Marcus Arman

How to Make Your YouTube Video Blow Up

Kevin "Kereal" Walker and Tommy "Tgunnz" Piccirilli have been rapping together for the better part of a decade. The duo -- known as KT Borderline -- have their fair share of stories about day jobs and failed label meetings. But it looks like they're about to turn a corner. Their......
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David Sabastian: A Rapper and Fashionista on the Verge

"Not to be vague, but I think everybody of this generation has Anti in them," emerging rapper David Sabastian argues, sweat trickling down his face. It's hot out here. Twenty minutes earlier, he was spray-painting an empty swimming pool, dressed in a black, mostly leather outfit and matching ski mask......
Mac Miller

Five Rappers That Fans Love and Critics Can't Stand

Not all rappers need critical adoration to achieve commercial success. Some use negative reviews as motivation, others dismiss them as hate, and a few of them probably don't know what constitutes a review. But it's commendable anytime an artist reaches some level of success. In fact, some of the most......
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Casey Veggies: Our Interview With the 19-Year-Old Phenom

The 19-year-old rapper Casey Veggies is a founding member of Odd Future, he built a considerable buzz with his 2010 release Sleeping In Class. He put off college in favor of a three-month nationwide tour with Mac Miller, and went on to ink a management deal with Jay Z's Roc......

Om'Mas Keith Helped Make Frank Ocean's Album. He's Far Out

A native of Hollis, Queens, and current resident of Los Feliz, producer Om'Mas Keith broke through with Ice-T signees Raw Breed in 1997, and has since accumulated production and mixing credits on Jay Z's Kingdom Come, Erykah Badu's New Amerykah, Pt. 1: 4th World War and Rick Ross' Rise To......
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The Best Beat Tapes From L.A. Producers This Year

Instrumental albums -- also known as beat tapes -- give hip-hop producers a direct connection with fans, without any of those annoying lyrics on top of them. These can often be a nice change of pace. But make no mistake, they aren't albums to zone out to, or to put......
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The Five Most Annoyingly Overplayed Songs at Greystone Manor

Greystone Manor is the trendy WeHo nightclub usually filled to capacity with A-listers, desperate housewives, Arabian sheiks, ball players, dot-com CEOs and others who have something to do with reality television. Any given Sunday night you might witness Drake buying twenty bottles or Rihanna and Chris Brown stealing sideways glances......
YG and Tyga

Top Five Ratchet Songs of 2012

Ratchet music emerged in 2012 as the preferred sound for rap fans on the west coast looking to party. Though it kicked off in Shreveport, Louisiana, Los Angeles producer DJ Mustard uprooted the formula and molded it for folks like YG, HBK and Tyga. The result? An inescapable mesh of......

Bridget Everett and Ad-Rock Get Raunchy

Bridget Everett is a lot of woman. Beloved throughout the New York City downtown club scene for being in your face -- and maybe in your lap -- Everett performs at Largo on Sunday with her backing band, the Tender Moments. The bassist for said group just happens to be......

Jay Rock Interview: Kendrick Lamar's Crewmate Is About to Pop

Kendrick Lamar's good kid, m.A.A.d city is the frontrunner for hip-hop album of the year, and one of its most discussed verses comes from his Black Hippy crewmate Jay Rock. Far from new to the game, Jay Rock has put out music both on major labels and independently, he's been......