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Does Drake Have A Classic Album? | For The Record

Drake is one of the biggest rap stars of the decade, dropping five solo albums, a collaborative album with Future, and a pair of mixtapes since 2010. While the rapper is known for chart-topping hits, his albums have sparked more debate. Does Drake have classic albums? If so, which ones? To further discuss the topic, Genius’ Head of Artist Relations Rob Markman convened a panel consisting of cultural critic Lowkey, Rap Radar’s Brian “B. Dot” Miller, and Sirius XM’s Tracy G. on the latest episode of ‘For The Record.’
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Is J. Cole The Greatest Rapper Right Now? | For The Record

On J. Cole’s first single of 2019, ‘MIDDLE CHILD,’ the North Carolina rapper contemplates his place between the old and new generations of hip-hop. Despite Cole’s respect for both groups of rappers, the Dreamville boss ultimately concludes on the T-Minus-produced track that he’s the “greatest right now.” To discuss Cole’s claim, Genius’ Head of Artist Relations Rob Markman sat down with ‘Clubhouse’ podcast host Mouse Jones, co-host of ‘Black Girl Podcast’ Gia Peppers, and media personality Jameer Pond on the latest episode of ‘For The Record.’
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Future Discusses ‘The WIZRD,’ His “King’s Dead” Verse & Quitting Lean | For The Record

Future is kicking off 2019 with his latest album, Future Hndrxx Presents: The WIZRD. The new project, which was previewed by ‘Crushed Up’ and ‘Jumping on a Jet,’ serves as the proper follow-up to 2017’s FUTURE and HNDRXX. On the latest episode of ‘For The Record,’ Future sat down with Genius’ Head of Artist Relations Rob Markman to discuss The WIZRD, break down his memorable verse on Jay Rock’s ‘King’s Dead,’ and show his appreciation for André 3000’s support.
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Ice Cube Talks ‘Everythang’s Corrupt,’ Best Diss Tracks & Inspiration For ‘Friday’ | For The Record

Over thirty years into Ice Cube’s music career, the gangster rap pioneer is still releasing new material. In December 2018, the West Coast legend dropped his latest album, Everythang’s Corrupt, a sociopolitical body of work which takes on President Trump, the prescription pill epidemic, and police corruption. On the latest episode of ‘For The Record,’ Ice Cube sat down with Genius’ Head of Artist Relations Rob Markman to discuss why he isn’t afraid to speak his mind, explain his rules for diss tracks, and share the real-life inspiration for his 1995 classic film Friday.
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21 Savage Talks ‘I Am Greater Than I Was,’ Working With J. Cole & His Whisper Flow | For The Record

On the latest episode of For The Record, 21 Savage sat down with Genius’ Head of Artist Relations Rob Markman to discuss the making of i am > i was, collaborating with J. Cole on ‘a lot’, and developing his whisper flow. Read more

What Was The Best Album Of 2018? | For The Record

2018 was another big year for hip-hop, with Cardi B, Drake, J. Cole, Nicki Minaj, and Eminem all releasing high-profile albums. Travi$ Scott ascended to superstardom, while JAY-Z and Beyoncé joined forces on EVERYTHING IS LOVE and Pusha-T dropped the most acclaimed album of his career to kick off G.O.O.D. Music’s five-week run of releases. To break down the year in music, Genius’ Head of Artist Relations Rob Markman sat down with radio host and best-selling author Charlamagne Tha God, Rap Radar’s Brian “B.Dot” Miller, and Cinematic Management’s Hovain Hylton on the latest episode of For The Record.
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Lil Baby On ‘Street Gossip,’ ATL’s Rap Scene And That Memorable “Yes Indeed” Line | For The Record

Lil Baby closed out 2018 strong with Street Gossip. It comes on the heels of the Atlanta rapper’s debut album, Harder Than Ever, and Drip Harder, his collaborative project with frequent collaborator Gunna. On the latest episode of ‘For The Record,’ Baby sat down with Genius’ Head of Artist Relations Rob Markman to discuss Street Gossip, his natural chemistry with Gunna, and collaborating with Drake on his breakthrough hit, ‘Yes Indeed.’
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How Will 6ix9ine’s Federal Charges Impact His Music Career? | For The Record

Brooklyn rapper 6ix9ine’s meteoric rise has been plagued with legal issues, starting with his guilty plea in a sexual misconduct case involving a minor. Most recently, he was arrested on federal charges of armed robbery, racketeering, and drug trafficking for which he faces up to life in prison. It’s already made a direct impact on 6ix9ine’s career, as his debut album, DUMMY BOY, was initially pushed back before an online leak prompted the rapper to release the project in full.
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Charlamagne Tha God Discusses His Book ‘Shook Ones,’ Mental Health And Kanye West | For The Record

Charlamagne Tha God’s second book Shook One: Anxiety Playing Tricks on Me details his ongoing journey of working through anxiety with the help of therapy. The media personality hopes that his story will encourage other people by removing some of the stigmas around mental health issues. On the latest episode of ‘For The Record,’ Charlamagne sits down with Genius’ Head of Artist Relations Rob Markman to discuss the book, mental health in hip-hop, and the conversation around Kanye West.
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Is Eminem’s ‘Kamikaze’ Good Or Bad? | For The Record

Eminem surprise-released his tenth studio album Kamikaze just in time for Labor Day weekend. In addition to dissing many rappers on the project, Eminem also airs out his issues with ghostwriting and mumble rap. On the latest episode of ‘For The Record,’ Genius’ Head of Artist Relations Rob Markman sat down with media personality Jameer Pond, music journalist Sowmya Krishnamurthy, and Letty Peniche, On-Air Correspondent for Genius News, to get their thoughts on Kamikaze.
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Is Drake’s ‘In My Feelings’ 2018’s Song Of Summer? | For The Record

Summer 2018 is winding down, but the debate about which artist earned the official song of the summer is just heating up. For the latest episode of ‘For the Record’, Genius’ head of artist relations Rob Markman is joined by Rap Radar’s Brian “B.Dot” Miller, DJ Miss Milan, and ‘Billboard’s hip-hop editor Carl Lamarre. Together, the panel tackles this year’s crop of summer hits, from Drake’s ‘In My Feelings’ to Cardi B’s ‘I Like It’ and Juice WRLD’s ‘Lucid Dreams.’
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Can ‘Love & Hip-Hop’ Produce Another Star Like Cardi B? | For The Record

The 2018 MTV Video Music Awards went a couple nights ago and Cardi B took home two awards, including Best New Artist. The Bronx native is a unique success story, first finding fame on Instagram before appearing on ‘Love & Hip-Hop: New York’ and jumpstarting her rap career. On the latest episode of Genius’ ‘For The Record,’ Rob Markman sat down with Spotify Head of Urban Carl Chery, Power 105.1’s DJ Self, and ‘Love & Hip-Hop’ star and New York rapper DreamDoll to discuss Cardi’s biggest VMA moments and debate whether ‘Love & Hip-Hop’ can produce another star like her.
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