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Wale Talks New Album, J. Cole Friendship, & Rift With Kid Cudi | For The Record

Wale has returned with his sixth studio album, Wow… That’s Crazy, marking nearly 10 years since his official debut, Attention Deficit. Wale sat down with Genius’ Head of Artist Relations Rob Markman for a ‘For The Record’ discussion on the album, which boasts features from artists like Meek Mill, Rick Ross, and Megan Thee Stallion. During the wide-ranging interview, Wale explained his struggles with “imposter syndrome,” discussed his friendship with J. Cole, and opened up about why he hasn’t reconciled with Kid Cudi after all these years.
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Lil’ Kim On Her Legacy & Working With City Girls | For The Record

Fresh off winning BET’s I Am Hip-Hop award, Lil’ Kim stopped by ‘For The Record’ to discuss her fifth studio album, 9. During the candid conversation with Genius’ Head of Artist Relations Rob Markman, Kim looked back on her decades-long career, discussed working with City Girls, and shared her thoughts on Jermaine Dupri’s controversial comments about today’s women MCs.
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Damian Lillard On ‘Big D.O.L.L.A.,’ & His Rap Battle With Marvin Bagley III | For The Record

NBA point guard Damian Lillard began rapping under the name Dame D.O.L.L.A. long before his career with the Portland Trail Blazers. The Oakland native’s most recent album is Big D.O.L.L.A., featuring appearances by Lil Wayne, Mozzy, and Jeremih. On the latest episode of ‘For The Record,’ Lillard sat down with Genius’ Head of Artist Relations Rob Markman to discuss the album, explain why he stays an independent artist, and break down his rap battle with Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III. Continue reading “Damian Lillard On ‘Big D.O.L.L.A.,’ & His Rap Battle With Marvin Bagley III | For The Record”

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Polo G On ‘Die A Legend’ & Growing Up In Chicago | For The Record

In June, Polo G released his debut album, Die a Legend. The project came on the heels of the rising Chicago rapper’s first Billboard Hot 100 hit, ‘Pop Out’ with Lil Tjay. On the latest episode of ‘For The Record,’ the young MC sat down with Genius’ Head of Artist Relations Rob Markman to discuss Die a Legend, the unexpected rise of ‘Pop Out,’ and why he raps about giving back to the community. Continue reading “Polo G On ‘Die A Legend’ & Growing Up In Chicago | For The Record”

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Rapsody Explains Why She’s Not A “Female MC” & Raps A Lauryn Hill Verse | For The Record

Rapsody’s latest album, Eve, is stacked with guest appearances by J. Cole, GZA, JID, Queen Latifah, D’Angelo, and more. More notably, the North Carolina rapper makes a concerted effort to pay tribute to her inspirations, naming each song on the 16-track project after a black woman. On the latest episode of For The Record, Rapsody sat down with Genius’ Head of Artist Relations Rob Markman to discuss Eve, speak out against fans pitting women artists against each other, and explain why she doesn’t let the term “lyricist” limit her.
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Afro B Breaks Down “Drogba (Joanna)” Lyrics & Meaning on Verified

Afro B’s ‘Drogba (Joanna)’ has found a strong audience with more than 41 million YouTube views to date. It is produced by Team Salut and appears on Afrowave 2. On the track, Afro B sings about a beautiful woman who catches everyone’s attention.
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Lil Nas X Breaks Down “Old Town Road” Lyrics & Meaning on Verified

Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ has risen to prominence after the song went viral on TikTok and now has more than 78 million Spotify streams to date. The single is produced by YoungKio, Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor. On the track, Lil Nas X raps about starting on the road to fame and fortune with only the bare minimum.
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YBN Almighty Jay Breaks Down “Let Me Breathe” Lyrics & Meaning on Verified

YBN Almighty Jay’s ‘Let Me Breathe’ has found a strong audience with nearly 5 million YouTube views to date. Released after he was attacked in New York City, YBN Almighty Jay raps about being hounded by the press and fans who only focus on the negative.
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T-Pain Genius Level: The Voice That Changed Pop Music (Full Interview)

On March 19, groundbreaking rapper, singer, and producer T-Pain stopped by Genius for the latest installment of Genius Level, their live conversation series with icons of the music business, including influential artists, songwriters, producers, and executives. During the conversation with Genius’ Head of Artist Relations Rob Markman, T-Pain participated in a retrospective spanning his over decade-long career.
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How Do We Deal With Michael Jackson & R. Kelly’s Abuse Allegations? | For The Record

The controversial Michael Jackson documentary, Leaving Neverland, aired on HBO on March 3 and March 4, prompting viewers to revisit the King of Pop’s alleged sexual abuse of two boys. Just a few months earlier, Lifetime aired a six-part documentary titled Surviving R. Kelly, focusing on R&B singer R. Kelly’s long history of allegations of sexual abuse. On the latest episode of ‘For The Record,’ Genius’ Head of Artist Relations Rob Markman convened a panel with ‘Afropunk’ Senior Culture Editor Myles E. Johnson and music and culture writer Lakin Starling to process the allegations.
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2 Chainz Talks ‘Rap Or Go To The League,’ Working With LeBron & Ariana Grande | For The Record

2 Chainz’s fifth studio album, Rap or Go to the League, came together with the assistance of LeBron James, who served as the A&R on the project. The star-studded guest list includes appearances from Young Thug, Travi$ Scott, Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne, Chance the Rapper, and more. On the latest episode of ‘For The Record,’ 2 Chainz sat down with Genius’ Head of Artist Relations Rob Markman to discuss Rap or Go to the League, working with LeBron on the project, and collaborating with Ariana Grande on ‘Rule the World’ and her ‘7 rings (Remix).’
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Is Offset The Best Migos Member? | For The Record

After a few delays, Offset became the final member of Migos to drop his debut solo album with FATHER OF 4. It follows Quavo’s October 2018 project, QUAVO HUNCHO, and Takeoff’s November 2018 release, The Last Rocket. To discuss FATHER OF 4 and debate which Migos member is the best, Genius’ Head of Artist Relations Rob Markman hosted a panel consisting of cultural critic Cory Townes, BET’s Ivy Rivera, and YouTube’s Artist Partnership Lead Naomi Zeichner on the latest episode of ‘For The Record.’
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