10 Must-Hear New R&B Albums

Soul music in the 21st century encompasses many forms. There’s neo-soul, smooth jazz, funk, electronic pop and many more musical flavors. The common thread in these 10 albums is that each emphasizes a type of spiritual commitment you’ll only find in music rooted in black culture. Still, race…

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30 Years Ago Run-D.M.C. Released Breakthrough ‘Raising Hell’

Thirty years ago, [Run-D.M.C.](http://www.rhapsody.com/artist/run-dmc) embodied hip-hop. Released on May 26, 1986, the Queens, New York, trio’s third album *Raising Hell* found the group at its creative and commercial peak, and expanding the language of hardcore in obvious and subtle ways. They…

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Rappers Who Celebrate Faith Through Rhyme

Earlier this month, [Nate “NF” Feuerstein](http://www.rhapsody.com/artist/nate-feuerstein) scaled the upper reaches of the *Billboard *albums chart with *Therapy Session*. The rapper’s second full-length is an impassioned exploration of his faith, his childhood in a broken home, and his redemption as a rising star, and…

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10 Hip-Hop Albums You Need to Listen To

As we near its midway point, the rap year remains slightly out of focus. However, a few trends have begun to emerge. Once an occasional stunt, the “surprise album” has become the new normal, and has become a pretext for rappers such as Kanye West and Drake to startle us…

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Metro Boomin, Superstar Rap Producer, Is a Rare Commodity

If you’ve listened to mainstream rap in the past 12 months, then you’re familiar with this phrase: “Metro Boomin want some more!” They’re the first words that tumble out of Drake and Future’s chart-topping What a Time to Be Alive. It’s known in rap industry…

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