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2018 In Hip-Hop: A Year Of Quantity Over Quality

No matter who ranks in your Top 10 living hip-hop faves, they almost certainly released music this year. From young stunners and new jacks to career spitters and…

For 2018’s New Music, Shorter Was Sweeter

Being a music fan in 2018 meant feeling like there were literally too few hours in a day to keep up. Blockbuster albums like Culture II, Tha Carter V, and Scorpion

25 Best Albums of 2017: The Soundtrack To One Hectic Year

2017 was a year filled with turmoil, disappointment and down right disbelief. We would be lying if we said things were all peaches and cream over the last 12 months…

V Books: Some of Your Favorite Songs Of 2016 May Have Been Inspired By These Books

Hip-hop is educational, political and historical, to name a few descriptors. The genre that started in the Burning Bronx during the late ’70s amid urban decay is now…

The Women Who Cried Wolf In 2016

During the summer of 1955, 14-year-old Emmett Till was visiting family in Money, Miss., when he was taken from his bed in the dead of night, beaten by two men and then…

Just Because I’m Black Doesn’t Mean I Have To Agree With You

If 2016 taught us anything, it’s that the cultural divide within our own is deeper than we thought. As we meet the climatic end of 2016, we’re hopeful for a few things…

Wait What: 30 WTF Moments Of 2016

It’s safe to say that 2016 was filled with 365 days of joy, sadness, anger, and astonishment. Many hip-hop and R&B artists brought the good vibes for bad times, spoke…

Good Vibes For Bad Times: 7 Albums That Got Us Through 2016

The healing powers of music have long been acknowledged. At its best, an artist’s music can tackle the heavy topics we’d prefer to be left alone in a way that is more…

Run It Back: The 60 Best Songs Of 2016

2016 has been one helluva of a year for music. Those that continue to say “hip-hop and R&B are dead” do not work at VIBE — and are dead to us. Yes, it’s true: it takes…