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Hip-hop hijack: when guest rappers upstage the star - The Guardian

Hip-hop hijack: when guest rappers upstage the star - The Guardian | Hip-Hop Defined: The Return of A Culture | Scoop.it
Fuse Hip-hop hijack: when guest rappers upstage the star The Guardian The uncharacteristically furious verse from Lamar saw him throwing down the gauntlet to other rappers such as Big KRIT, Wale, A$AP Rocky (check out the full hit list here) as...
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This is an interesting topic especially because of the verse dropped by Kendrick recently. It sparked a great controversy about why Big Sean let K.Dot upstage him on his own track. In honesty it's all friendly competition but some take it more seriously than others. I personally liked Kendrick's verse and I feel it's good for hip-hop to get back to the culture as well as focusing on lyrical content.
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Rapper J. Cole Thinks There's More to Life Than Hip-Hop - Wall Street Journal (blog)

Rapper J. Cole Thinks There's More to Life Than Hip-Hop - Wall Street Journal (blog) | Hip-Hop Defined: The Return of A Culture | Scoop.it
Rapper J. Cole Thinks There's More to Life Than Hip-Hop Wall Street Journal (blog) “I want people to follow their dreams yes…but I'm not interested in telling young black kids how to be rappers…I want to show them that there's so many other paths...
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I respect J for giving his opinion on things as far as he sees them. Alot of young black males do tend to follow the dream of being a rapper or a sports player but he encourages them to do more. It takes alot of courage to speak out and separate from the quota
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Despite Kendrick's Verse, Wale Believes Wale Is "The Best Rapper" - Fuse

Despite Kendrick's Verse, Wale Believes Wale Is "The Best Rapper" - Fuse | Hip-Hop Defined: The Return of A Culture | Scoop.it
Fuse Despite Kendrick's Verse, Wale Believes Wale Is "The Best Rapper" Fuse While other rappers have taken the diss in stride—Mac Miller joked about it and Big K.R.I.T.
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I think alot of people took Kendrick's verse the wrong way. He really wanted to encourage friendly lyrical competition in the rap game but people felt it was a diss. It's good to see that Wale thinks so highly of himself however. I feel he is talented as well and should make a comeback to the "Control" verse.
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Talib Kweli Says Kendrick Lamar Hype Is "Premature" - HipHopDX

HipHopDX Talib Kweli Says Kendrick Lamar Hype Is "Premature" HipHopDX With a studio album that's been dubbed a “classic” by many in the Hip Hop community and a newly-released verse that's placed the rap world in a frenzy over the past week, many...
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Comin from a hip-hop godfather like Talib Kweli this feedback on Kendrick Lamar is something to be looked at quite seriously. I don't necessarily agree with him on the premature attention placed on K.Dot but at the same time his opinion is worth quite alot. Its interesting to see how much rappers are responding to this controversial verse
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Gucci Mane "World War 3: Lean" Mixtape Stream - HipHopDX

HipHopDX Gucci Mane "World War 3: Lean" Mixtape Stream HipHopDX UPDATE: Gucci Mane is declaring his own World War 3, with lean, molly and gas. "Lean" comes first. Mixtapes have been a big part of Atlanta, Georgia emcee Gucci Mane's career.
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I like the idea that Gucci had for this but I still feel that it's alot of music to digest at once. He should have probably only dropped one tape at a time to give listeners time to feel it out.
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