ArtsBeat: Wale’s Album Inspired by ‘Seinfeld’ Is No. 1

“The Album About Nothing,” by the rapper Wale, opens at No. 1 on the Billboard chart.

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New Music: Review: Earl Sweatshirt’s Latest Album Goes to Dark Places

It’s possible Earl Sweatshirt is bored.






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ArtsBeat: Snoop Dogg Developing Drama Series With HBO

Snoop Dogg has teamed up with Allen Hughes to produce an HBO drama about a 1980s Los Angeles family.






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ASAP Rocky, Dearly Missing ASAP Yams, Half of Their Formidable Hip-Hop Tag Team

As he completes his own second album, the rapper ASAP Rocky remembers his label partner ASAP Yams, who died of a drug overdose in January.






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ArtsBeat: SXSW Music 2015: And Now, for a Horror — Make That Ho99o9 — Show

A barrage of adrenaline from the hip hop band, Ho99o9. The lyrics? Mostly lost in the onslaught.






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ArtsBeat: ASAP Yams Died of Accidental Drug Intoxication, Chief Medical Examiner Says

ASAP Yams, the longtime hip-hop executive and co-owner of the ASAP Worldwide record label, was found unresponsive in his Brooklyn apartment on Jan. 18.






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Both Sides in ‘Blurred Lines’ Copyright Suit Signal a Continuing Battle

Lawyers for both the Marvin Gaye family and the musicians found to have infringed on Gaye’s 1977 copyright filed documents in federal court on Monday.






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Critic’s Notebook: Kendrick Lamar, Emboldened, but Burdened, by Success

The rapper’s new album emotes on living under constant racialized surveillance and how that can lead to many types of internal monologues, some empowered, some self-loathing.






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