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How a Hit Rap Song Happens Now

The most influential playlist in music is Spotify’s RapCaviar, which turns mixtape rappers into megastars. And it’s all curated by one man.

By Craig Marks

Thank You For Financing My Diss Track, by Erik Cofer

Mom, Dad, I feel like it's finally time for me to come clean about my latest project. You remember that $20,000 you loaned me six months ago? Well, it wasn't for "paying off gambling debt" like I claimed. The money actually financed a [...]

By Brian Boone

Watch Patton Oswalt Visually Interpret a Hip Hop Song

Here's comedian Patton Oswalt in a new video for the hip hop group The Coup. In it, he visually interprets their song, "The Magic Clap," which is a much easier task thanks to the miracle of editing.

By Bradford Evans

Jerry Seinfeld Will Be on Wale’s Next Rap Album

Rapper Wale released The Mixtape About Nothing in 2008, a hip-hop album that heavily sampled and referenced Seinfeld and even featured an appearance from Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Now, for his follow-up, Album About Nothing, he's got Jerry Seinfeld [...]

By Bradford Evans

Inside the Hip-Hop Comedy of ‘It’s the Real’

The Village Voice has a lengthy profile on Eric and Jeff Rosenthal, who make up the comedy-rap duo "It's the Real" and run the Hype Men podcast. They've gotten into the habit of making comedy videos with some of the biggest names in hip hop, [...]

By Adam Frucci