The 50 Best Hip-Hop Debut Albums Since ‘Reasonable Doubt’

In honor of the recent 20th anniversary of Jay Z’s debut album, Reasonable Doubt, we’re publishing a series of pieces looking at the rapper’s singular…
SPIN Staff / July 1, 2016

Here’s Eve, Madonna, and Pharrell All on the Same Song

Stop us if you've heard this one before: Eve, Madonna, and Pharrell all walk into a bar, make a song, and leave it on the…
Brennan Carley / August 18, 2014

Rap’s Most Slept-On Releases of 2013’s Second Quarter

Asaad - Cold Blue Highlights: "27," "Next Megabus," "Burn Tha Church/Family" RIYL: Earl Sweatshirt, Grande Marshall, Mike Leigh's Naked Nothing about this Philadelphia rapper makes sense:…
Brandon Soderberg / July 15, 2013

Is ‘Yeezus’ the Tipping Point for Rap Misogyny?

Kanye West's latest, Yeezus, was supposed to be his statement-making, punk-infused noise-rap record: A rousing, leather jacket-sporting, Saturday Night Live appearance premiered the incendiary "Black Skinhead"
Brandon Soderberg / June 28, 2013

No Trivia’s Rap Songs of the Week: Vampire Weekend Prove Their Rap-Nerd Bonafides

Eve, feat. Pusha T & Juicy J "She Bad Bad Remix"The only two songs that remind you her lunkheaded label stuck its grubby paws in…
Brandon Soderberg / May 16, 2013

No Trivia’s Rap Release of the Week: Eve’s ‘Lip Lock’

Finally, after 11 years, we've got a new Eve album. Her first since 2002's Eve-Olution, it actually lives up to the buggy, nervy promise offered…
Brandon Soderberg / May 14, 2013

Review: Eve, ‘Lip Lock’

A crop of megastars has experimented with dubstep beats in the past two years: Britney, Bieber, and most dramatically, Taylor Swift. But with all the…

Rap Songs of the Week: Dirty Money Lives On!

Nice to see Kalenna, the other member of Diddy's Dirty Money project showing up on a radio-ready song with Rich Boy (who also hasn't really…
Brandon Soderberg / April 10, 2013

Eve Returns With ‘Lip Lock,’ Her First New Album in 11 Years

Eleven years after her last studio album, Eve is once again ready to blow ya mind. The Philadelphia-born rapper-actress has announced that she will release…
Kyle McGovern / January 25, 2013

No Trivia’s Friday Five: Just Blaze Does House, of the Non-Guido Fist Pump Variety

Pensado's Place is a public access-like nerd-out about the inside baseball ins and outs of engineering and mixing records. It's hosted by Dave Pensado, whose credits…
Brandon Soderberg / January 11, 2013