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15 Musicians With Unexpected Phobias

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-By Frank Donovan

Most of us have fears that range from reasonable to inexplicable. And our favorite musicians are no exception. Even artists with tough exteriors like Eminem, Nicki Minaj, and Rihanna have their hang-ups. Blame past traumas (or spooky Ouija board predictions) for the panic induced by fish, owls, coat hangers, and the number 621(?!)

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Late Bloomers: 10 Rappers Who Broke Through Later In Their Careers

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We often hear about how rap is a “young man’s sport,” but in a lot of instances this doesn’t seem to be the case. Many artist who get their shot at a young age, seem to fizzle out within the first few years of their newfound fame. Not everybody gets to drop a classic album at 20 like Nas did with Illmatic, or throw an entire label on their back at 16 like LL Cool J did with Def Jam.

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30 Musicians With Hobbies You Would Never Expect

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-By Frank Donovan 

You and I might spend our downtime singing in the shower, dancing at the club, and plucking on a guitar. But our favorite artists are wont to unwind with less musical hobbies. When the lights go down, artists like Prince pick up a ping pong paddle, Roger Daltrey a fishing rod, and Justin Bieber a Rubik’s Cube. These pastimes run the gamut from completely ordinary like Rivers Cuomo and Lily Allen’s knitting, to an obsession that led Neil Young to become a part owner in a toy train manufacturing company.

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#TBT: Hailie Jade Mathers & Friends Used To Crank That Soulja Boy, 50 Cent Tells The Tale

The world was a completely different place back in 2007; MySpace was the go-to social network, you more than likely owned a flip phone and not a smartphone and a dance craze birthed by an unknown 16-year old took America completely over both on and offline. One of the millions and millions of people who were caught up in the hysteria that was Soulja Boy‘s “Crank That,” was Hailie Jade Mathers, daughter or Grammy award winning rapper EminemRead more…

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Leave That Rap Alone: Why Iggy Azalea Losing Best Rap Album Is Really A Win

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-By Renaud Jean Baptiste Jr. 

You heard that Iggy? That was the collective exhale all of hip-hop just took when you didn’t walk away with rap album of the year. The Grammys actually got it right by giving Eminem the award, it was a better hip-hop album than The New Classic overall and the hip-hop community as a whole would unanimously agree. I imagine you were disappointed by the outcome but don’t be because there was a bright side to all of this.

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An Abridged History of Rappers Who Also Sing

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It’s still a mystery as to why singing became a sign of softness in rap, when rappers have been singing on songs since the beginning of hip hop. Yes, there are rappers like Drake who sing about drunk texting exes and Biz Markie who sang about being friend-zoned but so what? Historically, artists like Queen Latifah, Cee Lo Green and Andre 3000 took singing and incorporated it into their songs so well that their music didn’t suffer from the stigma, they got better. Take a look back on rappers throughout history who sang and rapped and no one gave a fuss.

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Awesome Songs That Have Less Than Awesome Music Videos

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-By Chris Carpenter

Music videos can be frustrating sometimes. Why? Because your favorite artists like EminemJustin Timberlake and Lady Gaga don’t read your tweets when they conceptualize their music videos with directors, cinematographers and stuff. It’s quite rude of them, really. But they have the deepest connection to the song, so we suppose their visual interpretation is what we must enjoy and not the versions that we create in our brains. Still, it’s the worst when a song is so super awesome that you sing it all day long, and then its video premieres and it sucks.

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Eminem’s Funniest Throwbacks That Are Hard To Forget

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When a young Eminem came onto the scene with bleached blonde hair and a bad attitude, the Detroit emcee released a slew of highly offensive but hilarious music videos that have lived on in infamy. Take a look back at these unforgettable music videos that will have you laughing your ass off.

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