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10 Musicians Who Are Even Kinkier Than Their Racy Lyrics

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There’s no shortage of braggadocio in popular music, especially when it comes to sexual prowess. While we figure that some stars reflect their actual sex lives through their songs and personas, we didn’t realize artists like Drake, Fergie, and Eminem were Number One on the charts and in the bed. Or so we hear…

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Making It Rain: The 10 Most Successful Hip Hop Vanity Labels Ever

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-By Georgette Pierre

Over the past decade, hip-hop record labels have been churning out radio hits, platinum selling albums, and major star power. Some of these already-famous megastars have gotten in on the industry game, founding record imprints of their own! Despite the derisive-sounding tag of “vanity label,” these artist-founded subsidiaries offer up some of the biggest smashes and most important rap releases of recent times.

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Ill Communications: The 10 Most Influential White Rappers In Hip Hop History

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When hip hop music emerged from the South Bronx in the late 1970s it was the indisputable voice of the inner-city  African-American and Latino experience. Musically it nodded to the hardest of R&B and funk rhythms and lyrically it reflected the often hardscrabble existence its practitioners and proponents lived. Like other musical forms that deal in real life and death struggles, such as heavy metal and hardcore punk, authenticity was paramount. As its popularity grew however, it escaped the cities narrow streets and the narrow definition of what could be considered authentic hip hop. Though sometimes problematic in a genre so implicitly connected to its original audience and roots, by the mid ’80s hip hop had begun to build a sizable suburban audience and the first white MCs began daring to get on the mic and appear on wax.
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“F*ck You” And Then Some: The Meanest Break Up Songs

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Sure, we all want to believe that true love will last forever, but we’ve all had at least one painful break up that proves it doesn’t. So, how do you mend a broken heart? Well, if you’re a famous musician, you blast your ex with a truly horrible, very public and extremely mean break up song.

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