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More to Molly than meets the eye: A look at rap’s latest drug trend

Move aside Mary Jane, and make way for Molly. Once associated primarily with weed, hip hop has cozied up to a party drug with a cute name, a mysterious identity and a potentially lethal set of side effects. It’s easy to see that Molly’s influence is growing and users will soon start to exhibit signs of […]

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A few keys to effective self-promotion from a music journalist

Self-promotion is the art of making yourself well-known and well-thought of. Seems straightforward enough, right? But as a music journalist often bombarded by people trying to promote themselves, I can assure you that a lot of what passes for self-promotion these days is actually an exercise in making people ignore you or report you as […]

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Rappers who have more followers than @Nas: June 22, 2012

In honor of Follow Fridays and poor decisions on Twitter, I bring to you a new feature: Rappers who have more followers than @Nas. In this feature, I’ll spotlight rappers who have managed to amass more followers than God’s Son, a symbol of hip-hop substance and the barometer against which rap tomfoolery can be measured. […]

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10 things every rapper should do before they start rapping

When it comes to rap music, abysmal record sales often start with abysmal records. Though a few bright spots do exist (Kanye, we see you), a barrage of bling-obsessed studio thugs has made the rap landscape look mighty bleak. While a return to the golden age may be a rap purist’s pipe dream, the state of […]

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