Best Albums of 2014 (So Far)

A Compton classic. An unlikely rapper/producer pairing. Two long-awaited projects from veteran members of hip-hop’s hottest crew, and a strong debut from their eager label mate. While Kendrick Lamar crafts his anticipated sophomore LP, Kanye West fraternizes with major clothing lines, and Jay Z...

RESPECT. The Verse: Chamillionaire – “I Think I Love You”

We know Chamillionaire can rap. Sometimes he'll go braggadocios, sometimes he'll look inward and get introspective. Other times, though, he paints vivid stories that captivate the listener for an entire song. After striking platinum with the Sound of Revenge, the Houston MC was poised to go...

Premiere: Nick Jr. – “Be Gone”

By this point, it should be no surprise to find another talented newcomer out of Chicago. Treated Crew's Nick Jr. is currently gearing up for his To Be Continued and today RESPECT. brings you the premiere of the first single, "Be Gone." Produced by Tha Audio Unit, the bouncy record finds Nick...

The 15 Best Rap Songs of 2014 (So Far)

Words by Robin Johnson & Ben Sherak It's a wrap for the first seven months of 2014 and that means it's time to acknowledge the songs that were most impactful, catchy, interesting, fun, original, and well-crafted. We've rounded up the cream of the crop for one list: The 15 Best Songs of 2014...

Premiere: Cormega feat. Masta Ace, Craig G., & Kool G Rap – “Industry” (Juice Crew Remix)

One of 2014's most pleasant surprises has been Cormega's triumphant return. Most notably, he released the head-turning "Industry," calling out with calm clairvoyance all of the music business' sinister tricks. To pump some extra life into the already-powerful record, Mega called on a trio of fellow...

Toronto’s 2014 UNITY Festival

Its not every day you see seniors in tracksuits and kids in snapbacks enjoying the same music. Last week, Toronto’s annual UNITY Festival brought a diverse group of performers to an even more eclectic audience with great results. The festival, coordinated by local arts organization UNITY...

The Roof Is On Fire: Juicy J Lights Up Terminal 5

Lit blunts. Cups of liquor. Wild-childs crowding the stage. This was the scene at the Juicy J concert last night at Terminal 5. As we were all patiently waiting for the show to start, the lights dimmed suddenly. Over the loud speakers, Juicy's Memphis drawl emerged. The crowd went wild. Juicy...

Rakim Rocked Houston, Talked To RESPECT. (Photos & Interview)

Photos, words and interview by Trevor Piper The ever-legendary Rakim graced the stage in Houston’s Numbers Night Club last Tuesday to a packed house that hung on his every word. The God MC flew through a litany of his classic tracks from "Holy Are You" to "Paid In Full."  The building swelled...

Listen to a Bunch of Old, Unreleased Odd Future Songs

Digging around on the internet usually leads you to dark, sordid parts of the deep web (and usually a spiral of Wikipedia entries), but once in a while you'll stumble on a gem. YouTube user Odd Davud has been quietly uploading rare Odd Future recordings over the past couple of weeks and they're...

Common’s Discography and The 2014 Hip-Hop Fan

Socially conscious rap is scarce. That is, until an introspective lyricist shows up to remind us that it still exists. When they do, they come with hopes of schooling listeners on the world’s forgotten problems that have been placed on the back burner in favor of redundant lyrics and label...