Al Shipley

Premieres

If You Found $300,000, What Would You Do?

Baltimore rapper Starrz delivers the new visual for his track "Get Right" featuring SlickboySupe and a lot of cash.
Al Shipley
10.22.18
Essays

'Tha Carter V' Is Good, But Is It Good Enough?

Lil Wayne’s long-awaited comeback album goes into overtime. Does the Greatest Rapper Alive deliver?
Al Shipley
10.2.18
Remix Report Card

Gucci Gang Gucci Gang Gucci Gang Gucci Mane, and Also Three 6 Mafia

On this installment of the remix report card, Gucci Mane jumps on “Gucci Gang,” Will Smith remixes his son’s breakthrough hit, and someone else sampled Three 6 Mafia.
Al Shipley
6.22.18
The Unstreamables

Def Leppard’s 'Hysteria' Has Rocked for 30 Years but You Still Can't Stream It

On the heels of their hit album 'Pyromania,' plagued by setbacks, the band set out to make an album with seven hit singles—and succeeded.
Al Shipley
8.4.17
The Unstreamables

Aaliyah's 'One in a Million' Invented the Sound of the Future

It's the sound of three of pop's biggest innovators—Aaliyah, Timbaland, and Missy Elliott—bringing funk forward, but you can't stream it online.
Al Shipley
3.16.17
The Unstreamables

The Unstreamables: The Family’s Page in the Prince Songbook

Though Prince's catalog is on Spotify and Apple, much of his music remains unavailable. We take a look at one such side project, the 1985 self-titled debut from The Family.
Al Shipley
3.1.17
Op-Eds

Guwop Home: How Good Is Gucci Mane's 'Everybody Looking'?

'Everybody Looking' is Gucci's most high profile release in years simply by virtue of his recent absence, and it finds Gucci more mature but still funny and defiant.
Al Shipley
7.25.16
Remix Report Card

The Summer Remix Report Card Goes All The Way Up

The general appetite for overstuffed posse cuts appears to be at an all time low, but new remixes of hits like "All the Way Up" and "Cut It" may be better off for it.
Al Shipley
7.14.16
Remix Report Card

It Goes Down In The Remix: The First Remix Report Card of 2016

From Lil' Wayne to Logic, no one is safe.
Al Shipley
4.10.16
Remix Report Card

Endless French Montana: The Winter Remix Report Card Goes "HANH!"

The Weeknd, Migos, and E-40 were among the artists who got the all-star remix treatment this fall.
Al Shipley
1.8.16
Features

Happy Zoo Year: How Fetty Wap Keeps Us Hooked

Even with chart successes and co-signs, there was always a popular narrative to downplay Fetty Wap’s almost unprecedented rise—until it could no longer be denied.
Al Shipley
12.7.15
Deep Ass Questions

Belieber-Directioner Deathmatch: Who Will Win the Greatest Pop Music Battle of Our Generation?

Justin Bieber and One Direction released new albums on the same day. Who will come out on top?
Craig Jenkins
Al Shipley
11.13.15
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