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YNW Melly & Kanye West’s “Mixed Personalities” Explained
Florida’s YNW Melly has been earning buzz thanks to tracks like “Murder On My Mind” and “Virtual (Blue Balenciagas),” and today he got a major cosign in the form of Kanye West. The Chicago MC is one of two featured artists on Melly’s new album, We…
Ariana Grande’s “7 rings” Explained
Ariana Grande’s new single, “7 Rings,” may be centered around a rework of “My Favorite Things,” from the 1959 musical (and 1965 film) The Sound of Music, but it’s also earned comparisons to several other songs. The track draws obvious inspiration…
6ix9ine, DMX And The History Of Yelling In Hip-Hop
Today, rappers like Ski Mask the Slump God, Sheck Wes, and 6ix9ine are known for their boisterous flows. Hip-hop has always been loud, however, and yelling has been an outlet for MCs to express their emotions on wax since its early days. Run-D.M.C…
Bhad Bhabie’s “Babyface Savage” Explained
Over one year after the release of her debut single, “These Heaux,” Bhad Bhabie’s star has hardly faded. In fact, her new single “Babyface Savage” with Toronto rapper Tory Lanez looks poised to be yet another viral hit for the young MC. The song has…
The Weeknd’s “Lost in the Fire” Explained
Last year, The Weeknd revealed that his next album, the R&B star’s first full-length project since STARBOY in 2016, is “coming soon.” While his own album still has no release date, today he unleashed his first new song of 2019. It’s a collaboration…
Looking Back At Denzel Curry’s “Ultimate”
Denzel Curry’s 2015 song, “Ultimate,” made him a star one year after its release thanks to a viral meme which took off on the now-defunct app Vine. Taken from 32 Zel/Planet Shrooms, the track is produced by the South Florida rapper’s close…
Billie Eilish’s “WHEN I WAS OLDER” Explained
Billie Eilish just dropped her first single of 2019, “WHEN I WAS OLDER.” Produced by her brother and frequent collaborator FINNEAS, the heavily Auto-Tuned track is inspired by Roma, the Golden Globe-winning film by Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón…
Halsey’s “Without Me” Explained
Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next” has been dethroned from the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart once again, this time by Halsey. The New Jersey pop star’s breakup anthem, “Without Me,” reached No. 1 this week, becoming Halsey’s first solo No. 1 hit…
Lil Pump’s “Butterfly Doors” Explained
After facing significant criticism, Lil Pump has changed racist lyrics on his song “Butterfly Doors.” The official version, which he released on January 4, do not include the ad-lib “Ching chong,” and the line referencing Yao Ming now omits the…
The Secret Abuse Behind R. Kelly’s No. 1 Hit For Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson’s 13th and final No. 1 hit in the US during his lifetime was 1995’s “You Are Not Alone,” penned by R&B star R. Kelly. It holds the distinction of being the first song to debut at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, but its lyrics…
Post Malone’s “Wow.” Explained
It’s been a huge year for Post Malone, who dropped his Platinum-certified sophomore album, beerbongs & bentleys, and scored a No. 1 hit with “Psycho.” Today, he made good on a recent promise to close out the year with new music by releasing his new…
Life After Death: Who Controls Lil Peep & XXXTENTACION’s Posthumous Music?
The last few months of 2018 saw two notable posthumous releases with Lil Peep’s Come Over When You’re Sober, Pt. 2 and XXXTentacion’s SKINS. Both albums satisfied the demand of fans for new music, but neither project was without controversy. The…
21 Savage & J. Cole’s “A Lot” Explained
Atlanta rapper 21 Savage’s new album, I AM > I WAS, has arrived, and it kicks off with “a lot.” The DJ Dahi-produced track includes a lengthy feature from North Carolina’s own J. Cole, and shot to No. 1 on Genius' daily Top Songs chart soon after…
Looking Back At Playboi Carti’s “Magnolia”
Playboi Carti scored a breakout hit this year with his Pi'erre Bourne-produced single “Magnolia,” which has earned a shoutout from JAY-Z, a remix by Lil Wayne, and over 60 million Spotify streams. Now, Carti has decided to unleash the track’s music…
Looking Back At J. Cole’s “Lights Please”
J. Cole’s 2009 song, “Lights Please,” is an instrumental part of the North Carolina MC’s career. The track first caught the attention of record executive Mark Pitts, who played it for Cole’s future label boss JAY-Z. Produced by Cole himself, it…
The Hottest Producers Of 2018
Now that 2018 has nearly come to a close, it’s time to take a look back at which producers made the most impact. To rank this year’s list of Top Producers, we crunched the numbers and tallied who racked up the most total pageviews for songs released…
The Most Popular Lyrics Of 2018
Each day, millions of music fans come to Genius to read lyrics and learn about their favorite artists—our Top Songs Chart reflects what the world is listening to all day, every day.
Who Really Started The “Drip” Trend In 2018?
“Drip” isn’t a new slang term, but it has experienced a renaissance in hip-hop over the past few years. With “drip” coming to the forefront of slang, the debate has turned to its meaning, origins, and who made it popular. To explain the rise of “…
Looking Back At 21 Savage’s “Bank Account”
21 Savage’s debut album Issa Album is finally here, and the project’s second song “Bank Account” may already sound familiar to some listeners. It’s co-produced by Metro Boomin, 21 Savage, and G Koop, and features a sample of “Flashbulbs,” a 1974…
Kodak Black & Juice WRLD’s “MoshPit” Explained
Kodak Black’s Dying to Live album is due out on Friday, December 14, and today he dropped off the project’s latest single, “MoshPit.” The track finds Kodak linking up with Chicago rapper Juice WRLD for the first time. “I’ve got a song with Juice…
Looking Back At A$AP Rocky’s “Purple Swag”
In summer 2011, A$AP Rocky dropped “Purple Swag,” the Harlem rapper’s ode to Houston. Produced by former A$AP Mob member Ty Beats, the track appears on Rocky’s seminal mixtape, Live.Love.A$AP, and played a major role in his breakout from Tumblr to…
How Has Eminem Influenced Juice WRLD?
Chicago rapper Juice WRLD is a huge fan of Eminem, and has named the Detroit legend as one of his biggest inspirations. Slim Shady’s influence is seen throughout Juice’s lyrics, whether he is mocking pop culture’s current establishment, referencing…
How Flipp Dinero’s “Leave Me Alone” Became A Hit
Flipp Dinero may not be a household name just yet, but he’s gaining attention with his first hit “Leave Me Alone.” Released more than seven months ago, the song is just starting to experience breakout success in the US, and has already helped the…
XXXTENTACION & Kanye West’s “One Minute” Explained
XXXTENTACION’s posthumous album, SKINS, is set to be released on Friday, December 7, but today the project leaked online. SKINS‘ only feature comes courtesy of Kanye West, who has been a vocal advocate for X since the Florida rapper’s murder in June…
Drake & Meek Mill: The Beef History Behind “Going Bad”
Meek Mill’s recent Drake collaboration, “Going Bad,” marked the official end of their beef dating back to 2015. The duo first came together on Meek’s 2012 hit, “Amen,” but their relationship went south following the Philly rapper’s allegations of…
Vine’s Influence In Hip-Hop
After debuting on the App Store in 2013, the video sharing app Vine didn’t take long to form a close relationship with hip-hop. In addition to rappers making their own Vines, they frequently referenced viral clips in their songs. Meanwhile, singers…
Ski Mask The Slump God & Juice WRLD’s “Nuketown” Explained
Amongst a crowded Friday release calendar, Ski Mask the Slump God unleashed his new album, Stokeley. The project’s second track, “Nuketown,” finds Ski Mask going head-to-head with Juice WRLD, the rising Chicago rapper who previously teamed up with…
Eminem’s “Kick Off (Freestyle)” Explained
Eminem is back with “Kick Off,” a freestyle inspired by Bodied the new movie he produced about rap battle culture. The veteran MC packs it full of disturbing lyrics about violence and sexual assault, positioning it as his own battle rap inspired by…
Meek Mill, JAY-Z & Rick Ross’ “What’s Free” Explained
Meek Mill’s post-prison album, Championships, has arrived, and fans have immediately flocked to “What’s Free,” a high-profile collaboration with JAY-Z and Rick Ross. The track is produced by Tarik Azzouz and StreetRunner, and is based around a a…
Looking Back At Lil Uzi Vert’s “You Was Right”
In April 2016, Lil Uzi Vert dropped his confessional song, “You Was Right.” The Metro Boomin-produced track is taken from his third mixtape, Lil Uzi Vert Vs. The World, and became his first platinum single in March 2017. It finds Uzi rapping about…
Eminem’s Fastest Rhymes
Eminem is well-known for his rapid-fire raps. In 2013, the Detroit rapper set a new Guinness World Record for most words in a hit single with “Rap God,” packing 1,560 words into just over six minutes. However, the track isn’t even at the top on the…
6ix9ine, Kanye West & Nicki Minaj’s “MAMA” Explained
Following 6ix9ine’s arrest on federal charges of armed robbery, racketeering, and drug trafficking, the Brooklyn rapper’s debut album, DUMMY BOY, was pushed back indefinitely. In spite of the delay, the project leaked on the day after its original…
Tory Lanez & Joyner Lucas’ “Beef” Explained
The beef between Tory Lanez and Joyner Lucas has resulted in a handful of diss tracks and social media taunting, but now Lanez is saying that he has won the battle. Per Complex, the Toronto artist held a moment of silence for Lucas' career at a…
Looking Back At Chief Keef’s “Faneto”
Shortly after being dropped from Interscope in 2014, Chief Keef released the single “Faneto.” The song has become an enduring part of the Chicago rapper’s legacy, and experienced a resurgence in popularity earlier this year after a video of college…
How Kanye West’s ‘808s & Heartbreak’ Influenced A New Generation of Rap
Kanye West’s 2008 album, 808s & Heartbreak, turns ten years old this week. Inspired by the death of his mother, Donda West, as well as the end of his engagement to Alexis Phifer, the album threw fans and critics for a loop with its radical departure…
Tekashi 6ix9ine Announces New ‘DUMMY BOY’ Tracklist Hours Before Arrest
Back in September, Kanye West revealed that his upcoming album, Yandhi, would feature controversial Brooklyn rapper 6ix9ine. It appears that the two artists got busy in the studio, as the tracklist for 6ix9ine’s upcoming album, DUMMY BOY, reveals a…
How Blueface Became A Viral Star
Los Angeles rapper Blueface has only been rapping for a year, but his music videos for tracks like “Thotiana” and “Respect My Crypn'” have garnered millions of views. Both songs are taken off his EP, Famous Cryp, which the School Yard Crip dropped…
Iconic Moments From Mariah Carey’s Genius Level Interview
On November 14, Mariah Carey sat down with Genius' Head of Artist Relations Rob Markman for the latest episode of Genius Level and looked back at her illustrious career. During the interview, Mariah gave insight into her songwriting process…
Hip-Hop’s Love For ‘Harry Potter’