Tyler, the Creator. J Cole. Mac Miller. Childish Gambino. Kid Cudi. Hip hop's new generation seems to be filled with artists that wear the hat of both "producer" and "rapper" like never before - but this DIY movement is no recent phenomenon. We trace the lineage of today's dual-discipline artists to its origins, over 30 years ago. The storied birth of hip-hop in the … [Read more...] about Beats & Bars: The Complete History of Dual-Discipline Artists in Hip-Hop
Back in 2017 it was discovered that Nicki Minaj mentioned herself on wax significantly more than her contemporaries. To recap, 11.5% of Nicki Minaj’s discography prior to QUEEN contains self-references by Nicki.. In this analysis, Nicki was far ahead of the competition, even handily beating out noted egos like Kanye West and Jay-Z, who came in 7th and 9th … [Read more...] about Nicki Minaj, Cardi B, Drake or Kanye West: Who Was the Most Self-Obsessed Lyricist in 2018?
In the eleven years following her debut mixtape, Nicki Minaj has released 164 songs, 4 albums, and 2 additional mixtapes as a lead artist. Strangely enough, it wasn't until QUEEN, Nicki's fourth studio album, that the platinum-selling recording artist chose to feature another female rapper on one of her tracks. But why has Nicki Minaj avoided collaborating with other women for … [Read more...] about Does Nicki Minaj Empower Female Rappers? Here’s the Data
The age-old debate: "Pop Nicki" vs "Rap Nicki"? Fans and critics alike have been divided on Nicki Minaj's musical duality since her debut album was released back in 2010. With the early numbers from her latest album QUEEN now coming in, a distinct statistical trend has emerged. As far as the numbers are concerned, the question of "Pop Nicki" vs "Rap Nicki" has finally been … [Read more...] about While Nicki Minaj Raps More and More, Her Album Sales Plummet – Why?
QUEEN has arrived with the fanfare reserved for both Pop Stars and Hip Hop’s Elite, a duality that Nicki Minaj has spent her career cultivating. Nicki stoked the flames of a lyrical resurrection by dropping “Chun-Li” and “Barbie Tingz” prior to the album’s release, leading to further speculation that QUEEN will mark Nicki’s to the days of “Monster”, in which she slayed both … [Read more...] about “QUEEN” of Rap: Nicki Minaj Defends Her Throne with the Most Rap of Her Career
The “Nas vs. Jay-Z” beef is now a legendary entry into the lexicon of hip-hop history. The beef is so permanently iconic that when the two artists both drop new projects (EVERYTHINGISLOVE and Nasir) on the same weekend seventeen years later, the rap world explodes with speculation that their feud is still alive and well. The beef between two of New York's finest simmered … [Read more...] about The Numbers Behind Nas and Jay-Z’s Iconic Beef: “Ether” vs “Takeover”
It's the question no one is asking - how could it be possible for Kanye not to have his hands in the Drake and Pusha T beef? Now that the dust has settled, we're diving into the numbers to understand what the consequences of 2018's defining beef have been - and what exactly happened between Drake and the man he once cited as "the most influential person of his career", Kanye … [Read more...] about Drake vs Kanye: Quantifying Hip Hop’s Biggest (Proxy) Beef
A Note from the Editor: On CentralSauce we typically only publish content with original research and unique analysis that heightens your musical experience. We love hip hop - but for us, it goes beyond just the music. We love the artistry behind the music. We love the culture that surrounds the music. We love the impact music makes on lives around the world. But there's … [Read more...] about Investing in Yourself: An Ode to Buying Artist Merch