John Kennedy

John Kennedy

Writer, Editor, Copywriter

Writer: VIBE | Complex | Genius | Essence | Billboard | Ebony | DJ Mag | XXL

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The Notorious B.I.G.'s Life Story (In Lyrics)

Genius scavenged through Biggie’s short-but-street discography to assemble his life story using only his lyrics.

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Infographic: The Definitive Roc-A-Fella Records Family Tree

20 years. 120+ names. It's the Roc!

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VIBE Winter 2014 Cover Story: Drake

Toronto's top dog delivered 2013's best LP by improving his complicated balancing act of romantic lover boy and boastful MC with a conscience. Drake sits down to dissect his masterful album 'Nothing Was the Same'

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VIBE Summer 2014 Cover Story: Ed Sheeran


UK import Ed Sheeran has made ripples on both sides of the pond by tugging at heartstrings and guitar chords. But beneath the folk hero lies a hip-hop soul

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How SZA Finally Broke Through

Meditation, a mushroom trip and overcoming 'anxiety and fear' led the TDE singer to her debut album, 'Ctrl.'

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'Damn' Cements Kendrick Lamar's Status as One of Rap's Greatest MCs

Kendrick’s catalog stacks up favorably against other hall-of-fame rappers’ primes.

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The 2Pac Stories That 'All Eyez On Me' Left Out

From 'Poetic Justice' drama to dating Madonna.

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The Untold Story Behind Rihanna's Forgotten Debut Mixtape

Back in summer 2005, before Rihanna became a global megastar, she was jackin’ for beats just like every post-50 Cent rapper.

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Nicki Minaj Vs. Remy Ma Tells Us Exactly What We Already Knew About Both Artists

Remy has emphasized the importance of lyricism while Nicki Minaj is playing the pompous prima donna who’s above pulling her hair back, taking off her earrings and really getting her hands dirty.

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Migos on Police Brutality, History Repeating Itself And How Drake 'Bit the Flow'

Quavo and Takeoff sit down with Billboard to speak about channeling N.W.A on 'Yung Rich Nation', Disney's 'Aladdin', and why President Obama is a "real gangster."

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How Hip-Hop Would Be Different If Biggie Were Still Alive

Biggie Smalls’ demise set off a whirlwind that rerouted the course of music history.

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Why Mike Will Made-It Is The Most Important Producer of the Past Five Years

No producer has been more consistently influential.

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Drake's Life Story (In Lyrics)

Genius sifted through every song in Drake’s catalog, from pre-'Room For Improvement' bars to his latest project, 'Views', to piece together the 6ix God’s life story in his own words.

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Review: Trey Songz Shows Remorse For His Savagery On 'Tremaine'

“I’m a savage, but I’m just trying some different shit lately.”