John Kennedy

John Kennedy

Writer, Editor, Copywriter

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

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Billboard

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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Billboard

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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Billboard

Tyler, the Creator on Kendall Jenner, Tidal And Police Brutality

The rapper also breaks down the making of "Cherry Bomb" songs & collabos.

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Billboard

D.R.A.M. On His Surprise Hit 'Broccoli'

"It's like a Mewtwo, if you're talking Pokemon—just rare."

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Billboard

Soul Star BJ The Chicago Kid Shares His Windy City Wisdom

BJ breaks down the Windy City landmarks that inspired his stellar Motown debut, 'In My Mind.'

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Billboard

"Watch Me" Singer Silento On Viral Success And Senior Year Of High School

The 17-year-old, who is currently signed to Capitol Records, talks about his best dance moves and heading back to school.

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Billboard

Migos: A Day In The Life At SXSW 2015

Just what does it take to become the fourth member of Migos?

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Billboard

'The Three Little Migos': A Classic Children's Story Retold With Rap Lyrics

Billboard remixed a childhood staple—The Three Little Pigs—by adapting lyrics new and old and including some of our favorite rap characters for a fresh flip on a classic.

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Billboard

Big Sean, 'Dark Sky Paradise': Track-by-Track Review

With sterling wordplay and a consistent melancholy vibe, the Detroit native took all the tension, the highs and lows, and laid it out on wax, compiling the strongest project of his career.

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Billboard

'Trap Queen' Rapper Fetty Wap: 'I'ma Be the Youngest Rapper With One Eye, But a Lot of Money'

The 24-year-old Jersey native speaks on the success of "Trap Queen," how he doesn't really care much for lyrics and how a childhood accident affected vision in his eye.

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Billboard

iHeart Memphis Talks Rich Homie Quan And His Viral Video "Hit The Quan"

“You have to come up with the dance first and then put the music on top of it. As long as it's catchy, people are going to do it.”

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Billboard

Album Review: Ghostface Killah & BadBadNotGood's 'Sour Soul' Sounds Sweet

Ghostface Killah's full-length collaborative album with jazz troupe BadBadNotGood isn't your standard wine-and-cheese affair.

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Billboard

Big K.R.I.T. Delivers Best Work With 'Cadillactica': Track-by-Track Review

Cadillactica is K.R.I.T.'s best and most cohesive work to date

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Billboard

Tinashe, 'Aquarius': Track-by-Track Review

Within the ranks of emerging women singers showing just how quirky and eccentric they can be (Jhené Aiko, Kelela, BANKS), Tinashe may be the songbird best primed for superstardom.