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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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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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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A-Trak Breaks Down The History of Kanye's “Champions”

G.O.O.D. Music's all-star posse cut took more than two years to complete.

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Here's The Soundtrack That 'ATLANTA' Should Release

The music that shaped the hit series.

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Here's How Donald Glover's Migos Shoutout At The Golden Globes Impacted "Bad And Boujee"

Streams of the hit record jumped by more than 200 percent.

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A History Of Kanye West And J. Cole's Musical Relationship | Genius

The one-sided fandom that preceded Cole's "False Prophets (Be Like This)."

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The Making Of T.I.'s 'King'

Remembering the album that put T.I. on top of the rap game, 10 years later

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The Untold Story Of Big Pun's Iconic Jumpman Logo

"He was like, 'Draw me like Jordan, but not too fat'"

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How An NYU Student Scored His First Production Credit On J. Cole's '4 Your Eyez Only'

Elijah Scarlett talks producing "For Whom The Bell Tolls."

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How Nas And Grandmaster Flash Helped Shape Netflix's 'The Get Down'

Two NYC legends break down their involvement in the new series about hip-hop's birth.

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A History Of Black Frats And Sororities In Rap Music

Deltas, Sigmas, Alphas, oh my!