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Rick Ross Sounds Like A Rap Star Again

Every rap empire goes into decline eventually, but Maybach Music Group hit its decline phase before it ever really became an empire. Crew figurehead Rick…
Tom Breihan | March 22, 2017 - 11:31 am

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Nicki Minaj Will Not Be Defeated, But That Doesn’t Mean She’s Winning

Watch Nicki Minaj right now. She's doing something special. Right now, before the world, Nicki is putting on a master class in Superstar Beef Management.
Tom Breihan | March 15, 2017 - 11:04 am

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Don Q Is The New York Rap Hardass We Need

Corner Stories, the new mixtape from the Bronx rapper Don Q, has a sort of Greek chorus running all through it: an unnamed interviewer who…
Tom Breihan | March 8, 2017 - 10:51 am

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The Week Remy Ma Went At Nicki Minaj’s Neck

Jay Z won. I believed this in 2001, and I believe it now. In 2008, I wrote a whole chapter in the anthology Rock And
Tom Breihan | March 1, 2017 - 1:02 pm

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The Future Of Future Is A Great Rap Supervillain

In retrospect, we should thank the rappers of the world for their restraint. It's been more than four months since the Donald Trump Access Hollywood
Tom Breihan | February 22, 2017 - 12:04 pm

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Is Chance The Rapper About To Get Corny?

The Best New Artist Grammy award has a fascinating and bizarre history. The Beatles won it. Bob Newhart won it. Bon Iver won it. Bette…
Tom Breihan | February 15, 2017 - 12:49 pm

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Young Dolph & Yo Gotti Battle For The Heart Of Memphis Rap

Young Dolph just released the best non-Migos rap album I've heard in 2017. Dolph's new mixtape, Gelato, is a ridiculously solid piece of trap music.
Tom Breihan | February 8, 2017 - 10:35 am

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Hus Kingpin’s Beautiful, Evocative, Grimy New York Rap

There's a moment on "Lootpack" -- the Madlib-produced, 83-second opening track from Long Island rapper Hus Kingpin's new mixtape 16 Waves -- where Hus says,…
Tom Breihan | February 1, 2017 - 11:16 am

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Behold, In Nick Grant, What J. Cole Hath Wrought

A rapper emerges. He's from some small country town in the Southeast, but he has no accent to speak of. He raps under his government…
Tom Breihan | January 25, 2017 - 12:31 pm

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Grime Pioneer Wiley Has Nothing Left To Prove

The veteran grime MC/producer Wiley and I are the same age: 37. Old enough to be old as fuck but young enough to feel like…
Tom Breihan | January 18, 2017 - 11:08 am

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Prepare Yourself For Conway’s Bleak, Dusty, Evocative Street-Rap

The city of Buffalo is way out in the hinterlands, a whole lot closer to Toronto than it is to New York City. But if…
Tom Breihan | January 11, 2017 - 10:12 am

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The Brain-Conquering Majesty Of Migos’ “Bad & Boujee”

I've watched it over and over now. Dozens of times. Whenever I have a moment, or whenever I need a slight dopamine-rush pick-me-up. It never…
Tom Breihan | January 4, 2017 - 9:53 am

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NBA YoungBoy Could Be A Huge Rap Star If He Can Stay Out Of Prison

NBA YoungBoy is in jail right now, and he might not come out for the next decade or two. A few weeks ago, Austin police…
Tom Breihan | December 21, 2016 - 12:17 pm

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J. Cole Is Making Comfort-Food Rap, And That’s OK

I'm writing this a few hours after Kanye West visited Trump Tower for a 15-minute meeting and quick photo-op with President-Elect Donald Trump. West says
Tom Breihan | December 14, 2016 - 12:04 pm

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On J. Cole, Wale, And “Pitchfork Rappers”

Talk shit. That's it. That's the best thing you can do. If you're trying to sell a rap album to people in the 21st century,…
Tom Breihan | December 7, 2016 - 12:21 pm
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