Status Ain’t Hood

Status Ain't Hood

Welcome To Rap’s Well-Connected Old-Man Era

It used to be a truism: Rap fans are fickle. Rap fans don't take care of their elder statesmen. Rap fans are only after what's…
Tom Breihan | June 28, 2017 - 11:55 am

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Look What Prodigy Brought To The Table

Prodigy slumps in a musty easychair, sweaty and shirtless. The room is dark and dank. Candles burn. A skull sits in a pizza box next…
Tom Breihan | June 21, 2017 - 10:40 am

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Let’s Talk About This Year’s XXL Freshmen

When XXL first started picking its rap freshmen a decade ago, none of them owed anything to the internet. Today, that's a tough thing to…
Tom Breihan | June 14, 2017 - 9:57 am

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Gunplay Will Still Beat The Shit Out Of You

Pity the rap-crew enforcer. It's a vital but thankless job. Every ascendant rap Michael Jordan needs a Charles Oakley, a guy there to reinforce the…
Tom Breihan | June 7, 2017 - 12:33 pm

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Metro Boomin Is The Best Rap Producer To Come Along In Years

Gucci Mane isn't a consistently great rapper anymore. It's OK. It happens. It happens to a lot of once-dominant rappers once their unreal creative peaks…
Tom Breihan | May 31, 2017 - 11:00 am

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Buddy & Kaytranada Make Effortless, Breezy Summertime Rap Music

There are so many kinds of good rapping. There are the obvious forms, of course. There's the breathless technical rapping. There's the idiosyncratic, inventive, stylistically…
Tom Breihan | May 24, 2017 - 12:56 pm

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Six Albums That Prove Underground Rap Is In A Great Place Right Now

This is a complete bullshit occurs-to-you-in-the-shower thought, but bear with me here: Trap music is our disco. It's our late-'10s equivalent of what was happening…
Tom Breihan | May 17, 2017 - 2:50 pm

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DJ Khaled Has Made A Lot Of Bangers Without Actually Doing Anything

There's a moment toward the end of "I'm The One," the new DJ Khaled posse cut that is currently somehow the #1 song in the
Tom Breihan | May 10, 2017 - 12:23 pm

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What Will Become Of Ja Rule?

I once saw Ja Rule scream "It's Murda!" in an elevator. About 12 years ago, when I'd first moved to New York and gone to…
Tom Breihan | May 3, 2017 - 11:01 am

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Does Lil Uzi Vert Suck?

Three videos. First video: Last February, Lil Uzi Vert, a surging young rapper, visits the Hot 97 morning show, a place where many surging young…
Tom Breihan | April 26, 2017 - 10:42 am

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Tee Grizzley’s Hard-As-Hell Jail-Rap Strikes An Emotional Chord

Rap needs characters. It's a genre built on outsized, larger-than-life personas, on extroverted human charisma-bombs who willed themselves to superhero status. Right now, two of…
Tom Breihan | April 19, 2017 - 11:36 am

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What Happened To Ludacris?

In 2004, Spike Jonze had already made Being John Malkovich and Adaptation, and he'd mostly retired from making music videos. There were, however, exceptions. Jonze,…
Tom Breihan | April 12, 2017 - 12:51 pm

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Listening To Kodak Black Is A Complicated Thing

Last year, I wrote a column about how Kodak Black was everything great about rap music. Kodak was 18, his star was rising, and he'd…
Tom Breihan | April 5, 2017 - 11:03 am

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Kendrick Lamar Is Ready For War

It's time to revisit that old question: Who is running rap? In a genre that thrives on competition, on subtle slights and internal gossip, the…
Tom Breihan | March 29, 2017 - 12:11 pm

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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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