Status Ain’t Hood

Status Ain't Hood

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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Gucci Mane’s Beautiful Victory Lap

Before last month, Gucci Mane's voice had never appeared on a song that got higher than #14 on the Billboard charts. And even that #14…
Tom Breihan | November 30, 2016 - 11:36 am

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E-40 Is A National Treasure

A couple of weeks ago, the entire rap world welcomed A Tribe Called Quest back with open arms. That was exactly as it should've been.
Tom Breihan | November 23, 2016 - 11:23 am

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“Juju On That Beat” And The Towering Legacy Of “Knuck If You Buck”

It showed up in the lower reaches of the Billboard top 10 last week: A giddy new dance-craze record, one made by a couple of…
Tom Breihan | November 16, 2016 - 11:52 am

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Donald Trump And Rap Music

Donald Trump used to feel OK about rap music -- or, at the very least, he used to present himself as someone who felt OK…
Tom Breihan | November 9, 2016 - 2:15 pm

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Meek Mill Is A Rapper, Not A Cautionary Tale

A year and a half ago, Meek Mill was the most vital and most commercially relevant unreformed street-rapper left working. Where the entire commercial rap…
Tom Breihan | November 2, 2016 - 12:03 pm

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On The Triumphant Nastiness Of CupcakKe

CupcakKe is not subtle. The 19-year-old Chicago rapper first found internet fame with a song called "Vagina." She titled her first mixtape Cum Cake. She…
Tom Breihan | October 26, 2016 - 11:24 am

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The World’s Best Rap Music Comes From California

The G-funk era is over, but it might be just beginning again. Those days -- the classic early-'90s halcyon era of West Coast rap --…
Tom Breihan | October 19, 2016 - 12:07 pm

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The 10 Best BET Cypher Performances Of All Time

The BET Hip-Hop Awards are a fairly meaningless annual event, except for one thing: They're where we get to see the Cyphers, the video series…
Tom Breihan | October 12, 2016 - 10:59 am

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Aesop Rock & Homeboy Sandman’s Rap For Rap’s Sake

Once upon a time, I couldn't stand Aesop Rock. This wasn't something I was eager to say out loud in public. I still bought his…
Tom Breihan | October 5, 2016 - 12:34 pm
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