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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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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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