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Status Ain't Hood

Fat Joe, Remy Ma, & The Dream Of A New York Goon-Rap Renaissance

Most rappers never get a Billboard #1. Jay Z didn't get one until "Empire State Of Mind." Drake still doesn't have one, though that seems…
Tom Breihan | May 4, 2016 - 10:40 am

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A$AP Ferg Makes Them Boys Go Loco

Some rappers only barely rap when they get onstage. Instead, they rip through the crowd, stagedive, bark along with hits that aren't even theirs. They…
Tom Breihan | April 27, 2016 - 12:20 pm

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Desiigner’s “Panda” Is The Future Ripoff That Transcended Its Future-Ripoff Status

"I actually laugh at it, there's nothing to get upset about. I compliment the man about his creativity. I think he's a great artist and…
Tom Breihan | April 20, 2016 - 11:30 am

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On Kanye West’s Perfect “Pop Style” Verse

Nobody in the history of rap music has had a run like the one Kanye West has had. Kanye's had seven solo albums in 12…
Tom Breihan | April 13, 2016 - 12:51 pm

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On J-Zone, Rap’s Great Disgruntled Comedian

At the beginning of his new album, Fish-N-Grits, the veteran Queens rapper and producer J-Zone lays out the two sides in rap's great generational schism,…
Tom Breihan | April 6, 2016 - 1:05 pm

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Young Thug Is A Renewable Energy Resource

Atlanta trap music is getting tired. It had a great run. Three or four years ago, this was music that seemed to crackle with electricity.
Tom Breihan | March 30, 2016 - 10:24 am

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The Flatbush Zombie Apocalypse Is Upon Us

A quick note: I wrote this column yesterday, before Phife Dawg died. At this point, it seems ridiculous to have a column about rap and…
Tom Breihan | March 23, 2016 - 11:13 am

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Kamaiyah Just Fucked The Whole Summer Up

Sometimes, a great piece of music will come along and fuck up all your plans. I had a whole idea about what I wanted to…
Tom Breihan | March 16, 2016 - 11:43 am

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Bankroll Fresh: Death Of A Hot Boy

For anyone who regularly wastes time on Twitter, the brief and fleeting death-scare is a familiar sensation. You see the name of a celebrity you…
Tom Breihan | March 9, 2016 - 11:18 am

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A Mannie Fresh Comeback Needs To Happen

"Hate" is a fun song: jittery bounce beat, tingly synthetic bells, humming keyboard riff, chanted hook, three rappers tripping all over each other and talking…
Tom Breihan | March 2, 2016 - 11:46 am

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Stop Trying To Make French Montana Happen

We should talk about Max B. Over the past few years, the Harlem sing-rapper has emerged as one of the most influential rap voices in…
Tom Breihan | February 24, 2016 - 10:39 am

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Rap Grammys Matter, Except Not Really

In one of the more fascinating moments during Kanye West's recent erratic Twitter spree, he mentioned next year's Grammy Awards, saying that he wouldn't show…
Tom Breihan | February 17, 2016 - 12:33 pm

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Is Future Running Out Of Gas?

Three weeks ago, in this space, I wrote that Future was the best rapper working right now. I meant it. The run Future is on…
Tom Breihan | February 10, 2016 - 10:54 am

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The Drake/Meek Mill Beef Enters Its Conspiracy-Theory Phase

The Meek Mill/Drake beef is over. It ended last year. Drake won. Everybody knows this. In fact, it's been years since we've seen a high-profile…
Tom Breihan | February 3, 2016 - 11:15 am

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Kevin Gates Makes Some Strange Decisions On His Major-Label Debut

Kanye West wasn't in the room for the first Kanye West stage-crash of 2016. Instead, a random and stoned-looking young man wandered onstage as the…
Tom Breihan | January 27, 2016 - 9:33 am