Rap is a personal thing, and those of us who listen to the stuff all have our own particular sets of likes and dislikes. They vary from one listener to the next, and there's no such thing as a right…   Read Story »
You know that clicking sound that the back of your throat makes when it's really tired? That deep door-creaking thing? The one that disappears completely when you speak at any volume above a mutter?…   Read Story »
A few years ago, Jeremih came off like Trey Songz' younger cousin, or like a poor man's Usher: A slick young R&B loverman who sounded happiest when he was playing songs that could conceivably get…   Read Story »
The definition of "mixtape" has changed a lot over the years, especially when it comes to single-artist projects. Mixtapes were once, of course, actual cassettes, documents of DJ mixes, sometimes…   Read Story »
Jeremih and Shlohmo are an unlikely combination for a lot of obvious reasons. One is a black guy from Chicago who sings slick, radio-directed R&B, and the other is a white guy from Los Angeles who…   Read Story »
DVS is a character, an ex-New York hardcore guy who now works in a strip club and who does all the standard self-promotional rapper things on Twitter while also being funnier than most actual…   Read Story »
Near the end of YG's My Krazy Life, easily my favorite rap album of 2014, there's a posse cut called "When I Was Gone," and it's a weird one. Other than YG, there's nobody famous on that song;…   Read Story »
Can I be honest here? This column isn't getting any easier to write. Part of it is that I've been writing the thing for nearly three years and there are only so many ways to say, "This person raps…   Read Story »
Lord Jamar, the least-great member of the once-great New Rochelle rap trio Brand Nubian, has found himself a maddening niche in 2014: He's rap's Glen Beck or Michael Savage, the pundit who goes…   Read Story »
Lil B is no longer the most important or innovative member of the Pack. The Based God's entire head-blown love-the-world schtick has had a tremendous impact across underground rap, but he's been…   Read Story »