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 »
The Harlem singer Tim Vocals is an artist who thrives on contradiction. First, and perhaps most important, there's the contradiction between your ego and the fact that you are listening to someone…   Read Story »
There are moments where I feel like bop, the fast-growing Chicago dance-rap subgenre, was invented entirely to irritate and frighten and confuse aging rap fans, to force upon them the realization…   Read Story »
Atlanta, man. City full of weirdos. Look at some of the city's biggest rap stars at the moment: Middle-aged bad-joke craftsman 2 Chainz, soul-baring Auto-Tune gurgler Future, yammering helium-voiced…   Read Story »