Mykki Blanco can rap. Last year, I walked into a Swedish hotel ballroom during the Way Out West festival and saw him, shirtless and sweaty, barking bars while standing on the bar in the middle of the…   Read Story »
When a rap song bubbles up out of nowhere and takes over the world, people try to figure out how it happened, and you can usually retrofit some kind of narrative. ILoveMakonnen's "Tuesday" didn't go…   Read Story »
There are two types of people in this world: Those who will not dork out upon seeing the phrase "'Like A Pimp 2015' [ft. Lil Flip]" and those who will. There is a very good chance you haven't thought…   Read Story »
You have to do a lot to stand out in the Atlanta rap universe. AndrĂ© 3000 was wearing platinum wigs and football shoulder pads 15 years ago. This is the city of Gucci Mane, of Fabo, of Future --…   Read Story »
Birdman isn't the center of attention on the Rich Gang mixtape, but let's take a moment for Birdman anyway. For someone who, at least according to conventional wisdom, cannot rap, Brian "Baby"…   Read Story »
Atlanta rap has never exactly been hurting for weirdos; it is, after all, the city that gave the world AndrĂ© 3000. Lately, the city's street-rap universe has been comprised of almost nothing but…   Read Story »
It's too late now, but I really fucked up when I didn't make ILoveMakonnen's I Love Makonnen EP mixtape of the week a month or two ago. Makonnen has songs, and he probably would've been a cult star…   Read Story »
"My name is not OG Bobby Johnson," the Atlanta rapper Que felt compelled to tell the crowd when I saw him jump onstage at the Fool's Gold SXSW showcase this year. This is probably something Que says…   Read Story »
Raury isn't quite there yet. The Atlanta singer-songwriter just turned 18, and he's still figuring out what to do with a fascinating stew of influences that's as much psych-rock as it is neo-soul.…   Read Story »
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 »