It's funny how this Mixtape Of The Week business works. Some weeks, there will be absolutely nothing exciting happening, and some weeks we'll get so many good mixtapes, often on the same day, that I…   Read Story »
For whatever reason, all the best all the best albums I've heard this spring have been dank, dark, hopeless, fearsome, towering things, all expansive wrath and monolithic misanthropy: Triptykon's…   Read Story »
Someone on Twitter (and I wish I could remember who) pointed out a fascinating factoid recently: Every time Gucci Mane goes away to prison -- something that happens way too often -- one of his 1017…   Read Story »
In that amazing new John Jeremiah Sullivan New York Times Magazine story about forgotten country blues geniuses, Sullivan discusses one old musicologist's idea of geographic clusters of influence:…   Read Story »
I've always had a problem with Girl Talk, and my problem has been this: When he piles on those shards of pop hits so quickly that you barely have time to register what the song is before it's over, I…   Read Story »
Here's today's exercise in weird geography: Zuse is a rapper from Kingston, Jamaica who currently resides in Atlanta and who takes his name, sort of, from the King of the Greek gods. (I suppose it's…   Read Story »
I saw a lot of rappers at SXSW this year -- according to a few smart people I talked to, this was the year rap effectively took over the festival -- but I only saw one who cared about rapping to the…   Read Story »
Vince Staples came about as close as you can come to being a member of Odd Future without actually joining Odd Future. On the crew's first wave of internet-breaking mixtapes, Staples is all over some…   Read Story »
When the Berkeley, California rapper 100s released his Ice Cold Perm mixtape a couple of years ago, I initially took a pass on it because of Main Attrakionz fatigue. 100s came from the orbit of that…   Read Story »
The Migos are, in some deeply fascinating ways, the early-'00s answer to Das EFX, the New York/New Jersey duo who introduced the much-lampooned tongue-flipping iggity-wiggity style to rap way the…   Read Story »