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 »
At this point, "mixtape" pretty much means the same thing as "album," with the crucial caveat that it's available for free online and there's a good chance that some DJ will be screaming over the…   Read Story »
I was really enjoying hating Mac Miller. He was so much fun to hate. Here was this annoying bemused-goon Bob Marley poster-type motherfucker who came out of nowhere and rode the Wiz Khalifa wave to…   Read Story »
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 »