Can you imagine SpaceGhostPurrp's face when he first heard "Murder On My Mind"? I can't, since I'm not entirely sure what SpaceGhostPurrp looks like. But SGP has built a career by digging deep into,…   Read Story »
Whether you love his whole thing or whether you're hopelessly, painfully confused by it, Lil B is, in 2013, a tremendously important rapper, a transformative figure in the internet-rap underground.…   Read Story »
"Vic Mensa" is a terrible rap name. The young Chicagoan rapper actually has the name Victor Mensah on his birth certificate, which lessens the blow a bit. But the name still rankles; it's like if I…   Read Story »
Chicago teenage-nihilist-rap fatigue is a very real thing. Last year, in this space, I recommended Lil Reese's hard-as-hell tape Don't Like, shortly before a video of Reese beating the shit out of a…   Read Story »
If Cut 4 Me, the first mixtape from the D.C-born and L.A.-based singer Kelela, worked as a simple production showcase for the various names associated with the dance label Fade To Mind, it would be…   Read Story »
There's a really great twitter, @MeekMillRapLike, that meme-ishly collects all-caps comparisons for Philadelphia rap star Meek Mill's delivery: "MEEK MILL RAP LIKE HE STEPPED ON A LEGO PIECE," "MEEK…   Read Story »
Before Kendrick Lamar had his "Control" verse, Gucci Mane had "Birds Of A Feather," the song where he recklessly named just about every rapper he knew and let them know exactly where they stood with…   Read Story »
Late into Tree House is Le1f's most sensual and sensory song, one aptly named "Oils." If the title doesn't emit a sense of sex, then the Potionz-produced beat, which drips with bedroom bass and porn…   Read Story »
No less than a month ago, Tom had this to say about Gucci Mane's 2013 output so far: "[He] has always been happy to absolutely fuck up our collective music-listening schedules. 'Prolific' just…   Read Story »
The kid still has his fans, and he's by no means a lost cause, but one of my great rap disappointments this year has been the young Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$. Joey's 2012 breakout mixtape 1999 was…   Read Story »