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 »
I've known guys like this, and you probably have, too: Charismatic dirtbags, greasy-faced self-destructive party machines, guys who are really fun to have around until they start stealing your stuff.…   Read Story »