A$AP Rocky's "1 Train" is probably the year's most self-consciously cool rap song -- seven boldfaced blog-rap names, painstakingly assembled and sequenced, all attempting to outdo each other with…   Read Story »
Once upon a time, people hated Cassie. In 2006, she was a 19-year-old model-turned-singer whose big single, "Me & U," may or may not have been about blowjobs. After a couple of notoriously bad TV…   Read Story »
I had a strange realization the other day: I was getting ready to write a Mixtape Of The Week piece about Casino, Future's brother, and his Ex Drug Dealer tape, which I like OK but which I was just…   Read Story »
Sometime last year, around the same time I first heard his stuttering foghorn bass-tones on Kitty Pryde and Riff Raff's "Orion's Belt," I jumped on Twitter to say that Beautiful Lou was better than…   Read Story »
As far as I can tell, the three most interesting things about the Spanish Harlem rapper Bodega Bamz are as follows: His nicely sculpted beard, his vague A$AP Mob affiliation, and his name, the last…   Read Story »
The ancestral Oakland pimp-rapper Too Short is arguably one of the, let's say, 10 people in history who have had the most impact on rap music. His trajectory -- hand-to-hand cassette sales to…   Read Story »
Earlier this week, for about half an hour, Gucci Mane officially changed his name to Guwop, announcing the change on his Twitter: "Thanks Fans, for 8 years as Gucci now it's Wop turn." It didn't last…   Read Story »
Young Thug has probably the most generic rap name imaginable; it's like a character that Finesse Mitchell would've played on a halfassed SNL skit in 2005. When you see a name like that, you imagine…   Read Story »
Real talk: There have been more good mixtapes than good albums in 2013. I don't know that there's been a single out-and-out classic, but every week I have to make a seriously difficult decision when…   Read Story »
Pusha T's new Wrath Of Caine mixtape is a cold, impressively clinical thing. Its straight-faced drug raps might be a few qualitative steps up from everything else Pusha's done in the last couple of…   Read Story »