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There is so much happening in rap right now, so much to talk about. There’s last night’s still-reverberating Twitterpocalypse. There’s the whole new network of who hates who, those little now-public feuds working like spiderweb cracks in rap’s windshield. There’s the absolutely stunning, uplifting Chance The Rapper performance I witnessed on Sunday night in Chicago,… More »

For decades, Houston has been its own rap planet. There are Houston rappers who have legend status outside their city, like Scarface or UGK, the latter of whom actually come from the not-that-nearby town of Port Arthur. But Houston also has local legends with barely any profile in the rest of the world. Z-Ro and… More »

Two weeks ago we looked at the year’s biggest pop songs; now let’s run down the best ones. There will be a lot of overlap, of course, partly because sometimes great songs get popular and partly because sometimes popular songs that initially strike you as insufferable end up wearing you down through sheer persistence. (“Bang… More »

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2 Chainz – “Trap House Stalkin” (Feat. Young Dolph & Cap 1)

2 Chainz got his start guesting on Ludacris songs 15 years ago, but he really found his voice and built his name up on the…
Tom Breihan | January 6, 2015 - 2:58 pm

Mike Will Made It Ransom Details

Mike WiLL Made It -- one of the most prevalent producers of this year and last -- is releasing his new mixtape, Ransom, next week…
James Rettig | December 10, 2014 - 7:08 pm

Watch SNL Parody Ariana Grande, Megan Trainor, Sam Smith, & Lorde With Young Tarts & Old Farts Commercial

A highlight of tonight's funny (really) and cameo-filled (Jennifer Lawrence, Crazy Eyes) episode of Saturday Night Live was the fake commercial for Young Tarts &
Scott Lapatine | November 16, 2014 - 9:18 am

Shy Glizzy – “Awwsome (Remix)” (Feat. 2 Chainz & A$AP Rocky)

Shy Glizzy is a Washington, D.C. rapper who's built a serious underground following over the past few years and whose Law 2 tape earned Mixtape…
Tom Breihan | October 22, 2014 - 2:37 pm

The Week In Pop: Tove Lo Is About To Release The Best Pop Album Of 2014 (So Far)

Tove Ebba Elsa Nilsson, the pop singer known as Tove Lo, emerged out of Sweden last year with "Habits (Stay High)," a song that pulled…
Chris DeVille | September 25, 2014 - 3:37 pm

The Week In Pop: Are You Ready For Some Chris Brown? (Or Nah?)

Football season is pretty awkward this year. There's a widespread unease about watching our modern gladiators destroy each other when so many of them have…
Chris DeVille | September 18, 2014 - 4:22 pm

The Game – “Don’t Shoot” (Feat. Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Diddy, Fabolous, Wale, DJ Khaled, Swizz Beatz, Yo Gotti, Curren$y, Problem, King Pharaoh, & TGT)

That list of rappers and musicians up top is an all-star team and they've all gotten together for the 6-minute anthem "Don't Shoot" to addre…
James Rettig | August 27, 2014 - 6:44 pm

The Week In Pop: Shawn Mendes, TerRio, And Vine’s Six-Second Stars

Whether busking, mailing out demo tapes, or uploading to MySpace or YouTube, conventional wisdom says you have less than one minute to catch the attentio…
Chris DeVille | July 31, 2014 - 4:01 pm

2 Chainz – “Freebase” Video

A couple of months ago, 2 Chainz released the deeply fun EP-length Freebase mixtape. And after making videos for "Trap Back" and "They Know," he'…
Tom Breihan | July 25, 2014 - 2:58 pm

The Week In Pop: La Roux’s Trouble In Paradise Finds Breezy Ways To Brood

Trouble In Paradise is the sound of Elly Jackson letting her hair down. The La Roux singer's aggressive upward spike of follicles has been combed…
Chris DeVille | July 24, 2014 - 4:21 pm

2 Chainz – “They Know” (Feat. Cap 1 & Ty Dolla $ign) Video

Last month, 2 Chainz released Freebase, and EP-length mixtape that skewed street rather than pop, and it pretty much ruled. That tape yielded the "Trap
Tom Breihan | June 6, 2014 - 12:35 pm

The Week In Pop: Ain’t Paramore Fun?

The question is not so much "How did Paramore end up on American Idol?" as "Why did it take them so long to get there?"…
Chris DeVille | May 22, 2014 - 4:08 pm

SNL Season Finale: Solange/Jay Z Cold Open, EDM & Pharrell Digital Shorts, St. Vincent Confounds Twitter

Tonight's SNL season 39 finale addressed the week's big viral video (Solange attacking Jay Z in an elevator, in case you forgot) right in the…
Scott Lapatine | May 18, 2014 - 12:42 am

DJ Mustard – “Down On Me” (Feat. Ty Dolla $ign & 2 Chainz)

DJ Mustard's minimal, clicking, handclap-heavy beats have, over the past couple of years, changed the entire sound of West Coast rap, and they've had a…
Tom Breihan | May 13, 2014 - 12:52 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

A quick word about Flying Lotus's "Phantasm" video and videos like it: That's a really good video! Many of the videos like it are good,…
Tom Breihan | May 9, 2014 - 3:15 pm

2 Chainz – “Trap Back” Video

"Trap Back" is the first song on Freebase, the ridiculously enjoyable EP-length mixtape that 2 Chainz released on Monday, and its new video, from director…
Tom Breihan | May 7, 2014 - 4:18 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: 2 Chainz Freebase

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…
Tom Breihan | May 7, 2014 - 1:49 pm

Download 2 Chainz Freebase EP

2 Chainz rescued himself from perennial Atlanta-rap also-ran status and catapulted himself to actual for-real stardom by doing two things: Deciding that his name should…
Tom Breihan | May 6, 2014 - 10:14 am

2 Chainz – “Wuda Cuda Shuda” (Feat. Lil Boosie)

Lil Boosie has been out of prison for about a month now, and he's released a couple of songs, "Show Da World" among them. But…
Tom Breihan | May 2, 2014 - 3:11 pm