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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 Back" video, which was also great. And now, 2 Chainz has made another video for a Freebase track, and in this case, it's the Cap 1/Ty Dolla $ign collab "They… More »

By: 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?" As I explained at length last month, the Warped Tour scene that carried Hayley Williams and company to stardom was very much a pop star delivery system, and if anyone… More »

By: 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 cold open. It was pretty good! Jay (Jay Pharoah) and Solange (Sasheer Zamata) let us know everything's cool between them, and actually if you watch the video with audio it… More »

By: 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 pretty big ripple-effect in Atlanta, too. Mustard is also one of the driving creative forces behind 2014's best rap album, YG's My Krazy Life. And now he's going solo, getting… More »

By: 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, too! But it's not on the list this week, and neither are any of those. There's definitely, absolutely a place for abstract, non-representational music videos, videos about wandering freaky alie… More »

By: 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 Alex Nazari, is a relatively minimal exercise in cartoonish coolness. 2 Chainz spends most of the black-and-white video piloting a low-rider bicycle through Compton, California. He also spends some time… More »

By: 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 many good mixtapes, often on the same day, that I practically bust an eye vein stressing about which one I'm picking. Last week, for instance, was so barren that I… More »

By: 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 no longer be Tity Boi and making fun, engaging, catchy-as-fuck mixtapes like T.R.U. REALigion. And now 2 Chainz has released his first new mixtape since he finally found his way… More »

By: 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 he hadn't seemed like he'd fully rejoined the rap world until this moment. The new 2 Chainz single "Wuda Cuda Shuda" would've been a pretty big rap song even without… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 2, 2014 - 3:11 pm

Iamsu! – “Only That Real” (Feat. 2 Chainz & Sage The Gemini) Video

The young Richmond, California rapper Iamsu! occupies an interesting place in the California rap ecosystem: He's a tremendously influential figure and a cult success, someone who shows up on a ton of other people's hit songs but who can't seem to make one himself. His latest attempt to chance this status is "Only That Real,"… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 11, 2014 - 1:41 pm

2 Chainz Charged With Felony Drug Possession

Last June, 2 Chainz had a little hiccup getting through security at LAX, when TSA allegedly found a bag of weed and some promethazine with codeine in one of his bags. Now the self-proclaimed Codeine Cowboy has a felony charge to commemorate the occasion. More »

By: Sam Behrens / April 3, 2014 - 12:38 pm

Schoolboy Q – “What They Want” (Feat. 2 Chainz) Video

Schoolboy Q's great new LP Oxymoron is the #1 album in the country, but it's also a rough and clattering rap record with precious few concessions to Q's new Interscope overlords. Even a track that would seem to scream "next single" -- like "What They Want," which has a Mike Will Made-It beat and a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 7, 2014 - 9:46 am

Watch Miley Cyrus Cover “Yoshimi” With The Flaming Lips And Turn OutKast’s “Hey Ya!” Into A Country Ballad

Miley Cyrus has long been a fan of the Flaming Lips. She's been tweeting their lyrics for years and has called Wayne Coyne one of her favorite artists of all time. For his part, the OKC psych-rock band's leader has tweeted at Cyrus, too and gave her props in a recent interview. So last night'… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / February 23, 2014 - 2:26 pm

The Week In Pop: Candice Glover And American Idol‘s Decline

Did you know the reigning American Idol champion's album is out this week? Maybe the better question is: Do you know who the reigning American Idol champion is? Candice Glover is quite alright, so I hope your answer is yes, but I suspect it's no. More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 20, 2014 - 1:11 pm

The Week In Pop: Miley Brings The Monogenre To MTV Unplugged

You don't have to be a legit rock star to get an MTV Unplugged these days. In recent years the show has hosted quite a few household names (Paramore, Alicia Keys, Adele, Mumford & Sons, Katy Perry, 30 Seconds To Mars, a very-plugged-in Lil Wayne). Some of the world's most popular rock bands of the… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 30, 2014 - 6:46 pm

Iamsu! – “Only That Real” (Feat. 2 Chainz & Sage The Gemini)

The effortlessly fluid young Richmond, California rapper Iamsu! has built an audience over the last couple of years with mixtapes like $uzy 6 $peed and the Problem collab Million Dollar Afro, both past Mixtapes Of The Week. And after his fellow HBK Gang crew member Sage The Gemini scored a couple of out-of-nowhere hits last… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 28, 2014 - 10:59 am

Watch Kanye Rapping In 1998 In Cap 1’s Caviar Dreams Trailer

These days the Chicago rapper Cap 1 is often seen alongside 2 Chainz, but some 16-year-old footage that just surfaced online shows him alongside Chainz's buddy Kanye West. The trailer for Cap's new mixtape Caviar Dreams features home video of Cap rapping in front of a gold curtain then passing the mic to the young… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 8, 2014 - 9:37 am

The 40 Best Rap Albums Of 2013

Last year, there was one album -- Kendrick Lamar's Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City -- that united virtually the entire rap-listening public in adoration. This year, no such luck. Many heard my #1 pick of the year (and you can probably already guess what it is) as the work of a sonic visionary, and plenty more… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 16, 2013 - 8:35 am

Watch R. Kelly Play A Woman Like A Violin, Get Covered By Benedict Cumberbatch On Kimmel

Anything R. Kelly does anything on a stage, you owe it to yourself to watch. Kelly's new album Black Panties comes out on Tuesday, and last night, he was a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live, playing the outdoor festival stage to a louder reaction than most of the bands who show up there. Kelly took… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 5, 2013 - 1:33 pm

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

The Week That Was had already delivered to us a pretty impressive number of worthy songs for inclusion in this list, and then, outta nowhere, Death Grips dropped a whole new album, giving us 10 more songs to sort through for this feature (Government Plates goes 11 tracks deep, but the previously released "Birds" wa… More »

By: Stereogum / November 15, 2013 - 1:30 pm