AD – “Basic” (Feat. O.T. Genasis) Video

Last year, the Compton rap hardass AD and the producer Sorry JayNari teamed up for the mixtape By The Way, one of the more impressive…
Tom Breihan | March 20, 2017 - 11:20 am

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Young Dolph & Yo Gotti Battle For The Heart Of Memphis Rap

Young Dolph just released the best non-Migos rap album I've heard in 2017. Dolph's new mixtape, Gelato, is a ridiculously solid piece of trap music.
Tom Breihan | February 8, 2017 - 10:35 am

2016 In Review

The 40 Best Rap Albums Of 2016

The larger societal events of the past year had an interesting effect on rap music. Even more than usual, black Americans had to insist, as…
Tom Breihan | December 7, 2016 - 10:25 am

2016 In Review

The Year In LA Gangster Blues (And Reds)

2016 was quietly the year of the gangster, specifically the LA gangster of the red and blue varieties. ScHoolboy Q, Vince Staples, YG, and DJ…
Collin Robinson | December 6, 2016 - 1:43 pm

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The World’s Best Rap Music Comes From California

The G-funk era is over, but it might be just beginning again. Those days -- the classic early-'90s halcyon era of West Coast rap --…
Tom Breihan | October 19, 2016 - 12:07 pm

E-40 – “On One” (Feat. AD)

The Vallejo, California rap legend E-40 has been making records for more than a quarter century, and he still cranks out dizzy, inventive, fun-as-hell rap…
Tom Breihan | October 12, 2016 - 12:26 pm

AD – “Thug” Video (Feat. YG)

AD is a hard Crip spitter from Compton, not to be confused with Kool A.D. formerly of Das Racist. He linked Compton and Bompton by…
Collin Robinson | July 11, 2016 - 5:44 pm

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Kodak Black Is Everything Great About Rap Music

A month ago, Broward County police arrested the 19-year-old Florida rapper Kodak Black after a high-speed chase. Police saw Kodak and a friend trying to…
Tom Breihan | June 15, 2016 - 12:11 pm

Download AD & Sorry Jaynari’s By The Way Mixtape

Right now, we're in the midst of an unreal run of great rap albums, especially from the West Coast. Last week, it was Mandatory Check,…
Tom Breihan | June 14, 2016 - 2:08 pm

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Post Malone’s Codeine Dirtbag Blues

Near my house, there used to be a discount movie theater, a big strip-mall monstrosity that never drew any crowds. I took my son to…
Tom Breihan | May 18, 2016 - 1:38 pm