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Vince Staples is 22 years old. He was born in 1993. When Illmatic and Ready To Die came out, he was a baby. Staples made one of the best rap albums of the year, by any metric. He put it together with No I.D., a producer who was making classic music when Staples was barely… More »

It’s ridiculous to talk about Black Hippy, the California rap supergroup, as if they were the Who, but let’s do it anyway. If Black Hippy are the Who, then Kendrick Lamar is the Pete Townshend, the showy creative genius who’s always testing himself and his audience, attempting grand and ridiculous gestures and actually pulling them… More »

Rap needs villains. They keep things interesting. For years, Suge Knight reigned as rap’s dominant supervillain, and he did it without rapping a single bar, which somehow makes it more impressive. Lately, Birdman has played a more low-key version of the domineering-label-owner type that Knight pioneered, but he’s enforced his dominance by locking people into… More »

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Iamsu! – “Throwin It” (Feat. Trevor Jackson)

The party-starting Richmond, California rapper Iamsu! has been making icy, minimal, catchy-as-hell West Coast rap tunes since before that was cool, and his new track…
Tom Breihan | October 29, 2015 - 1:49 pm

Status Ain’t Hood: Beatking, Sauce Twinz, And Houston Rap’s Next Wave

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…
Tom Breihan | June 10, 2015 - 9:49 am

Spoon – “Inside Out (DJ Quik Remix)” (Feat. Iamsu!, Kurupt, & Boogie)

Britt Daniel has said from the beginning that Spoon's floaty, experimental piano-pop single "Inside Out" was inspired by Dr. Dre's 2001. Now one of Dre's…
Chris DeVille | May 28, 2015 - 11:46 am

Download Tinashe Amethyst

Following up her excellent debut, Aquarius, Tinashe released a new mixtape today called Amethyst. The seven-track tape features production from internet beat genius Ryan Hemsworth…
Caitlin White | March 16, 2015 - 1:00 pm

Stream Iamsu! Eyes On Me

The Richmond, California rapper Iamsu! has an amiable, sing-songy flow and a tendency to rap about positivity, but he's also enormously important in popularizing the…
Tom Breihan | February 23, 2015 - 5:26 pm

Iamsu! – “Hella Good” (Feat. Tyga) (Stereogum Premiere)

Richmond spitter Iamsu! is back just a week after dropping the DJ Mustard-produced "Nothin Less." That song was slightly mellower than what Iamsu! usually turns…
Collin Robinson | February 20, 2015 - 10:00 am

The Week In Rap: The Indestructible Career Of Juicy J

I stopped doing Mixtape Of The Week at the exact right goddam time. Three weeks ago, when I wrote my last MOTW column, "mixtape" still…
Tom Breihan | February 18, 2015 - 2:38 pm

Iamsu! – “Nothin Less” (Prod. DJ Mustard)

A lot of people categorize Iamsu!'s past output as ratchet, but the Bay Area rapper and producer is gearing up for a more introspective slant…
Caitlin White | February 13, 2015 - 3:30 pm

The Week In Pop’s Top 50 Pop Songs Of 2014

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,…
Chris DeVille | December 18, 2014 - 2:27 pm

Bumbershoot Lineup 2014

The Bumbershoot Festival goes down in venues around Seattle every year on Labor Day weekend, and the lineup for this year's festivities on 8/30-9/1 just…
Chris DeVille | May 9, 2014 - 9:46 am

Stream Iamsu! Sincerely Yours

The young Richmond, California rapper Iamsu! has released a string of consistently enjoyable mixtapes, appeared on a ton of other people's hits, and helped to…
Tom Breihan | May 6, 2014 - 4:55 pm

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

Look, for some of us, every week is Britpop Week, but for all practical purposes, Britpop Week is over. Just like Britpop itself, sadly. There's…
Stereogum | April 25, 2014 - 4:33 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…
Tom Breihan | April 11, 2014 - 1:41 pm

Iamsu! – “Yesterday”

Last week, the ascendant Richmond, California rapper Iamsu! shared the ridiculously propulsive single "Only That Real." It's got features from 2 Chainz and Sage The…
Tom Breihan | February 5, 2014 - 11:21 am

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…
Tom Breihan | January 28, 2014 - 10:59 am

The Week In Pop: Why So Serious, Jennifer Nettles?

My first exposure to Sugarland was the video for "Stuck Like Glue," a 2010 single that injected a shot of unexpected quirk to the heavily…
Chris DeVille | January 17, 2014 - 2:58 pm

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,…
Tom Breihan | December 16, 2013 - 8:35 am