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Young Thug Is His Own Genre Now

On the old Comedy Central puppets-doing-prank-calls show Crank Yankers, there was once a sketch where Ludacris called Def Jam president Kevin Liles and informed him…
Tom Breihan | August 31, 2016 - 9:38 am

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Bankroll Fresh: Death Of A Hot Boy

For anyone who regularly wastes time on Twitter, the brief and fleeting death-scare is a familiar sensation. You see the name of a celebrity you…
Tom Breihan | March 9, 2016 - 11:18 am

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A Mannie Fresh Comeback Needs To Happen

"Hate" is a fun song: jittery bounce beat, tingly synthetic bells, humming keyboard riff, chanted hook, three rappers tripping all over each other and talking…
Tom Breihan | March 2, 2016 - 11:46 am

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Stream Iamsu! 6 Speed

The Richmond, California rapper Iamsu! makes breezy, endlessly likable party anthems that often veer confidently into introspection. And he has a habit of releasing albums…
Tom Breihan | August 24, 2016 - 10:24 am

Stream Iamsu! Kilt 3

Last night, when nobody was paying attention, the Bay Area party-rap king Iamsu! released his new full-length Kilt 3. The last two Kilt installments were…
Tom Breihan | March 23, 2016 - 4:32 pm

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A Mannie Fresh Comeback Needs To Happen

"Hate" is a fun song: jittery bounce beat, tingly synthetic bells, humming keyboard riff, chanted hook, three rappers tripping all over each other and talking…
Tom Breihan | March 2, 2016 - 11:46 am

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Vince Staples Vs. The ’90s Rap Canon

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…
Tom Breihan | November 4, 2015 - 12:43 pm

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

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Status Ain’t Hood: Jay Rock Stands In The Shadows Of Giants

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…
Tom Breihan | September 16, 2015 - 11:55 am

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Status Ain’t Hood: Tyga Is Rap’s Smarmiest Villain, And That’s A Good Thing

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,…
Tom Breihan | June 24, 2015 - 3:16 pm

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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

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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
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