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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 »

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 »

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 meant “thing that rappers give away for free on the internet.” But now Drake is calling If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late a mixtape, even though he’s selling it… More »

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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'…
Chris DeVille | May 28, 2015 - 11:46 am
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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
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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 tur…
Collin Robinson | February 20, 2015 - 10:00 am

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
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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
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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
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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'…
Stereogum | April 25, 2014 - 4:33 pm
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Roach Gigz – “It’s Lit” (feat. Iamsu!) Video (Stereogum Premeire)

Two weeks ago, I gave Mixtape Of The Week to Roachy Balboa Round 3, the new one from San Francisco's Roach Gigz. One of the…
Tom Breihan | August 14, 2013 - 2:33 pm
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Nick Catchdubs – “Bizness” (Feat. Iamsu! & Jay Ant)

If we were putting money on it, I'd tell you that Fool's Gold Records co-owner Nick Catchdubs is the best party DJ in the game…
Claire Lobenfeld | July 23, 2013 - 4:10 pm

Iamsu! – “The Realest” (Feat. Problem)

The endlessly likable Richmond, California rapper/producer Iamsu! has been having a big 2013. First, he and the Compton rapper Problem linked up for the fun-as-hell…
Tom Breihan | July 9, 2013 - 12:19 pm
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