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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 minimal, drunk party music that's come to dominate West Coast rap in recent years. Later this week, Iamsu! will follow up last year's Sincerely Yours album with a new EP… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 23, 2015

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 out, and it was good enough to be featured as one of the five deadly venoms in The Week In Rap. The Cali emcee continues on his divergent… More »

By: Collin Robinson / February 20, 2015

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 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… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 18, 2015

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 on his new mixtape. Today he announced that the follow up to 2014's album Sincerely Yours is called Eyes On Me. It will be out two weeks from tomorrow… More »

By: Caitlin White / February 13, 2015

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, of course, partly because sometimes great songs get popular and partly because sometimes popular songs that initially strike you as insufferable end up wearing you down through sheer persistence. More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 18, 2014

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 came out. As usual, it's a unique assembly of talent, not just a retread of your basic festival mainstay. A sampling of notable acts: Wu-Tang Clan (featuring... who knows?), the… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 9, 2014

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 usher in the West Coast's recent wave of minimal, thudding club-rap. And now he's finally getting around to releasing an album. His official debut Sincerely Yours comes out next week,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 6, 2014

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 not much in this week's 5 Best Songs that bears even a tangential connection to that bygone moment. Well, there's British singer Hannah Diamond. And there's White Lung, whose… More »

By: Stereogum / April 25, 2014

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 ThatMore »

By: Tom Breihan / April 11, 2014

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 Gemini, and it feels like Iamsu!'s most direct shot at ratchet rap radio-domination. But Iamsu! has another side to him, and that's very much on display in the new… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 5, 2014

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… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 28, 2014

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 codified country radio landscape. I hadn't paid close attention to mainstream country since I was a kid, but somehow "Stuck Like Glue" made its way into my browser and captured… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 17, 2014

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

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 things I liked about that tape was the way Roach adapted his antic hornball rap style to the chilly, minimal party-music sound that currently dominates West Coast rap. O… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 14, 2013

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 right now. In the past few years, he's dominated Brooklyn and beyond when it comes to throwing down the best tunes for the people on the dancefloor: He can feel… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / July 23, 2013

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 collaborative mixtape Million Dollar Afro. Then, Iamsu released his own solo tape Kilt II, which was a bit of an emotive downer. But there's now a deluxe editio… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 9, 2013

Download Iamsu! Kilt II Mixtape

The springy, energetic, fun-as-hell Richmond, California rapper Iamsu! has landed in the Mixtape Of The Week column twice recently: Once for last year's $uzy 6 $peed and once for Million Dollar Afro, the collaborative tape with Problem that he released earlier this year. But he should've pulled it off three times; I slept… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 6, 2013

Mixtape Of The Week: Problem & Iamsu! Million Dollar Afro

I had a strange realization the other day: I was getting ready to write a Mixtape Of The Week piece about Casino, Future's brother, and his Ex Drug Dealer tape, which I like OK but which I was just choosing because Future is all over the tape and because I like the way Casino… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 10, 2013

Iamsu! – “Don’t Stop” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

The fluid, charlismatic Richmond, California rapper Iamsu! is almost certainly the most consistent artist working the spacious, club-friendly West Coast ratchet music sound. Last year, I gave Mixtape Of The Week to his $uzy 6 $peed. (I should've also given it to his earlier and superior Kilt tape, but I slept on that… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 27, 2013

Mixtape Of The Week: Iamsu! $uzy 6 $peed

I've spent some ungodly chunk of my adult life attempting to write critically about rap music, and one of the hardest things about the genre to approach is one of its simplest elemental building blocks: The simple idea of flow, of words tumbling intuitively over each other. Some rappers have it, some don't, some have… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 14, 2012
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