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Status Ain’t Hood: The Meditative Chamber-Rap Of Dr. Yen Lo

The classic sound of New York rap, the late-’80s/early-’90s style that we most often associate with the city, is based entirely around the drums, and on the way tough and haggard and stressed-out voices interact with those drums. DJ Premier is a legend not because he was an innovator — he wasn’t, not really –… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 27, 2015 - 5:33 pm

Status Ain’t Hood: Fetty Wap Is Like “Hey What’s Up Hello”

During the dark, horrifying Macklemore Ascendancy period of 2013, there was a lot of talk about how the top spot on the Billboard singles charts had become a whites-only zone. And it’s true: In the past few years, white pop-rappers like Macklemore and Iggy Azalea have managed to blow up huge by bypassing rap’s traditionally… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 13, 2015 - 12:38 pm

Curren$y – “Pot Jar” (Feat. Jadakiss)

Over the weekend, the eternally chill New Orleans rapper Curren$y released Pilot Talk III, the eagerly anticipated sequel to his two great 2010 albums, which remain the best things he’s ever done. For the release of Pilot Talk III, Curren$y chose an untraditional method: He’s only selling it for $100. If you buy the album,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 6, 2015 - 9:15 am

The Lox – “All We Know” Video

It’s been a while since Yonkers goon-rap veterans the Lox recorded anything as a unit, but all three members — Jadakiss, Styles P, Sheek Louch — recently reassembled on their new EP The Trinity: 2nd Sermon. Their new video for the EP track “All We Know” is commendably guttural old-school New York hoodies-and-Tims stuff, with… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 10, 2014 - 1:25 pm

Lil Wayne – “Gotti” (Feat. Jadakiss & Styles P)

Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter V was supposed to come out later this year, but now it’s been delayed indefinitely, which is crazy. Wayne is one of the biggest stars in rap, and if he can’t get a firm release date, should we just ball up the whole music business and throw it away? But Wayne… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 29, 2014 - 10:49 am

Girl Talk & Freeway – “I Can Hear Sweat” (Feat. Jadakiss)

Tomorrow, we’ll get to hear what happens when Gregg Gillis makes rap beats for extended periods of time and doesn’t shoot them full of Bon Jovi choruses or whatever. That’s when the unlikely combination of Girl Talk and Freeway will release their collaborative free-download EP Broken Ankles. The two already teamed up for the amazing… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 7, 2014 - 12:34 pm

Meek Mill – “Heaven Or Hell” (Feat. Jadakiss & Guordan Banks) Video

On “Heaven Or Hell,” a track from his great Dreamchasers 3 mixtape, the Philly rap animal Meek Mill flipped the Luniz classic “I Got 5 On It” into a gritty street-life lament. This was a smart thing to do. He also recruited craggy O.G. Jadakiss and R&B singer Guordan Banks for help, and that decisio… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 31, 2014 - 10:26 am

DJ Khaled – “I Did It For My Dawgs” (Feat. Rick Ross, Meek Mill, French Montana, Ace Hood & Jadakiss) Video

DJ Khaled might not have too many talents in this world, but he’s better than just about anyone else at lining up hard-as-fuck rappers for overblown, triumphal posse cuts like this one. Songs like this have gotten a bit more exciting since Meek Mill’s rise to fame, and videos like this have gotten a bit… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 5, 2012 - 9:13 am

Kanye West – “I Don’t Like” Remix (Feat. Chief Keef, Pusha T, Jadakiss & Big Sean)

UPDATE: The dirty, untagged, CD-quality version has now appeared online, so we’ve got it below.

Kanye is still going with this G.O.O.D. Fridays thing! That’s that shit I do like. “Mercy,” Kanye’s last new track, came a couple of weeks ago, and now we’ve got an early leak of the next one: A… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 1, 2012 - 7:38 pm

Uncle Murda – “Warning (Remix)” (Feat. French Montana, Jadakiss, Styles P, Jim Jones, Vado & Cam’ron)

All you really need to know about this posse cut in in this Cam’ron line: “SMACK THE SHIT OUT YOUR NEIGHBOR / SMACK THE SHIT OUT THE MAYOR / SMACK THE SHIT OUT YOUR PREGNANT BABY MOM WHILE SHE IN LABOR.” Also, nobody rips tag-team verses anymore the way Jada and Styles do here. Song… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 25, 2011 - 2:21 pm