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Photos: SXSW 2015

SXSW 2015 has come and gone. As Scott noted over the weekend, it was an altogether less corporate, less celebrity-infused, less insane experience than in recent years, though of course it was still at least a little corporate and celebrity-infused and insane. (We never did make it to the McDonald's showcase, damn.) As much a… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 23, 2015 - 2:14 pm

The Week In Rap: Kanye West Murders The Brits

Last week, for the third time ever, a rapper won an Oscar. And for the first of those three times, it didn't feel like a fluke. The first rapper to win was Eminem, who would've taken home the trophy for "Lose Yourself" in 2003 if he'd bothered to show up. That was the Academy acknowledging… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 4, 2015 - 10:52 am

The Week In Rap: Big Sean Is Good Now, Somehow

In the annals of rap history, Fat Joe holds a curious distinction. Joe is a just-OK rapper, a guy who fills space just fine on tracks but who almost never says anything that'll rattle around in your consciousness. But Joe has been on more great songs than any other just-OK rapper in history. The list… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 25, 2015 - 5:27 pm

The Week In Rap: Farewell To The Jacka

After three and a half years, Mixtape Of The Week is dead. In its place, we've got a new feature on Stereogum, one loosely based on Chris DeVille's Week In Pop column. The Week In Rap won't go as deep as that column does, but it'll give us a chance to go in deep o… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 4, 2015 - 4:00 pm

Kevin Gates Wants You To Know He’s Fucking His Cousin

Kevin Gates is one of the best rappers working today, a furious and emotive stylist who brings an intensity that few of his peers can match. Luca Brasi 2, the mixtape he released last year, is absolutely essential to anyone who loves rap music. But as some of us learned watching the movie Great BallsMore »

By: Tom Breihan / January 9, 2015 - 9:07 am

Kevin Gates – “I Don’t Get Tired” (Feat. August Alsina) Video

Kevin Gates waited until the year was almost over to release one of its best mixtapes. Luca Brasi 2, the new one from the Baton Rouge rapper, is a fearsome, cathartic piece of work, a powerful showcase for one of the greatest rappers we have working right now. Over the weekend, Gates shared the new… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 22, 2014 - 9:34 am

Mixtape Of The Week: Kevin Gates Luca Brasi 2

If you've ever spent too long speaking uninterrupted -- teaching a class, say, or reading aloud to your kids -- you've probably noticed your voice fraying and decaying, reducing itself to a husk more quickly than you might've thought possible. That zombie version of your own voice -- grainy, creaking, drained of vitality -- doe… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 17, 2014 - 4:21 pm

The 40 Best Rap Albums Of 2014

In 2014, rap's biggest names more or less sat the year out. Kanye West never got around to releasing that populist masterwork he's been promising. Drake threw a bunch of great songs up on Soundcloud rather than compiling those songs into an LP. Jay Z went on tour with his wife but gave us no… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 16, 2014 - 11:10 am

Download Kevin Gates Luca Brasi 2

Last year, Kevin Gates, a longtime rap hero in his Baton Rouge hometown, broke the fuck out nationally with his incredible mixtape The Luca Brasi Story. Gates has released a couple of other mixtapes since then, and they've been good. But in naming his new tape Luca Brasi 2, Gates is signaling to the world… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 15, 2014 - 10:29 am

Kevin Gates – “Perfect Imperfection”

16 days before 2014 ends, the Baton Rouge rap monster Kevin Gates will release a new mixtape, presumably because he likes making things difficult for those of us who are trying to make "best rap mixtape of 2014" lists. Gates has already shared a generous handful of tracks that will probably appear on his forthcoming… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 24, 2014 - 12:52 pm

Kevin Gates – “Out The Mud” Video

Next month, the fearsome Louisiana rapper Kevin Gates releases his new Luca Brasi 2 mixtape out into the world, and he's already shared early tracks "Reasonable Suspicion," "Crazy," and the August Alsina collab "I Don't Get Tired." Now Gates has a video for another new song, the full-bodied drug-dealing anthem "Out The Mud." Jerome DMore »

By: Tom Breihan / November 19, 2014 - 12:07 pm

Kevin Gates – “I Don’t Get Tired” (Feat. August Alsina)

Lately, the Baton Rouge rap monster Kevin Gates has been throwing up new songs like "Reasonable Suspicion" and "Crazy" online. Now, we know why. Next month, Gates will release Luca Brasi 2, the sequel to The Luca Brasi Story, the amazing 2013 mixtape that put Gates on the map. There's an iTunes pre-order for LucaMore »

By: Tom Breihan / November 17, 2014 - 1:31 pm

Kevin Gates – “Crazy”

The hungry, ferocious Baton Rouge rapper, who released the very good By Any Means mixtape earlier this year, might have a new mixtape in the works. Or he might just be cranking out new songs online so more people will go see him live. Either way, it's good to have Gates in active mode. Last… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 11, 2014 - 1:08 pm

Kevin Gates – “Reasonable Suspicion”

The Baton Rouge rapper Kevin Gates released the very good By Any Means mixtape earlier this year. And even though casual fans probably just know him as the guy who says you should eat booty, he's also one of the most ferocious and entrancing figures on the entire underground rap landscape. On the new loose… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 6, 2014 - 10:44 am

Watch An XXL Freshmen 2014 Cypher With Chance The Rapper, Isaiah Rashad, Vic Mensa, Kevin Gates, & August Alsina

XXL's annual Freshman Class issue is always a sketchy proposition, but it always includes at least a handful of genuine talents. Five of the most interesting guys on this year's list have joined forces for a cypher not unlike the ones we see on the BET Awards every year. Watch below as Southern storyteller supreme… More »

By: Chris DeVille / June 2, 2014 - 2:24 pm

XXL Reveals 2014 Freshman Class

The rap magazine XXL finds its biggest moment, culturally, when it unveils its not-quite-annual "freshman class" cover, grouping together a crew of up-and-coming rappers earmarked for stardom. Some of those rappers go on to actual stardom (Macklemore, Kendrick Lamar, Future), and others not so much (Charles Hamilton). This year's cover includes at least two people… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 6, 2014 - 9:27 am

Mixtape Of The Week: Kevin Gates By Any Means

I saw a lot of rappers at SXSW this year -- according to a few smart people I talked to, this was the year rap effectively took over the festival -- but I only saw one who cared about rapping to the exclusion of all else. On a packed rooftop full of industry gladhanders, at… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 26, 2014 - 12:17 pm

Kevin Gates – “Arm & Hammer” Video

Fresh off a diamond-in-the-rough performance at SXSW, Kevin Gates has released a video for a cut from his new mixtape, By Any Means. (Gates' mixtape The Luca Brasi Story made the 13th spot on our Best Rap Albums of 2013 List.) In the video for "Arm & Hammer" we get the sneering growled cadence that's making Gate… More »

By: Sam Behrens / March 20, 2014 - 11:21 am

Download Kevin Gates By Any Means Mixtape

Last year, the Baton Rouge, Louisiana rapper Kevin Gates released two of the best rap full-lengths, the mixtape The Luca Brasi Story and the album Stranger Than Fiction. Last week, he played the single best live rap show I saw during all of SXSW, turning a packed clusterfuck rooftop into a confessional. And today, he… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 18, 2014 - 9:47 am

Kevin Gates Shines In Ridiculous Circumstances At SXSW

Rap shows at SXSW are always clusterfucky, but I don't think I've ever witnessed a clusterfuck quite as clusterfucked as Southern Hospitality's showcase last night. The show was on the roof of Avenue On Congress, a thoroughly undistinguished bar a few blocks away from the 6th Street bacchanal. The roof itself was so packed that… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 14, 2014 - 11:55 am
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