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Download King Louie Drilluminati 3 (God Of Drill)

Chicago rap headknocker King Louie was helping to develop the drill music sound back when Chief Keef was still just a problem child, and he always seems to summon his greatest fire when he’s working on his Drilluminati mixtape series. Drilluminati, from 2012, and Drilluminati 2, from 2013, both landed in our Mixtape Of The… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 21, 2015 - 9:19 am

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

Status Ain’t Hood: Kendrick Lamar’s Brilliant, Stupid Week

A quick housekeeping note: We’re changing the name of our Week In Rap column because someone else has claimed ownership over the phrase “the week in rap” and because I feel like a total herb every time I use the phrase “hip-hop.” Here’s the story of the new name: Status Ain’t Hood was the name… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 8, 2015 - 10:44 am

Chief Keef – “Faneto (Remix)” (Feat. Lil Bibby, Lil Herb, King Louie & Lil Durk)

When Chicago’s drill music came to prominence a few years ago, arcane beefs and gang alignments kept some of the scene’s brightest lights from jumping on songs together. Drill may have faded from the national imagination, but these guys are all still good at rapping. And now, for what I believe is the first time… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 2, 2015 - 10:11 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Thom Yorke rolled through to dominate the general conversation today, and his twitchy, hypnotic “A Brain In A Bottle” video really belongs on this list. But it came out on Friday, and this list only covers the seven days that ended yesterday. If Yorke was trying to game the system and crush this list, he… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 26, 2014 - 4:49 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: King Louie Drilluminati 2

For me, and for a lot of other people, Kanye West’s Yeezus was the rap album of the year — and the album of the year, period. But general consensus says that the biggest problem with Yeezus as a rap album was the actual rapping — the deluded, snarled, all-over-the-place word-delivery. I don’t agree; Kanye’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 18, 2013 - 1:41 pm

Yeezus Credits Revealed

When Kanye West’s ferocious new album Yeezus leaked to the internet, it wasn’t clear which of Kanye’s army of collaborators helped out on which songs, or who many of those collaborators even were. We’d read stories of Paris apartment recording sessions with Daft Punk, or of Rick Rubin helping Kanye strip his tracks down to… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 19, 2013 - 11:19 am

Yeezus To Feature Daft Punk, Justin Vernon, Chief Keef

Last night, Kanye West held a listening party for his new album Yeezus, filling the New York studio Milk with luminaries like Jay-Z, Beyoncé, and our own Claire Lobenfeld, who might have more to add to this report later. Kanye reportedly claimed that he doesn’t care if the album leaks, and he spent the event… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 11, 2013 - 8:55 am

King Louie – “My Niggaz” Video

The final Mixtape Of The Week of 2012 went to Chicago scene elder King Louie’s sparse, forbidding Drilluminati. And now unofficial drill music videographer DGainz, the man responsible for you knowing what Chief Keef looks like, has made a clip for the mixtape highlight “My Niggaz,” full of evocative images of Keef and friends standing… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 8, 2013 - 3:08 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: King Louie Drilluminati

It’s an old story: The cult-beloved pioneer whose work helps found an aesthetic and paves the way for a young phenom to come along, take shit over, and seize the popular imagination. The 26-year-old Chicago rapper Young Louie became a local star by helping to popularize the grim, gutstomping drill music sound, and like every… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 19, 2012 - 1:43 pm