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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 »

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 »

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 »

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Download King Louie 6 God Tony EP

As far as anyone knows, the ferocious Chicago drill rapper King Louie has no official affiliation with Drake or his OVO Sound label. But Louie…
Tom Breihan | October 7, 2015 - 11:13 am

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…
Tom Breihan | May 21, 2015 - 9:19 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…
Tom Breihan | April 2, 2015 - 10:11 am

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…
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,…
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…
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,…
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…
Tom Breihan | December 19, 2012 - 1:43 pm