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Chicago drill spitter King Louie was shot in the head two weeks ago. His vehicle was riddled with 22 bullets total. Seven of them hit Louie, three of which are still embedded in his body today — two in his chest and the one in his head. Miraculously, he only spent five days in the… More »

Shea Serrano is a writer at Grantland, and he writes long and personal and really funny pieces about, among other things, rap music and action movies. He lives in Texas, and I’ve never met him in person. But I still feel like we’re friends, since things like rap music and action movies transcend geographic space… More »

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 »

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Watch King Louie Tell CNN About Surviving A Gunshot To The Head

Chicago rapper King Louie took a bullet to the head just last week, but as Noisey points out, he was miraculously well enough to speak…
Collin Robinson | December 29, 2015 - 12:45 pm
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King Louie Shot In The Head, Is OK

Chicago drill rapper King Louie was shot in the head this afternoon on the Southwest Side of the city, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. He was…
Peter Helman | December 23, 2015 - 7:07 pm
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Chance The Rapper Condemns Spike Lee’s “Exploitive And Problematic” Chi-Raq

Spike Lee's new film Chi-Raq is a modern-day retelling of Aristophanes' Lysistrata, an ancient Greek comedy that was first performed in 411 BCE and tells…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | December 4, 2015 - 4:35 pm
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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

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…
Tom Breihan | April 8, 2015 - 10:44 am
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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
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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.
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…
Tom Breihan | December 18, 2013 - 1:41 pm
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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
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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
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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
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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
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