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Uptown internet kingpin DVS has trouble staying in the rap lane. He’s such a gregarious, prolific, and hilarious dude that his Twitter and various internet writings have gained hurricane force, knocking the wind out of readers with their voracious, eclectic humor. But let’s not forget that rap was born at least half literary, the street-corner… More »

By: Caitlin White / April 28, 2015 - 3:25 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

Lakutis – “Body Scream” Video

Art-rapper Lakutis just dropped a video for “Body Scream,” a track that he dropped last year and that showed up on his debut mixtape, 3 Seashells. The clip, directed by Adam Besheer, sees the rapper chilling in a bathtub in his underwear in the middle of a field of grass. That’s intercut with shots of… More »

By: James Rettig / September 29, 2014 - 6:06 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

The internet’s favorite target this week was Avril Lavigne’s garish, shrill, quite-possibly-racist “Hello Kitty” video. I didn’t see it until I’d read a bunch of euphorically annoyed online chatter about it, and I honestly expected to really like it, since liking music videos that nobody likes is sort of my thing. But jeez, no, yee. More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 25, 2014 - 1:13 pm

Kool A.D. – “Tight” (Feat. Lakutis & Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire) Video

Last month, the former Das Racist rapper Kool A.D. gave us his Word O.K. mixtape, possibly the strongest of the many full-lengths he’s dropped since Das Racist broke up. “Tight,” one of the tape’s hightlights, has a tense and physical beat from Toro Y Moi’s Chaz Bundick, and it’s also got verses from New York… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 21, 2014 - 10:31 am

Lakutis – “Jesus Piece (Dash Speaks Remix)” (Stereogum Premiere)

NYC rapper Lakutis recently released Three Seashells, our Mixtape Of That Week. Its single, “Jesus Piece,” summed up so much of what made that tape so great — the sleaziness, the charisma, Lakutis simply saying the word “skeleton.” Later it got a music video that added plenty of blood and goop. Now producer Dash Speak… More »

By: Miles Bowe / April 9, 2014 - 5:27 pm

Stream Kool A.D. Word O.K.

The former Das Racist member Kool A.D. has released a shit-ton of solo material since his crew broke up a couple of years ago, but his new album Word O.K., released onto the internet on what seems like a whim last night, may be the easiest-yet entry point to his solo music (even if it’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 20, 2014 - 8:58 am

Mixtape Of The Week: Lakutis Three Seashells

I’ve known guys like this, and you probably have, too: Charismatic dirtbags, greasy-faced self-destructive party machines, guys who are really fun to have around until they start stealing your stuff. Girls love dudes like this, and the dudes who love those girls get all confused and frustrated over that. Lakutis came up with Das Racist,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 26, 2014 - 2:02 pm

Stream Lakutis Three Seashells

The Queens rapper Lakutis came up as part of the extended Das Racist family. But over the years, he’s firmly established his own identity as a sort of spazzy dirtbag libertine, a guy whose partying proclivities haven’t dulled his estimable technical rapping skills. Lakutis just released his new album Three Seashells under the old pay-what-you-want… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 20, 2014 - 12:37 pm

Lakutis – “Jesus Piece” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Next week Lakutis drops his new album, Three Sea Shells, following the single “Body Scream.” Now he’s got a new video for the track “Jesus Piece,” directed by Kate Bryant. While it’s mostly just Lakutis rapping directly to the camera, progressively crazier shit happens to him. It starts out simple and striking, with just a… More »

By: Miles Bowe / February 13, 2014 - 4:19 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

I don’t know if you guys knew this, but there are 17 new Beyoncé videos this week. A lot of them are awesome, too. In fact, I had fully expected to write this column about nothing but the five best videos from BEYONCÉ. The one problem with that: You have to actually buy the album,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 20, 2013 - 1:42 pm

Hot Sugar – “Mama, I’m A Man” (Feat. Antwon, Lakutis, & Big Baby Gandhi) Video

The producer Hot Sugar has been making tons of tracks for rappers from the Tumblr-rap underground. And on his track “Mama, I’m A Man,” he rounds up three of that scene’s most impressive talents — Antwon, of San Jose, and Lakutis and Big Baby Gandhi, of Queens — and lets all of them get playfully… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 16, 2013 - 11:40 am

Lakutis – “Body Scream”

Lakutis, the perma-drunk Queens rapper and old Das Racist ally, has long been one of the biggest scene-stealers on New York’s art-rap scene, but we haven’t heard a solo project from him since I’m In The Forest two years ago. He’s back early next year with a new album called Three Sea Shells, and o… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 22, 2013 - 3:57 pm

Hot Sugar – “56k (Remix)” Feat. Big Baby Gandhi, Nasty Nigel, Lansky, Antwon, Chippy Non-Stop, Lakutis, DVS, Kitty, & Ne$$ Of Weekend Money

On the original version of Hot Sugar’s dial-up Internet ephemera-sampling cut “56k,” Heems of Das Racist hotboxes the track, alone, with total stream-of-consciousness lyricism and the best sneak diss to New York transplants (“where were you in the ’96 Blizzard?”). The percussive precision of the beat paired with Heems’s molasses-mouthed flow were odd-but-excellent poles and,… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / July 26, 2013 - 10:25 am

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week sat out last Friday for the holiday, but we’re back today with a small batch of excellent tunes. Taking one week into consideration is already a hefty task, but this time around we’ve done double and sifted through music from the last 14(!) days for you. Today’s collectio… More »

By: Stereogum / July 12, 2013 - 4:19 pm

Hot Sugar – “Leverage” (Feat. Kool A.D., Fat Tony, Lakutis & Nasty Nigel) Video

The producer Hot Sugar, responsible for tracks like Kitty’s “Barbie Jeep” and “Ay Shawty 3.0,” has lined up an impressive crew of internet-underground dudes to rock over his elegantly decaying beat on “Leverage”: Former Das Racist member Kool A.D., former Das Racist associate Lakutis, Houston prospect Fat Tony, and World’s Fair member Nasty Nigel. And… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 11, 2013 - 12:06 pm

Kitty – “Ay Shawty 3.0″ (Feat. Lakutis) Video

At Stereogum’s Range Life party during SXSW way back in March, Kitty, the self-proclaimed rap game Taylor Swift, shared her stage with the partied-out Das Racist associate Lakutis, and it was a for-real sweet moment. Together, they performed “Ay Shawty,” a track from Kitty’s D.A.I.S.Y. Rage EP. (Like “Barbie Jeep,” the Adult Swim single that… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 19, 2013 - 12:34 pm

Lakutis – “Too Ill For The Law” Video

I don’t think I need to explain much more about my dedication to the warehouse-proliferated, weirdo New New York rap culture, as I have opined about it on many previous occasions here. That said, I’m more than thrilled that we’re finally, finally getting material from Uptown rapper and Greehead-affiliate Lakutis’s Three Seashells, the follow-up to… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / April 23, 2013 - 5:37 pm

SXSW 2013: Stereogum Range Life, Featuring Youth Lagoon, METZ, Sky Ferreira, Hundred Waters, Bleeding Rainbow, Lakutis

For an afternoon, Stereogum got the keys to the Hype Hotel, bringing at all-over-the-place lineup of performers to the cavernous space. Bleeding Rainbow opened things up early on, admirably wailing their way through fuzzily direct garage-pop and hitting big, harmonious notes while many of us were still wiping sleep from our eyes. Hundred Waters’ electronic,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 16, 2013 - 2:59 pm

Stereogum Range Life 2013 Lineup

In a few weeks we join the herd and migrate south by southwest to Austin, where the bands are second in number only to the brands. And we’re throwing our own branded show (what’s up, Taco Bell and Rdio) rife with great bands and free tacos. It’s called Range Life, as we like to call… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 27, 2013 - 10:55 am
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