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Status Ain’t Hood: Will Rich Homie Quan Ever Stop Going In?

Rich Homie Quan could’ve easily been a one-and-done, a craggy-voiced fake Future who scored one transcendent hit out of nowhere and then disappeared right back into the Atlanta underground. And if he’d gone away after “Type Of Way,” that still would’ve been a good run. That’s an incredible song, a confident melodic slink that float… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 6, 2015 - 1:19 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 Week In Rap: Get Ready For Skepta To Be A Thing

I don’t know why American critics stopped writing about grime. Sometime around 2004, grime — the British hybrid of rap and dancehall and UK garage and blaring car alarms — was the most exciting genre of music in the world. London suddenly seemed to overflow with hyena-voiced teenagers who’d learned how to make madly juddering… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 11, 2015 - 11:57 am

Mixtape Of The Week: Lil Herb Pistol P Project

“DID NICKI JUS CHANGE MY LIFE?” That’s something the young Chicago rapper Lil Herb asked on Twitter last year after he showed up on Nicki Minaj’s Soundcloud banger “Chi-Raq.” That song should’ve changed Herb’s life. Before “Chi-Raq,” Herb was a tremendously talented young rapper with a growing internet fanbase but no real larger profile. With… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 7, 2015 - 2:50 pm

Download Lil Herb Pistol P Project Mixtape

Near the beginning of 2014, the fearsome young Chicago rapper Lil Herb dropped his Welcome To Fazoland mixtape, one of the year’s best rap full-lengths. On Friday, Herb followed it up with a new tape called Pistol P Project, and you should definitely hear it. At just 10 tracks, Pistol P Project is a short… More »

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

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

Lil Herb – “Knucklehead” (Feat. Earl Sweatshirt)

Young Chicago-based rapper Lil Herb has been making his collaborative rounds in 2014, from his feature in Nicki Minaj’s “Chi-Raq” to the “Fight or Flight” remix he did with fellow Chicagoans Chance The Rapper and Common. Today we hear “Knucklehead,” an outspoken collaboration about being a bold juvenile, featuring Lil Herb and Earl Sweatshirt. The… More »

By: Ethan Jacobs / December 4, 2014 - 4:53 pm

Lil Herb – “Fight Or Flight (Remix)” (Feat. Common & Chance The Rapper) Video

The young Chicago hardass Lil Herb got two generations of his hometown’s rap eminences to guest on the remix to “Fight Or Flight,” a standout track from his great Welcome To Fazoland video. In the remix’s new video, Common and Chance The Rapper join Herb in ambling around the decaying South Side of Chicago, a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 15, 2014 - 12:31 pm

Lil Herb – “Frankie Lymon”

The gruff, quick-tongued young Chicago rapper Lil Herb is having a hell of a year. He released the ferocious, deeply impressive mixtape Welcome To Fazoland, and he managed to avoid being completely outshined by an on-fire Nicki Minaj on her track “Chi-Raq.” He’s now working on a new mixtape called Ball Like I’m Kobe, and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 9, 2014 - 11:26 am

Lil Bibby – “Game Over” (Feat. Lil Herb)

Lil Bibby and Lil Herb are two young, hungry, guttural, gruff-voiced, ridiculously skilled Chicago rappers, and they came up rapping alongside each other last year. More recently, though, they’ve both broken out as promising stars in their own right, appearing in the Mixtape Of The Week column and getting showy guest-star spots on songs with… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 11, 2014 - 11:43 am

Lil Herb – “Just Bars” Video

Thus far in 2014, the young and hard-as-fuck Chicago rapper Lil Herb has released Welcome To Fazoland, one of the year’s best mixtapes, and rapped alongside Nicki Minaj on her great “Chi-Raq” single. He is having a good year. And now he’s got a new chorus-free banger called “Just Bars.” The song’s video, from director… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 26, 2014 - 10:27 am

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

The coolest thing about the four-headed Nirvana proxy that performed at last night’s Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony was the demographic disparity of the women involved. No, in every real sense, it’s not like Joan Jett, Kim Gordon, Annie Clark, and Lorde represent anything more than a tiny sliver of the global… More »

By: Stereogum / April 11, 2014 - 3:29 pm

Nicki Minaj – “Chi-Raq” (Feat. Lil Herb)

Nicki Minaj has been rapping hard lately — on the “My Nigga” remix, on the “Boss Ass Bitch” remix, on her own “Lookin Ass Nigga” — and now she’s keeping that streak going with an absolute banger of a new track called “Chi-Raq.” The track has the sort of tense, beautiful beat that Aphex Twi… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 8, 2014 - 10:32 am

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

It’s been a slow-ish week in terms of new songs, and it seems like that will continue to be the case till SXSW is behind us. Yesterday on Twitter, Tom noted that March 11 is pretty short on viable Album Of The Week candidates, and he’s right: Based on the actual records scheduled to dropMore »

By: Stereogum / February 21, 2014 - 1:40 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Lil Herb Welcome To Fazoland

In the music of Chief Keef, his GBE crew, and their assorted Chicago peers, there’s a certain pathos, but it’s an implicit pathos. These are children, after all, making dead-souled and violent and hedonistic party music. That music is one way for kids from one of America’s most violent and hopeless corners to blow off… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 19, 2014 - 3:57 pm