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Status Ain’t Hood: The Developing Drake/Meek Mill Soap Opera

Drake is rap’s biggest star and probably its most compelling figure, too. He’s effectively remade the whole idea of the rap star, turning the center of the genre away from hungry street-rap and toward this sonically manicured, stylistically cosmopolitan sound that currently dominates. He’s someone who’s constantly thinking about his own persona and about the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 29, 2015 - 8:54 am

Da$h, Domo Genesis, & Remy Banks – “4:50AM”

Imagine clicking on SoundCloud eager to hear a one-off song from three incredible under-the-radar rappers and finding this as the description of the song: “Influential classical music for the bitches and hoes.” I wanted to laugh out loud when I read that, but then, I thought of how many men would probably read it and,… More »

By: Caitlin White / July 24, 2015 - 1:46 pm

Stream Remy Banks higher. + “exhale.” Video

Remy Banks is dead-set on putting New York back on the map. Along with his roles in the scruffy Queens hip-hop collectives World’s Fair and Children Of The Night, Banks is finally releasing his debut solo project higher. The tape tends toward moodier, introverted beats replete with brass, and Banks channels a golden era New… More »

By: Caitlin White / May 18, 2015 - 3:28 pm

Remy Banks – “n1go”

After a string of one-off collaborations, a tour with Earl Sweatshirt and Vince Staples, and the debut of the lead single “rem.,” Queens rapper Remy Banks has finally announced the details for his solo debut mixtape higher. Above is the album artwork, which was shot in Oregon by Brock Fetch. The project will be out… More »

By: Caitlin White / April 16, 2015 - 2:21 pm

Remy Banks – “rem.” (Feat. Nasty Nigel) Video

On the heels of releasing the first single from his forthcoming project higher., Remy Banks has dropped the accompanying visuals for “rem.” and the video is black and white and Queens all over. It features shots of Banks and his World’s Fair crew repping their borough all over, and a nice meta touch is guy… More »

By: Caitlin White / March 5, 2015 - 3:04 pm

The Week In Rap: The Indestructible Career Of Juicy J

I stopped doing Mixtape Of The Week at the exact right goddam time. Three weeks ago, when I wrote my last MOTW column, “mixtape” still meant “thing that rappers give away for free on the internet.” But now Drake is calling If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late a mixtape, even though he’s selling it… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 18, 2015 - 2:38 pm

Remy Banks – “rem.” (Feat. Nasty Nigel)

As hip-hop culture has spread outward from its New York epicenter, other cities have made a serious play for the throne. Lately Atlanta, arguably the genre’s new home base for some time now, has been a hotbed for weirdo, slippery rappers with AutoTune-drizzled sleeper hits; TDE and YG put LA back on the map; and… More »

By: Caitlin White / February 17, 2015 - 1:37 pm

Prince SAMO – “Flowers” (Feat. Mr. MFN eXquire, Remy Banks, & Goldie Glo) Video

Last week, we were gifted Lakutis’s “Too Ill For The Law” and its brooding clip co-crafted by visionary director Shomi Patwary. Here’s another piece of his work, “Flowers,” a collab between Prince SAMO and Remy Banks of Queens crew World’s Fair and Mr. MNF eXquire and his Peel Off cohort Goldie Glo. For this unio… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / May 2, 2013 - 2:43 pm

Remy Banks – “GLDCHN” (Feat. Bodega Bamz) Video (Stereogum Premiere)

For the video for Remy Banks’s “GLDCHN” featuring Bodega Bamz, the two took their respective rap families — Banks’s World Fair and Bamz’s Tanboys — to Los Angeles to shoot scenes of the whole conglomerate mobbing and rapping in the streets. The video, however, is far from typical. It primarily features a “rap addict,” working… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / February 13, 2013 - 11:04 am

Remy Banks (Feat. Bodega Bamz) – “GLDCHN” (Prod. By Milo)

Regarding his new single “GLDCHN,” rapper Remy Banks says, “This is NEWNEWYORK. There is no NEWNEWYORK without QUEENS.” Passion for his home borough is imbued in everything Banks does, whether it’s as part of collective World’s Fair, named after the Flushing Meadow Corona Park landmark, or in WF subset trio Children Of The Night, whose… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / January 10, 2013 - 11:00 am