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Last year, there was one album — Kendrick Lamar’s Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City — that united virtually the entire rap-listening public in adoration. This year, no such luck. Many heard my #1 pick of the year (and you can probably already guess what it is) as the work of a sonic visionary, and plenty more… More »

It’s that time of year again: Time to take stock of the vast armies of new musicians making music in the past year, and to pick out a few dozen of the best and brightest. In the three previous annual versions of this column, we’ve hailed the arrivals of Frank Ocean, Tame Impala, A$AP Rocky,… More »

The kid still has his fans, and he’s by no means a lost cause, but one of my great rap disappointments this year has been the young Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$. Joey’s 2012 breakout mixtape 1999 was a ’90s-revivalist affair for sure, but it had a giddy energy working for it. Joey and his friends… More »

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The Underachievers – “Chasing Faith” x “Rain Dance” x “Allusions” Video

At its heart, Hunter S. Thompson's 1971 non-fiction work Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas is a pointed critique of the mythology of the American…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | August 21, 2015 - 2:31 pm

The Underachievers – “Take Your Place”

The Underachievers released their first proper album The Cellar Door Terminus Ut Exordium last year. But in direct contradiction of their name, they're already prepping…
Caitlin White | July 10, 2015 - 12:32 pm

The Underachievers – “3three Kings” (Feat. Freeway)

Since we met them, gifted young Brooklyn rap duo the Underachievers have seem to exist in a sort of self-created echo chamber, working only with…
Tom Breihan | October 7, 2014 - 1:31 pm

Stream The Underachievers The Cellar Door: Terminus Ut Exordium

The Underachievers, a young rap duo from Brooklyn, released two mixtapes of hazy, conversational, word-dense rap music last year, and both of them ended up…
Tom Breihan | August 4, 2014 - 3:46 pm

The Underachievers – “Metropolis” Video

Hazy, astral-minded Brooklyn rap duo the Underachievers ended up with two Mixtapes Of The Week last year, Indigoism and The Lords Of Flatbush, and now…
Tom Breihan | July 16, 2014 - 2:30 pm

The Underachievers – “Felicity”

After dropping a couple of excellent mixtapes last year, Brooklyn rap duo the Underachievers are gearing up to release their proper debut LP, Cellar Door:
Peter Helman | June 27, 2014 - 1:08 pm

The Underachievers – “Chrysalis” Video

After releasing a pair of strong mixtapes, Indigoism and The Lords Of Flatbush, deeply promising Brooklyn rap duo the Underachievers are at work on The…
Tom Breihan | May 13, 2014 - 4:02 pm

The Underachievers – “Chrysalis”

Brooklyn rap duo the Underachievers earned Mixtape Of The Week honors twice last year, for Indigoism and for The Lords Of Flatbush. They're now working…
Tom Breihan | May 7, 2014 - 11:22 am

The Underachievers – “Incandescent” (Prod. Ryan Hemsworth)

The Brooklyn rap duo Underachievers has been a favorite of ours since last year when they dropped two mix tapes (which led to two Mixtapes
Miles Bowe | March 17, 2014 - 4:48 pm

The Underachievers – “Leopard Shepherd” Video

Brooklyn underground rap duo the Underachievers have landed in Mixtape Of The Week twice this year: First for the stoned and expansive Indigoism, and then…
Tom Breihan | November 26, 2013 - 10:27 am

Joey Bada$$ – “My Jeep” (Feat. Flatbush Zombies, The Underachievers, & Chuck Strangers)

Joey Bada$$ will follow-up his summer-released mixtape Summer Knights with an EP of the same name this month. The new collection features a handful of…
Claire Lobenfeld | October 28, 2013 - 3:46 pm

Download The Underachievers The Lords Of Flatbush Mixtape

One of the year’s strongest mixtapes to date is Indigoism, the breakout from the stoned and cerebral Brooklyn duo the Underachievers. That mixtape had a…
Tom Breihan | August 29, 2013 - 12:23 pm

The Underachievers – “The Proclamation” Video

Brooklyn rappers Issa Dash and Ak, a/k/a The Underachievers, have released a video for a new single, "The Proclamation," shot mostly around Coney Island and…
Liz Pelly | July 7, 2013 - 11:14 am

Joey Bada$$ And Pro Era, Flatbush Zombies, The Underachievers @ Peter’s Room, Portland 3/21/13

The Beast Coastal Tour kicked off in Portland last night with performances from Joey Bada$$ and his Pro Era crew, Flatbush Zombies, and the Underachievers.
Stereogum | March 22, 2013 - 10:35 am

Flatbush Zombies & The Underachievers – “No Religion”

Flatbush Zombies and the Underachievers are two New York rap duos who make wiggy, expressive versions of the grimy '90s rap they grew up on,…
Tom Breihan | March 12, 2013 - 6:32 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: The Underachievers Indigoism

Over the last couple of years, New York's resurgent rap underground has hit upon a couple of winning strategies to find relevance: Be a weirdo,…
Tom Breihan | February 6, 2013 - 2:52 pm