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Status Ain’t Hood: Tyga Is Rap’s Smarmiest Villain, And That’s A Good Thing

Rap needs villains. They keep things interesting. For years, Suge Knight reigned as rap’s dominant supervillain, and he did it without rapping a single bar, which somehow makes it more impressive. Lately, Birdman has played a more low-key version of the domineering-label-owner type that Knight pioneered, but he’s enforced his dominance by locking people into… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 24, 2015 - 3:16 pm

Stream Tyga The King Album: 18th Dynasty

Tyga has decided to go the surprise-album route for The King Album: 18th Dynasty. He has also decided to go the Donda route, enlisting Kanye and Mike Dean as his executive producers. The artwork is done by Donda creatives, and while it’s no Pinkprint masterpiece, you can see the clear link to something like the… More »

By: Caitlin White / June 23, 2015 - 4:30 pm

Status Ain’t Hood: Classic Rap Radio Is The Best Shit Ever

When you don’t have to listen to terrestrial radio, it can be hard to get excited about it, especially if you don’t live in a big city. Charlottesville, the small Southern college town where I’ve been living for about four years now, isn’t exactly a radio hotbed. There’s one freeform community radio station that canMore »

By: Tom Breihan / June 17, 2015 - 2:02 pm

DOPE: The Stereogum Review

Dope is a present-day black coming-of-age tale set in Inglewood, CA, but you could also consider it a millennial’s updated version of 1999’s The Wood. The two films have a few things in common: Both were directed by Rick Famuyiwa; both feature De’Aundre Bonds as Stacey, now as a reformed gang-banger and security guard at… More »

By: Collin Robinson / June 17, 2015 - 12:21 pm

Status Ain’t Hood: Chinx Drugz And Legacy Cut Short

A couple of years ago, I saw French Montana headline the FADER Fort during SXSW, and he brought a pair of deeply random guests with him: Macklemore and Diddy. This was a weird show and not a particularly good one. French had a live band with him, since live bands are a sort of luxury… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 20, 2015 - 5:23 pm

The Week In Pop: Roast Aside, Justin Bieber Might Secretly Be On The Right Track

The Roast Of Justin Bieber was tough to sit through — almost as tough as the transition from teen idol to grownup pop star Bieber is trying to pull off. For every Justin Timberlake there are many Jordan Knights, and Bieber risks becoming the next Aaron Carter if he can’t get back to making headline… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 2, 2015 - 1:07 pm

Iamsu! – “Hella Good” (Feat. Tyga) (Stereogum Premiere)

Richmond spitter Iamsu! is back just a week after dropping the DJ Mustard-produced “Nothin Less.” That song was slightly mellower than what Iamsu! usually turns out, and it was good enough to be featured as one of the five deadly venoms in The Week In Rap. The Cali emcee continues on his divergent path with… More »

By: Collin Robinson / February 20, 2015 - 10:00 am

Kid Ink, Tyga, Wale, YG & Rich Homie Quan – “Ride Out”

I love Fast & Furious movies more than I love most things in this cold, cruel world, but they sure do weird things with rap music. For a movie franchise that has given acting roles to multiple rappers (Ludacris, Bow Wow, Ja Rule, Tyrese if he counts), the movies have a weird flattening effect whe… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 12, 2015 - 1:21 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

There were a couple of big high-profile videos this week from artists I like, and they had big ideas, but they didn’t move me much. The video for Rihanna, Kanye West, and Paul McCartney’s “FourFiveSeconds” went for a certain classicist magazine-shoot simplicity, and while Rihanna turned in a hell of a charismatic performance, the video… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 6, 2015 - 9:36 am

The Week In Rap: Farewell To The Jacka

After three and a half years, Mixtape Of The Week is dead. In its place, we’ve got a new feature on Stereogum, one loosely based on Chris DeVille’s Week In Pop column. The Week In Rap won’t go as deep as that column does, but it’ll give us a chance to go in deep o… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 4, 2015 - 4:00 pm

The Week In Pop’s Top 50 Pop Songs Of 2014

Two weeks ago we looked at the year’s biggest pop songs; now let’s run down the best ones. There will be a lot of overlap, of course, partly because sometimes great songs get popular and partly because sometimes popular songs that initially strike you as insufferable end up wearing you down through sheer persistence. (“Bang… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 18, 2014 - 2:27 pm

Tyga – “40 Mill” (Prod. Kanye West)

Tyga has shared a new track, which was co-produced by Kanye West, Mike Dean, and Tyga’s own producer Jess Jackson, all of whom also apparently served as executive producers for his entire upcoming project, The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty. “40 Mill” is backed by opulent, oppressive drum sequencing and Tyga asserting, “I don’t wanna be… More »

By: James Rettig / October 15, 2014 - 10:17 am

The Week In Pop: From Diana Ross To Ariana Grande, A Pop History Of “I’m Coming Out”

Ariana Grande’s sophomore set My Everything, out this week, is part of at least two long legacies. The more obvious of those is the tradition of children’s TV stars stepping into the industry machine and walking out pop stars on the other side. The album is exceptional for what it is — a compendium of… More »

By: Chris DeVille / August 28, 2014 - 3:30 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Right now, our busiest comments section is a heated debate over whether a white lady is racist for dancing with black men in her music video and then being defensive about it. That is how indie rock, and every other form of media, works in 2014. You get used to it, I guess. Here’s what… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 18, 2014 - 12:32 pm

Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, & Tyga – “Senile”

A Young Money crew album is, almost by its very nature, disposable; even Lil Twist and Gudda Gudda seem to know that you don’t necessarily need more Lil Twist and Gudda Gudda verses in your life. But a Young Money crew album is good for at least one thing: For creating a low-pressure safe space… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 25, 2014 - 9:39 am

The Year In Molly

MDMA aka ecstasy aka Molly has a long, storied musical history and wizened drug rappers Danny Brown and Juicy J have been spearheading a new Molly movement since the dawn of the decade. But ever since spring 2012 — around the time Madonna named her album MDNA and Kanye rapped “Somethin’ ’bout Mary, she gone… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 18, 2013 - 9:04 am

PSY – “Gangnam Style (Diplo Remix)” (Feat. 2 Chainz & Tyga)

Diplo will not let memes die, and now he’s applied his remixing talents to PSY’s K-pop goof “Gangnam Style,” the most popular song in the history of YouTube. The frantically ping-ponging Diplo remix doesn’t keep too many elements of the original track, but it does add some partied-out new verses from radio-rap heroes 2 Chainz… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 5, 2013 - 10:46 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

I wish I could name the trailer for Ridley Scott’s Prometheus as the Video Of The Week, because holy shit that movie looks amazing. I just wish somebody could beam it directly into my brain this second; I’m not emotionally equipped to wait until June to see it. But there’s pretty much no way I… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 23, 2011 - 11:14 am

Drake – “The Motto” Video (Feat. Lil Wayne & Tyga)

Drizzy cruises the Bay in the clip for Take Care bonus cut “The Motto,” a track whose video version now features YMCMB’s Tyga. Direct homage is paid to E-40, who nods in approval in the background. Do I need to get some batting gloves? Watch the video, directed by Lamar Taylor and Hyghly Alleyne, below. More »

By: Corban Goble / December 22, 2011 - 9:09 am