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What Will Become Of Ja Rule?

I once saw Ja Rule scream "It's Murda!" in an elevator. About 12 years ago, when I'd first moved to New York and gone to…
Tom Breihan | May 3, 2017 - 11:01 am

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Tee Grizzley’s Hard-As-Hell Jail-Rap Strikes An Emotional Chord

Rap needs characters. It's a genre built on outsized, larger-than-life personas, on extroverted human charisma-bombs who willed themselves to superhero status. Right now, two of…
Tom Breihan | April 19, 2017 - 11:36 am

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What Happened To Ludacris?

In 2004, Spike Jonze had already made Being John Malkovich and Adaptation, and he'd mostly retired from making music videos. There were, however, exceptions. Jonze,…
Tom Breihan | April 12, 2017 - 12:51 pm

More Westside Gunn stories

Westside Gunn & Conway – “Machine Gun Black” Video

Earlier this year, the enormously promising Buffalo rap hardheads Westside Gunn and Conway inked a deal with Eminem's Shady Records, and they celebrated by sharing…
Tom Breihan | June 20, 2017 - 10:31 am

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Tee Grizzley’s Hard-As-Hell Jail-Rap Strikes An Emotional Chord

Rap needs characters. It's a genre built on outsized, larger-than-life personas, on extroverted human charisma-bombs who willed themselves to superhero status. Right now, two of…
Tom Breihan | April 19, 2017 - 11:36 am

Westside Gunn – “Easter Gunday 2″ (Feat. Mach Hommy & Keisha Plum)

The hard-as-fuck, enormously promising young Buffalo rapper Westside Gunn, along with his just-as-great older brother Conway, signed a deal with Eminem's Shady Records earlier this…
Tom Breihan | April 17, 2017 - 1:44 pm

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Listening To Kodak Black Is A Complicated Thing

Last year, I wrote a column about how Kodak Black was everything great about rap music. Kodak was 18, his star was rising, and he'd…
Tom Breihan | April 5, 2017 - 11:03 am

Smoke DZA – “The Club” (Feat. Westside Gunn & Conway)

AJ Styles, probably the best pro wrestler in the world today, had a big night last night. First, he defeated Smackdown Live commissioner Shane McMahon…
Tom Breihan | April 3, 2017 - 11:37 am

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Don Q Is The New York Rap Hardass We Need

Corner Stories, the new mixtape from the Bronx rapper Don Q, has a sort of Greek chorus running all through it: an unnamed interviewer who…
Tom Breihan | March 8, 2017 - 10:51 am

Westside Gunn & Conway – “MachineGun Black”

Westside Gunn and Conway, two brothers from Buffalo who make hard-as-fuck '90s-style New York rap with just the right dose of weirdness, have been two…
Tom Breihan | March 3, 2017 - 1:32 pm

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Prepare Yourself For Conway’s Bleak, Dusty, Evocative Street-Rap

The city of Buffalo is way out in the hinterlands, a whole lot closer to Toronto than it is to New York City. But if…
Tom Breihan | January 11, 2017 - 10:12 am

2016 In Review

The 40 Best Rap Albums Of 2016

The larger societal events of the past year had an interesting effect on rap music. Even more than usual, black Americans had to insist, as…
Tom Breihan | December 7, 2016 - 10:25 am

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Kamaiyah Just Fucked The Whole Summer Up

Sometimes, a great piece of music will come along and fuck up all your plans. I had a whole idea about what I wanted to…
Tom Breihan | March 16, 2016 - 11:43 am

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A Mannie Fresh Comeback Needs To Happen

"Hate" is a fun song: jittery bounce beat, tingly synthetic bells, humming keyboard riff, chanted hook, three rappers tripping all over each other and talking…
Tom Breihan | March 2, 2016 - 11:46 am