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The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

Some weeks, choosing the 5 Best Songs can be difficult and polarizing. This was not one of those weeks. Of course, it’s hard to pit so many different genres against one another, which is why these lists are always so varied. This week wrangled in stoner folk, rap, and straight-up pop, and none of the… More »

By: Stereogum / July 24, 2015 - 4:25 pm

Status Ain’t Hood: Future’s New Album Is Fucking Incredible

There is so much happening in rap right now, so much to talk about. There’s last night’s still-reverberating Twitterpocalypse. There’s the whole new network of who hates who, those little now-public feuds working like spiderweb cracks in rap’s windshield. There’s the absolutely stunning, uplifting Chance The Rapper performance I witnessed on Sunday night in Chicago,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 22, 2015 - 4:47 pm

Young Thug – “I Need Chickens” (Prod. Mike WiLL Made-It)

The ever-prolific Young Thug has had a busy week. He was arrested for threatening to shoot a mall cop, he was indicted for allegedly conspiring to kill Lil Wayne, and then he released the new Mike WiLL Made-It-produced single “Pacifier.” Now Thugger’s following that up with “I Need Chickens,” in which he warbles, trills, and… More »

By: Peter Helman / July 19, 2015 - 12:03 pm

Young Thug – “Pacifier” (Prod. Mike WiLL Made-It)

Young Thug dropped his massive Barter 6 at the beginning of the year, and it landed on our 50 Best Albums Of 2015 So Far list. Since then, Young Thug has released a series of tracks and worked with various producers. The latest is “Pacifier,” which was produced Mike WiLL Made-It and finds the rapper… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / July 17, 2015 - 10:52 am

Cash Money Records Suing Tidal, Jay Z For $50M Over The Free Weezy Album

Fans of Lil Wayne are going through some excruciating pain this year, as the battles over money, music, and life itself seem to keep getting pettier and darker every passing week. Last night the news broke that Wayne’s recent tour bus shooting might have been masterminded by Cash Money CEO and former Wayne mentor Birdma… More »

By: Caitlin White / July 16, 2015 - 5:02 pm

Indictment Alleges Young Thug And Birdman Conspired To Kill Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne has been feuding with his former Cash Money Records label boss Birdman for a while now, and a couple of days ago, Birdman allegedly threw a drink at Wayne mid-performance. Things might be way more serious than beverage-throwing, though: Lil Wayne’s tour bus was shot at back in April, and as HipHopDX reports,… More »

By: Peter Helman / July 15, 2015 - 11:28 pm

Young Thug Arrested For “Terroristic Threats”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that U.S. Marshals arrested Young Thug (whose real name is Jeffery Lamar Williams) at 6AM today in Sandy Springs, Georgia. Police in Dunwoody, Georgia issued the outstanding warrant that led to Thug’s arrest. According to U.S. Marshals spokesman Jim Joyner, “Williams was wanted on an outstanding warrant charging him with terroristic… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 15, 2015 - 11:23 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

I’m taking over the column for Tom, who’s on vacation this week. We all know that the real best video of the week is the one of Ariana Grande licking a donut that didn’t even belong to her, but if you’re interested in watching something else, that’s totally understandable. It’s been a wild and wonderful… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / July 10, 2015 - 12:43 pm

Young Thug – “With That” Video

Young Thug has a new collaborative mixtape with producer London On Da Track coming soon, and new songs of his materialize on the internet like crazy. But today he’s just shared a new video for the old (by Young Thug standards, anyway) Barter 6 track “With That,” directed by frequent collaborator Be El Be and… More »

By: Peter Helman / July 7, 2015 - 9:58 pm

Status Ain’t Hood: Meek Mill Is Extremely Good At Rapping

Rap music is too vast and overwhelming a thing for any one song to encapsulate all the multitudes it contains. But if I had to pick one song that best encapsulates what circa-now rap music can be, that song would probably be “Dreams And Nightmares (Intro),” the breathless track that opened Meek Mill’s 2012 album… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 1, 2015 - 10:01 am

Yo Gotti – “Rihanna” (Feat. Young Thug)

We haven’t heard a proper single from Yo Gotti in a while, so it’s fitting that he’d come through on a Monday morning, guns blazing. Back in 2012 he did earn an Album Of The Week distinction for Live From The Kitchen, but the Memphis rapper has been plagued with label deals gone sour during… More »

By: Caitlin White / June 29, 2015 - 11:02 am

Young Thug – “Money”

Billboard reports that Young Thug has teamed up with the great Atlanta producer London On Da Track, who made all the tracks on the Thug/Rich Homie Quan collaborative mixtape Rich Gang: Tha Tour Part 1, to make a whole new mixtape called Slime Season. It’s coming out on the fourth of July. This is also,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 26, 2015 - 4:19 pm

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

Mitski & Ryan Hemsworth Predict The Song Of The Summer 2015

The song of the summer is a slippery, ephemeral thing. You can try to predict it, labels can (and will) try their hardest to make sure that their song is the one that comes out on top, but it’s still an imprecise science. It means different things to different people, certain niches will gravitate toward… More »

By: James Rettig / June 24, 2015 - 11:07 am

DeJ Loaf – “Shawty” (Feat. Young Thug)

Dej Loaf released the gloriously man-eating “Like A Hoe” a few weeks ago, and now the Detroit rap firecracker is back with a new track. “Shawty” falls more towards the sexy, melodic side of her range, with Dej Loaf and past collaborator Young Thug trading off some explicit sex talk (“Can’t nobody get this pussy… More »

By: Peter Helman / June 23, 2015 - 10:06 pm

Metro Thuggin – “Be Me See Me”

Last year, Atlanta rap weirdos Young Thug and Metro Boomin teamed up as Metro Thuggin and announced a full-length project that never materialized. But it’s possible that they’re still planning something — a few more tracks tracks emerged earlier this year, and now there’s another, although it’s not clear exactly where this one came from… More »

By: Peter Helman / June 21, 2015 - 8:06 pm

Young Thug – “Paradise”

Young Thug has had a busy 2015; he’s already made one of the year’s best albums and rapped on maybe the year’s best single. And new Thug tracks show up online with alarming frequency. The latest is “Paradise,” a deranged slap on which Thug wails a huge love-song chorus, like he’s Michael Bolton or something,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 17, 2015 - 10:15 am

The 50 Best Albums Of 2015 So Far

The amount of great music in the past six months has been almost unfair. As in: How are we supposed to process all this? How can we fully appreciate one major piece of work when there’s always another one coming right around the corner. And when the huge, fully-formed masterpieces are dropping from the sky… More »

By: Stereogum / June 16, 2015 - 11:08 am

Young Thug – “Halftime” Video

Young Thug snagged Album Of The Week honors a couple of months ago on the strength of his deeply engaging album (or mixtape, or whatever) Barter 6. Now, he’s just shared a new video for highlight “Halftime.” Thug co-directs alongside frequent collaborator Be El Be, and there’s not really a whole lot to the clip,… More »

By: Peter Helman / June 8, 2015 - 6:59 pm

Young Thug’s Tour Manager Arrested For Lil Wayne Tour Bus Shooting

2015’s strangest and most high-profile rap feud just got scary. Lately, Young Thug and Lil Wayne have been beefing with each other over Cash Money affiliations and over Thug’s decision to name his album Carter 6. But now it looks as though things could’ve turned violent. Last month, Wayne’s tour bus was shot at i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 29, 2015 - 12:50 pm
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