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The Griselda Goon-Rap Renaissance

There's no Griselda Records starter pack, no canonical classic to lure you in. That's not how the Buffalo rap crew does business. Instead, there's a…
Tom Breihan | September 23, 2020 - 11:18 am

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NBA YoungBoy Is A Bleak Rap Star For A Bleak World

The videos never stop. They're a constant stream, a deluge. As I'm writing this, the last one was three days ago. Cinematically, that video is…
Tom Breihan | September 16, 2020 - 12:53 pm

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A Guide To Big Sean’s Massive Detroit Showcase “Friday Night Cypher”

It's not really worthwhile to talk about whether Big Sean's new album Detroit 2 is any good. Honestly, you probably don't care. It's a Big…
Tom Breihan | September 9, 2020 - 12:30 pm

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24kGoldn Brings MySpace Emo To TikTok Rap

Way back in 2006, I spent two sweltering days in the Giants Stadium parking lot. The Bamboozle festival was happening, and I felt like I
Tom Breihan | September 2, 2020 - 11:03 am

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Nas Is Living Proof That Hero-Worship Is A Bad Idea

It's been a quiet decade for Nasir Jones. Just over 10 years separates Distant Relatives, Nas and Damian Marley's pretty decent collaborative album, and King's
Tom Breihan | August 26, 2020 - 11:49 am

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Young Dolph Is Very Good At Rapping

Rap music creates cult heroes. It always has, and it always will. That's inherent in the way rap music works. The rappers who get famous…
Tom Breihan | August 19, 2020 - 12:39 pm

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Cardi B & Megan Thee Stallion’s “WAP” Is Good Music And Better Spectacle

The professional-asshole radio host sits upright in his office chair. He tilts his head to the side, and he scrunches up his eyebrows in mock…
Tom Breihan | August 12, 2020 - 11:49 am

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Meet Australian TikTok Emo-Rapper The Kid Laroi, The Sad-Rap Silverchair

Silverchair was where I jumped off. I just couldn't do it anymore. When that band showed up, the entire idea of alternative rock, and of…
Tom Breihan | August 5, 2020 - 11:33 am

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Boldy James Just Came Out With His Second 2020 Masterpiece

At the beginning of "Welcome To 76," over the dark and ominous hum of thriller-score strings, a deep and sonorous voice rings out: "In the…
Tom Breihan | July 29, 2020 - 11:41 am

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Bfb Da Packman Is The Best Rapper

Bfb Da Packman has his legs planted wide and his chest all the way out, and he lifts a mop like it's a dumbbell. He's…
Tom Breihan | July 22, 2020 - 12:44 pm

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Jack Harlow Is Going To Be A Star, Whether Or Not He Ever Becomes A Great Rapper

When Jack Harlow was 12 years old, he decided that he wanted to become the best rapper in the world. He didn't know how he'd…
Tom Breihan | July 15, 2020 - 1:28 pm

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The Crushing Finality Of Pop Smoke’s Posthumous Album

It sounded like rupture. It sounded like chaos and disorder. It sounded like the earth opening up and swallowing you. This was the power of…
Tom Breihan | July 8, 2020 - 12:29 pm

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Lil Baby & 42 Dugg’s “We Paid” Is The Summer Anthem We Need

It's been 14 years since Tom Cruise did the Yung Joc motorcycle dance. In the summer of 2006, Cruise was out on the promotional trail…
Tom Breihan | July 1, 2020 - 1:05 pm

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Lil Mosey Is, Regrettably, A Thing Now

The teenager in the fur coat is transcendently, magnificently bored. He does not want to be on this stage, in front of these cameras, rapping…
Tom Breihan | June 24, 2020 - 11:55 am

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The New Dawn Of The Protest Song

People never stopped making protest songs. For decades, the protest song has been woven into the culture of popular music. Some musicians build entire careers…
Tom Breihan | June 17, 2020 - 12:11 pm
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