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The Wild Ride Of Rap Music In The ’10s

"From doing records from sampling, I started learning the science about what happened to soul music," the Alchemist told me 13 years ago. One evening,…
Tom Breihan | November 6, 2019 - 12:41 pm

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Hemlock Ernst, The Little Indie-Rap Side Project That Could

Samuel T. Herring looks like the dad in a '50s sitcom. He sings in a stately baritone-blues quaver that sometimes unpredictably lurches into death-metal growl…
Tom Breihan | October 30, 2019 - 11:47 am

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Don’t Take Gucci Mane For Granted

Gucci Mane didn't name himself after a clothing designer. He named himself after his father. Ralph Dudley, a former serviceman turned drug dealer who wasn't…
Tom Breihan | October 23, 2019 - 12:11 pm

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Is A Rap American Idol Even Possible?

Twelve years ago, someone from MTV called me and asked me to come into their office. I went. I met Ashton Kutcher in the lobby.
Tom Breihan | October 16, 2019 - 2:27 pm

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Underground Rap Will Never Die

We're entering a strange new period where there's no meaningful distinction between rap's underground and its mainstream. A regional scene can catch fire out of…
Tom Breihan | October 9, 2019 - 1:09 pm

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DaBaby Is On An Unholy Hot Streak

In the calendar year of 1998, DMX came out with two albums: It's Dark And Hell Is Hot in May, Flesh Of My Flesh, Blood
Tom Breihan | October 2, 2019 - 12:40 pm

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6ix9ine & The Bizarre Spectacle Of Rap On Trial

Fourteen years ago, I sat in a federal courthouse in Brooklyn and watched Irv Gotti's lawyer call Ja Rule a fake crook. Irv Gotti, the…
Tom Breihan | September 25, 2019 - 2:14 pm

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JPEGMAFIA Makes Some Anxious-Ass Rap Music

"Disappointed." In the weeks leading up to the release of his new album All My Heroes Are Cornballs, JPEGMAFIA used that word over and over,…
Tom Breihan | September 18, 2019 - 11:36 am

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The Wu-Tang Clan’s New Hulu Show Is Beautiful Mythmaking

There are many, many reasons why I love rap music. One of those reasons, I have learned, is this: At a young and formative age,…
Tom Breihan | September 11, 2019 - 2:47 pm

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Scam-Rap Is The Future

In The Secret Life Of Pets 2, Kevin Hart plays the voice of a bunny named Snowball, a former anti-human revolutionary who has come to…
Tom Breihan | September 4, 2019 - 11:21 am

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Brockhampton Let Their Depression Flow

"We want to make a summer album. Feel-good. Not too sad and like, 'Oh, our life sucks,' just more like, 'Just enjoy what's in front…
Tom Breihan | August 28, 2019 - 10:19 am

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Young Thug, Transmitting Live From The Astral Plane

We never got our snake. A year ago, by way of promoting his Slime Language project, Young Thug had pet snakes sent to a bunch…
Tom Breihan | August 21, 2019 - 10:21 am

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Kenny Beats’ YouTube Show Might Be The Rap Album Of The Year

A fascinating thing about rap music: It may be the only form of music where personality and digital ephemera matter at least as much as…
Tom Breihan | August 14, 2019 - 12:24 pm

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Cardi B’s Circus Comes To Town

"Stank-ass rappers make me sick! Everybody on the goddam stage got a mic! Forty motherfucking people! All of 'em got a mic! Motherfucker, why? We…
Tom Breihan | August 7, 2019 - 2:51 pm

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DaBaby, You’re A Star

The most important performance in the history of the XXL Freshman Cypher was three years ago. Lil Uzi Vert was grouped together with a crew…
Tom Breihan | July 31, 2019 - 12:00 pm
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