Status Ain’t Hood

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Nas Sounds Tired

In 2000, Rakim, then widely regarded as the greatest rapper ever, signed with Dr. Dre's Aftermath label. This was a ridiculously exciting thing to even…
Tom Breihan | June 20, 2018 - 12:06 pm

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Juice WRLD Turns SoundCloud Rap Into Toxic Emo-Pop

Fifteen years ago, in her Punk Planet column, Jessica Hopper wrote a piece called "Emo: Where The Girls Aren't." The piece went about as viral…
Tom Breihan | June 13, 2018 - 12:36 pm

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Sada Baby Will Fuck The Party Up With His Dance Moves

In the opening seconds of Childish Gambino's "This Is America" video, before Donald Glover shoots a guy in the back of the head, Glover does…
Tom Breihan | June 6, 2018 - 1:41 pm

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All Hail Pusha-T, Our Blood-Gargling, Bone-Chomping Rap-Feud Conqueror

We need to retire the term ether. Ether isn't going to cut it anymore. Once upon a time, in 2001, Nas' "Ether" seemed like the…
Tom Breihan | May 30, 2018 - 12:49 pm

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Drake’s 2018 Guest-Appearance Blitz: An Appreciation

Eventually, we'll see the day when LeBron James is no longer the greatest basketball player in the world. He's near the end of his 14th…
Tom Breihan | May 23, 2018 - 11:16 am

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Playboi Carti, Tee Grizzley, And The New Forms Of Rap Stardom

When you're an old man, sometimes it takes time to learn how to hear music -- music that teenagers can understand immediately and instinctively. Case…
Tom Breihan | May 16, 2018 - 1:35 pm

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Rae Sremmurd Just Made History’s Least Ambitious Triple Album

Every time a rapper ascends from humbler places to stardom -- from the production credits on Roc-A-Fella albums, from the word-drunk Los Angeles underground, from…
Tom Breihan | May 9, 2018 - 1:37 pm

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Kanye West Doesn’t Care About Rap Music

Confession time: Until this past weekend, I was still excited about new Kanye West music. Still. After everything. This was -- and is -- directly…
Tom Breihan | May 2, 2018 - 11:55 am

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J. Cole Wants, So Badly, To Be Rap’s Conscience

"Life can bring much pain," a woman tells us in the opening moments of KOD, the album that J. Cole released last Friday. She sounds…
Tom Breihan | April 25, 2018 - 11:16 am

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Nicki Minaj Is Feeling The Pressure

It should not be this way. There should be more than one woman within rap's A-list at a time, and the women within rap's A-list…
Tom Breihan | April 18, 2018 - 12:17 pm

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Please Welcome Our New Overlord Cardi B

Sometimes, a perfect opening line will tell you, right away, everything you need to know about an album. Kurt Cobain on In Utero: "Teenage angst…
Tom Breihan | April 11, 2018 - 10:47 am

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BlocBoy JB Is Ready To Take Over

You don't upstage Drake. It's just not done. You might rap better than Drake on a song. Drake himself seems to have no problem with…
Tom Breihan | April 4, 2018 - 12:05 pm

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Netflix’s Roxanne Roxanne Opens Up New Possibilities For The Rap Biopic

A funny thing about Roxanne Roxanne, the new Roxanne Shanté biopic that went up on Netflix last week: The movie goes through the entire career…
Tom Breihan | March 28, 2018 - 2:55 pm

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Craig Mack & The Golden Age Of The Posse-Cut Remix

It would be a terrible shame if the entire legacy of Craig Mack, who passed away last week at a way-too-young age, boiled down to…
Tom Breihan | March 21, 2018 - 12:17 pm

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Common’s August Greene Project Is A Blissful Middle-Aged Jazz-Rap Jam Session

If you wanted to argue that Common was a corny motherfucker -- an argument that you could make without stretching any bounds of credulity --…
Tom Breihan | March 14, 2018 - 11:20 am
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