Status Ain’t Hood

Status Ain't Hood

The Two Competing Dipset Reunions

In the past few days, an image has been showing up on my Twitter feed again and again: a poster of Roc Weekend 2004. The…
Tom Breihan | November 28, 2018 - 12:11 pm

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ALLBLACK Carries The Bay Area Flame

"Thank you, Kenny." That's something the Oakland rapper ALLBLACK says over and over on 2 Minute Drills, his new collaborative EP with the producer Kenny…
Tom Breihan | November 21, 2018 - 11:30 am

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Sheck Wes Has A Story

Stop me if you've heard this one before: A good-looking teenager from the northern reaches of Manhattan becomes a high school basketball star. But instead…
Tom Breihan | November 14, 2018 - 11:51 am

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Curren$y & Freddie Gibbs Make Sense Together

Curren$y and Freddie Gibbs had it figured out before almost everyone else. Near the beginning of this decade, when the rap landscape completely and irrevocably…
Tom Breihan | November 7, 2018 - 1:20 pm

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The Quick Atomization Of SOB x RBE

"It feels like they're just getting started." That's something I wrote about the young Vallejo, California rap group SOB x RBE eight months ago. It…
Tom Breihan | October 31, 2018 - 12:26 pm

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Open Mike Eagle & Milo’s Independent Journeys

It's such an oddly specific and low-stakes flex: "I’ve been on every podcast that I listen to." It's also, presumably, an entirely true statement. If…
Tom Breihan | October 24, 2018 - 3:31 pm

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Quavo Needs To Rethink This Whole Solo-Career Thing

There's this phrase in pro-wrestling terminology: Killing the town. Back before the '80s WWF takeover, pro wrestling was a regional phenomenon: All of North America…
Tom Breihan | October 17, 2018 - 12:01 pm

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Lil Baby & Gunna Are The Best Rap Duo In Years

There was this rap-video cliché in the late '90s. The rapper would jump out a window, with police chasing him. Or he'd be in a…
Tom Breihan | October 10, 2018 - 11:32 am

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Lil Wayne’s Triumphant Return

Here's how I think about it: A new Tha Carter album is like a new Die Hard movie. We can't expect it to be like…
Tom Breihan | October 3, 2018 - 11:06 am

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Brockhampton Make The Leap

Brockhampton have been calling themselves a boy band for years; that term is central to their self-presentation. It's an inside joke. It's a way to…
Tom Breihan | September 26, 2018 - 3:18 pm

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Noname Is Spoken Word’s Last, Best Hope

Fatimah Warner wasn't a music person as a kid. In a recent FADER profile, we learn that she grew up with her grandparents and that…
Tom Breihan | September 19, 2018 - 12:09 pm

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Armand Hammer’s Paraffin Is A Disorienting Rap Masterpiece

"Service weapon in my face, all I could see was his lips chapped." That's billy woods, one half of the New York rap duo Armand…
Tom Breihan | September 12, 2018 - 11:28 am

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Eminem Is So Mad That You Don’t Like Him Anymore

Picture it. You're getting into your late twenties, and you haven't done shit. You've been abused, knocked around, ignored. You've tried releasing music, but it…
Tom Breihan | September 5, 2018 - 1:09 pm

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Is Danny Brown’s Twitch Stream The Future Of Mixtapes?

YBN Nahmir is an 18-year-old rapper who comes from Alabama, lives in Los Angeles, and sounds like he's from the Bay Area. He's good, and…
Tom Breihan | August 29, 2018 - 11:29 am

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Ka’s Odyssey Into Greek Mythology

The story, in most of its tellings, goes like this: On the day of her wedding, Eurydice, trying to get away from an extremely horny…
Tom Breihan | August 22, 2018 - 10:19 am
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