Status Ain’t Hood

Status Ain't Hood

YG Doesn’t Even Have To Try Hard Anymore

Has any rapper this decade outperformed expectations as thoroughly as YG? For years, YG prowled the Los Angeles G-rap underground, cranking out mixtapes and releasing…
Tom Breihan | August 8, 2018 - 12:22 pm

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Denzel Curry, Traveling At The Speed Of Thought

There's a moment on "Percs," the stunningly venomous fast-rap tirade that Miami rapper Denzel Curry released earlier this summer, where Curry lets loose on the…
Tom Breihan | August 1, 2018 - 12:43 pm

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Tierra Whack Gamed The System

For a while, it looked like Twitter fiction was going to be a thing. As early as 2009, a writer named Matt Stewart self-published The
Tom Breihan | July 25, 2018 - 11:34 am

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03 Greedo Became A Legend The Same Year He Went To Prison

About a third of the way into 03 Greedo's gargantuan new album God Level, he wails a question: "If I go back to prison, would…
Tom Breihan | July 18, 2018 - 11:46 am

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Rico Nasty Is The Best Thing About SoundCloud Rap Right Now

In a vacuum, the loosely connected movement known as SoundCloud rap would be one of the most exciting things to happen in music in a…
Tom Breihan | June 27, 2018 - 11:09 am

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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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