Status Ain’t Hood

Status Ain't Hood

I Can’t Stop Thinking About This Insane Clown Posse Video

The wind whistles. A camera pans up on blocky brutalist Detroit tenement buildings, looming impassively. We hear a creaking sound, and we eventually realize that…
Tom Breihan | March 13, 2019 - 2:40 pm

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Blu & Oh No, Indie-Rap Survivors

A decade ago, XXL did its best to figure out where rap was going. They'd tried it once before, spotlighting a bunch of rising street-rap…
Tom Breihan | March 6, 2019 - 12:57 pm

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J. Cole Is Going For It

J. Cole really tried it. A week and a half ago, J. Cole was at the NBA Slam-Dunk Contest to serve as a human prop…
Tom Breihan | February 27, 2019 - 1:42 pm

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Lucki’s Depressive Drug-Rap Can Punch You In The Soul

There's an old joke about a lost-dog poster: "LOST: Male dog. One eye. Mangled ear. Paralyzed hind leg. Crooked tail. Answers to the name 'Lucky.'"
Tom Breihan | February 20, 2019 - 10:47 am

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Wiz Khalifa Can Still Rap When He Feels Like It

"Releasing a song on a cookie's crazy." That's how Wiz Khalifa describes releasing a song on a cookie. If you watched this past Sunday's Grammys…
Tom Breihan | February 13, 2019 - 12:41 pm

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Blueface, G Herbo, & The Sudden Resurgence Of The Offbeat Flow

Does Blueface know how to rap? As in: Is he even capable of it? That's been the question that's followed the 22-year-old LA rapper since…
Tom Breihan | February 6, 2019 - 10:57 am

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Sada Baby Made 2019’s First Great Rap Album

Sada Baby can sing. This was a pleasant surprise. If all you know about the Detroit rapper is "Bloxk Party," the ridiculously fun 2018 collaboration…
Tom Breihan | January 30, 2019 - 1:17 pm

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Future Drifts Off Into A Pleasant Oblivion

There's a moment on Hoodie SZN, the new album from the young Bronx sing-rapper A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, where A Boogie delivers a few…
Tom Breihan | January 23, 2019 - 3:05 pm

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DaBaby Is 2019’s Funniest, Scariest Rapper

Charlotte rapper DaBaby looks at his phone, and there is a video of a woman's butt on it. DaBaby gets so fired-up about this that…
Tom Breihan | January 16, 2019 - 12:32 pm

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A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie’s Starmaking Mediocrity

We are deep into the identity-crisis era of New York rap, and something interesting has started to happen. For many years, after New York found…
Tom Breihan | January 9, 2019 - 10:44 am

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21 Savage Somehow Made A Good Album

"I love all people." That's something that 21 Savage wrote on Twitter on Christmas Day. This was telling. 21 Savage came to fame by cannily…
Tom Breihan | January 2, 2019 - 2:22 pm

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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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