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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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Blanco Brown’s “The Git Up” Raises The Question Of What Rap Music Even Is

A recent conversation with my seven-year-old: "Dad, put on the cowboy boogie song." "You said you hated that song." …
Tom Breihan | July 17, 2019 - 11:45 am

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J. Cole’s All-Star Dreamville Rap Camp Makes Beautiful Chaos

There have been rap camps before. In the sessions for his album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye West famously flew basically all the artists…
Tom Breihan | July 10, 2019 - 11:33 am

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NLE Choppa Is All Upside

There's a scene in the 1985 movie Krush Groove, the fictionalized version of Def Jam's rise, where a teenage LL Cool J barges into the…
Tom Breihan | July 3, 2019 - 12:46 pm

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Benny The Butcher & Mach-Hommy, Keepers Of The East Coast Flame

Buffalo is not New York City. It's nowhere near New York City. It's not even coastal. Buffalo is closer to Toronto or Cleveland than it…
Tom Breihan | June 26, 2019 - 11:12 am

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Polo G And The New Chicago Blues

It sounds like a mantra, a Zen koan: "We pop out at your party, I'm with the gang / And it's gon' be a robbery,…
Tom Breihan | June 19, 2019 - 11:49 am

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Bushwick Bill Was A Rap Giant

Bushwick Bill died so many times.
Tom Breihan | June 12, 2019 - 12:05 pm

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Denzel Curry Is Already A Florida Rap Legend

"Home" is a complicated concept for just about anyone. For Denzel Curry, it has to be an absolute mental labyrinth. Curry is a native of…
Tom Breihan | June 5, 2019 - 12:35 pm

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Beast Coast, Pivot Gang, & The Legacy Of The Rap-Crew Album

Rap-name trends are funny things. Ten years ago, everyone had "Lil" in front of their names. In the past few years, we've seen newer, weirder…
Tom Breihan | May 29, 2019 - 12:45 pm
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