Status Ain’t Hood

Status Ain't Hood

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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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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