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Status Ain't Hood

Megan Thee Stallion Is The Prince Who Was Promised

Megan Thee Stallion is a rap fundamentalist. In the new FADER cover story about the surging Houston rapper, Megan talks about listening to ancestral Southern…
Tom Breihan | May 22, 2019 - 12:48 pm

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Let Pi’erre Bourne Produce All The Rap Music

Most big-name producers have a tag -- a quick soundburst that lets you know who you're listening to and, ideally, makes the song a tiny…
Tom Breihan | May 15, 2019 - 1:13 pm

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Get Used To Lil Tjay

Reports of rap regionalism's death were greatly exaggerated. For decades, almost since its inception, rap was the most provincial form of popular American music --…
Tom Breihan | May 8, 2019 - 1:54 pm

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Rico Nasty Is A Fucking Monster

"No moshpit etiquette." That was Rico Nasty giving instructions to anyone coming to her set at the second Coachella weekend earlier this month. That's the…
Tom Breihan | May 1, 2019 - 3:03 pm

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Get Kanye West Out Of Here

Everyone should've known what was happening when they saw the socks. Everyone should've taken one look at the socks, turned right around, and tromped back…
Tom Breihan | April 24, 2019 - 1:16 pm

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Megan Thee Stallion Is Already A Star

Toward the end of his life, Pimp C, quite possibly the greatest shit-talker in rap history, started referring to himself as Tony Snow. There was…
Tom Breihan | April 17, 2019 - 12:43 pm

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billy woods & Kenny Segal Made A Stressed-Out Rap Classic

At the end of "Spongebob," the first song on billy woods and Kenny Segal's new collaborative album Hiding Places, we hear an automated female voice…
Tom Breihan | April 10, 2019 - 10:42 am

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Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” Might Herald A Whole New Era For Country-Rap

For decades now, people have been trying to make country-rap happen. It's an amorphous concept: a fusion of the two styles of music that, since…
Tom Breihan | March 27, 2019 - 9:34 am

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Meet Dave, The Post-Grime Future Of UK Rap

The first rap music I ever loved was British. In 1988, when I was about to turn nine, my family moved to London for a…
Tom Breihan | March 20, 2019 - 12:22 pm

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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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