Status Ain’t Hood

Status Ain't Hood

The Crushing Finality Of Pop Smoke’s Posthumous Album

It sounded like rupture. It sounded like chaos and disorder. It sounded like the earth opening up and swallowing you. This was the power of…
Tom Breihan | July 8, 2020 - 12:29 pm

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Lil Baby & 42 Dugg’s “We Paid” Is The Summer Anthem We Need

It's been 14 years since Tom Cruise did the Yung Joc motorcycle dance. In the summer of 2006, Cruise was out on the promotional trail…
Tom Breihan | July 1, 2020 - 1:05 pm

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Lil Mosey Is, Regrettably, A Thing Now

The teenager in the fur coat is transcendently, magnificently bored. He does not want to be on this stage, in front of these cameras, rapping…
Tom Breihan | June 24, 2020 - 11:55 am

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The New Dawn Of The Protest Song

People never stopped making protest songs. For decades, the protest song has been woven into the culture of popular music. Some musicians build entire careers…
Tom Breihan | June 17, 2020 - 12:11 pm

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Armand Hammer Build A Utopia

Ming died last February. He was 19. At the time of his death, Ming, a Bengal tiger, was living at an animal sanctuary in Ohio.
Tom Breihan | June 10, 2020 - 11:25 am

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Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist Make A Soothing Soundtrack For The End Times

It's beautiful out. That's one of the fucked up things. From all available evidence, we've been blessed with a nationwide wave of sunny spring-into-summer weather.
Tom Breihan | June 3, 2020 - 12:47 pm

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Gunna’s Prettified Psychedelic Trap Music

Trap music is, in a lot of ways, about numbness. Much of the time, the rappers from the dominant Atlanta rap strain are talking about…
Tom Breihan | May 27, 2020 - 12:30 pm

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Polo G’s Sad, Quiet Grace

The latest single from the melancholic young Chicago sing-rapper Polo G is called "33." It's named, at least in part, for Scottie Pippen's number. Within…
Tom Breihan | May 20, 2020 - 11:08 am

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Ka’s New Album Is Nourishing Loner Wisdom, Right When We Need It

For those of us lucky enough to write about music for a living, it's a real temptation to begin every review with in a time
Tom Breihan | May 13, 2020 - 10:57 am

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Drake’s New Album Is Sad In Every Way

Drake is a true Jedi master at the ancient art of lowering expectations. If You're Reading This It's Too Late is one of Drake's best…
Tom Breihan | May 6, 2020 - 11:20 am

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The 10 Verzuz Battles We Need To See

It's become a quarantine-era tradition: Spending an evening zoning out on your phone while you watch two middle-aged men struggle with technology, talk shit to…
Tom Breihan | April 29, 2020 - 3:38 pm

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Westside Gunn Isn’t Underground Anymore

Last year, the Griselda Records guys couldn't get on a Dreamville compilation. Early in 2019, J. Cole put together an impressive roster of rappers and…
Tom Breihan | April 22, 2020 - 12:47 pm

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The Detroit Rap Underground Remains Undefeated

Sada Baby does not come from a vacuum. This year, nobody in rap music has been bringing me as much joy as the voluminously bearded,…
Tom Breihan | April 15, 2020 - 12:19 pm

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The Depressing Inertia Of Quarantine-Era Rap

"Yeah, I'm quarantine clean, so relaxed," Gunna tells us. "Got my pillows in my Benz Maybach." That sounds nice. It also sounds completely disconnected from…
Tom Breihan | April 8, 2020 - 1:31 pm

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Protect Scarface

"I been to the point where I felt like I was gonna die, bro," says Scarface. His thundering old-testament voice creaks and catches, a desiccated…
Tom Breihan | April 1, 2020 - 11:32 am
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