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Status Ain't Hood

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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Eminem Is So Mad That You Don’t Like Him Anymore

Picture it. You're getting into your late twenties, and you haven't done shit. You've been abused, knocked around, ignored. You've tried releasing music, but it…
Tom Breihan | September 5, 2018 - 1:09 pm

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Is Danny Brown’s Twitch Stream The Future Of Mixtapes?

YBN Nahmir is an 18-year-old rapper who comes from Alabama, lives in Los Angeles, and sounds like he's from the Bay Area. He's good, and…
Tom Breihan | August 29, 2018 - 11:29 am

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Ka’s Odyssey Into Greek Mythology

The story, in most of its tellings, goes like this: On the day of her wedding, Eurydice, trying to get away from an extremely horny…
Tom Breihan | August 22, 2018 - 10:19 am

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Nicki Minaj, A Titan Stuck On Autopilot

Back in 2007, around the time she joined Lil Wayne on Young Money Records, Nicki Minaj released the mixtape track "Dreams (2007)." The concept was…
Tom Breihan | August 15, 2018 - 12:32 pm

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YG Doesn’t Even Have To Try Hard Anymore

Has any rapper this decade outperformed expectations as thoroughly as YG? For years, YG prowled the Los Angeles G-rap underground, cranking out mixtapes and releasing…
Tom Breihan | August 8, 2018 - 12:22 pm

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Denzel Curry, Traveling At The Speed Of Thought

There's a moment on "Percs," the stunningly venomous fast-rap tirade that Miami rapper Denzel Curry released earlier this summer, where Curry lets loose on the…
Tom Breihan | August 1, 2018 - 12:43 pm

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Tierra Whack Gamed The System

For a while, it looked like Twitter fiction was going to be a thing. As early as 2009, a writer named Matt Stewart self-published The
Tom Breihan | July 25, 2018 - 11:34 am

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03 Greedo Became A Legend The Same Year He Went To Prison

About a third of the way into 03 Greedo's gargantuan new album God Level, he wails a question: "If I go back to prison, would…
Tom Breihan | July 18, 2018 - 11:46 am

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Rico Nasty Is The Best Thing About SoundCloud Rap Right Now

In a vacuum, the loosely connected movement known as SoundCloud rap would be one of the most exciting things to happen in music in a…
Tom Breihan | June 27, 2018 - 11:09 am
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