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Status Ain't Hood

So There’s This French African Rapper Named MHD, And He’s Really Good

We were only there for three or four songs. It was enough. Last Thursday was one of those rare nights when Chris DeVille and I,…
Tom Breihan | September 20, 2017 - 11:07 am

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Thanks To Ghostemane, Industrial And Metal Are Rap Now

Meet Ghostemane. He's a white kid with dyed-gray hair and the word kybalion, which Google tells me is some kind of ancient hermetic philosophy, tattooed…
Tom Breihan | September 13, 2017 - 11:15 am

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We All Need To Be Grateful For Lil Wayne’s Continued Existence

Three and a half years ago, your entire Stereogum staff was at the FADER Fort during SXSW, watching the beautifully random one-off set where the…
Tom Breihan | September 6, 2017 - 2:57 pm

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In Praise Of New York Dirtbag-Rap

August was supposed to be A$AP Mob's month. They built a whole campaign around it. They released three albums, and they gave the whole thing…
Tom Breihan | August 30, 2017 - 10:50 am

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GoldLink’s “Crew” Is A Near-Perfect Summer Jam

For the longest time, Washington, DC didn't really have rap music. Or it had rap music, but if you weren't from there, you wouldn't know.
Tom Breihan | August 23, 2017 - 1:15 pm

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It’s Time To Get Excited About Brockhampton

All around the world, there are groups of kids working on music. They're developing their own aesthetics, their own secret languages, working on those things…
Tom Breihan | August 16, 2017 - 2:12 pm

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Aminé Just Made One Of The Year’s Best Rap Albums

Is there anything better than seeing a one-hit wonder become something more? One-hit wonders are becoming more and more of a rarity; anyone can find…
Tom Breihan | August 2, 2017 - 12:22 pm

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SoundCloud Rap Is Thriving While SoundCloud Is Dying

SoundCloud is in trouble. Earlier this month, the streaming platform laid off nearly half its workforce, positioning the move as what it needs to do…
Tom Breihan | July 26, 2017 - 2:08 pm

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Cardi B Is A Great Rapper, And You Need To Start Taking Her Seriously

Cardi B had a whole life before rap. The Bronx native is just 24, but she's already been a stripper, an Instagram celebrity, and a…
Tom Breihan | July 19, 2017 - 11:29 am

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21 Savage Is Out Here Making Love Songs And Shit

"In my feelings, she got my in my feelings." That's 21 Savage murmuring at the beginning of "Special," one of the songs from his brand-new…
Tom Breihan | July 12, 2017 - 1:44 pm

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Maybe You’ll Miss Z-Ro After He’s Gone

The voice is a lonely foghorn, a miles-deep burned-out baritone moan that seems to radiate the wisdom of hard-earned experience. It's a beautiful voice, melodious…
Tom Breihan | July 5, 2017 - 12:28 pm

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Welcome To Rap’s Well-Connected Old-Man Era

It used to be a truism: Rap fans are fickle. Rap fans don't take care of their elder statesmen. Rap fans are only after what's…
Tom Breihan | June 28, 2017 - 11:55 am

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Look What Prodigy Brought To The Table

Prodigy slumps in a musty easychair, sweaty and shirtless. The room is dark and dank. Candles burn. A skull sits in a pizza box next…
Tom Breihan | June 21, 2017 - 10:40 am

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Let’s Talk About This Year’s XXL Freshmen

When XXL first started picking its rap freshmen a decade ago, none of them owed anything to the internet. Today, that's a tough thing to…
Tom Breihan | June 14, 2017 - 9:57 am

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Gunplay Will Still Beat The Shit Out Of You

Pity the rap-crew enforcer. It's a vital but thankless job. Every ascendant rap Michael Jordan needs a Charles Oakley, a guy there to reinforce the…
Tom Breihan | June 7, 2017 - 12:33 pm
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