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Underground Rap Will Never Die

We're entering a strange new period where there's no meaningful distinction between rap's underground and its mainstream. A regional scene can catch fire out of…
Tom Breihan | October 9, 2019 - 1:09 pm

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DaBaby Is On An Unholy Hot Streak

In the calendar year of 1998, DMX came out with two albums: It's Dark And Hell Is Hot in May, Flesh Of My Flesh, Blood
Tom Breihan | October 2, 2019 - 12:40 pm

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Tekashi 6ix9ine & The Bizarre Spectacle Of Rap On Trial

Fourteen years ago, I sat in a federal courthouse in Brooklyn and watched Irv Gotti's lawyer call Ja Rule a fake crook. Irv Gotti, the…
Tom Breihan | September 25, 2019 - 2:14 pm

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JPEGMAFIA Makes Some Anxious-Ass Rap Music

"Disappointed." In the weeks leading up to the release of his new album All My Heroes Are Cornballs, JPEGMAFIA used that word over and over,…
Tom Breihan | September 18, 2019 - 11:36 am

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The Wu-Tang Clan’s New Hulu Show Is Beautiful Mythmaking

There are many, many reasons why I love rap music. One of those reasons, I have learned, is this: At a young and formative age,…
Tom Breihan | September 11, 2019 - 2:47 pm

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Scam-Rap Is The Future

In The Secret Life Of Pets 2, Kevin Hart plays the voice of a bunny named Snowball, a former anti-human revolutionary who has come to…
Tom Breihan | September 4, 2019 - 11:21 am

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Brockhampton Let Their Depression Flow

"We want to make a summer album. Feel-good. Not too sad and like, 'Oh, our life sucks,' just more like, 'Just enjoy what's in front…
Tom Breihan | August 28, 2019 - 10:19 am

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Young Thug, Transmitting Live From The Astral Plane

We never got our snake. A year ago, by way of promoting his Slime Language project, Young Thug had pet snakes sent to a bunch…
Tom Breihan | August 21, 2019 - 10:21 am

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Kenny Beats’ YouTube Show Might Be The Rap Album Of The Year

A fascinating thing about rap music: It may be the only form of music where personality and digital ephemera matter at least as much as…
Tom Breihan | August 14, 2019 - 12:24 pm

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Cardi B’s Circus Comes To Town

"Stank-ass rappers make me sick! Everybody on the goddam stage got a mic! Forty motherfucking people! All of 'em got a mic! Motherfucker, why? We…
Tom Breihan | August 7, 2019 - 2:51 pm

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DaBaby, You’re A Star

The most important performance in the history of the XXL Freshman Cypher was three years ago. Lil Uzi Vert was grouped together with a crew…
Tom Breihan | July 31, 2019 - 12:00 pm

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Blanco Brown’s “The Git Up” Raises The Question Of What Rap Music Even Is

A recent conversation with my seven-year-old: "Dad, put on the cowboy boogie song." "You said you hated that song." …
Tom Breihan | July 17, 2019 - 11:45 am

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J. Cole’s All-Star Dreamville Rap Camp Makes Beautiful Chaos

There have been rap camps before. In the sessions for his album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye West famously flew basically all the artists…
Tom Breihan | July 10, 2019 - 11:33 am

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NLE Choppa Is All Upside

There's a scene in the 1985 movie Krush Groove, the fictionalized version of Def Jam's rise, where a teenage LL Cool J barges into the…
Tom Breihan | July 3, 2019 - 12:46 pm

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Benny The Butcher & Mach-Hommy, Keepers Of The East Coast Flame

Buffalo is not New York City. It's nowhere near New York City. It's not even coastal. Buffalo is closer to Toronto or Cleveland than it…
Tom Breihan | June 26, 2019 - 11:12 am
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