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Status Ain't Hood

J. Cole Wants, So Badly, To Be Rap’s Conscience

"Life can bring much pain," a woman tells us in the opening moments of KOD, the album that J. Cole released last Friday. She sounds…
Tom Breihan | April 25, 2018 - 11:16 am

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Nicki Minaj Is Feeling The Pressure

It should not be this way. There should be more than one woman within rap's A-list at a time, and the women within rap's A-list…
Tom Breihan | April 18, 2018 - 12:17 pm

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Please Welcome Our New Overlord Cardi B

Sometimes, a perfect opening line will tell you, right away, everything you need to know about an album. Kurt Cobain on In Utero: "Teenage angst…
Tom Breihan | April 11, 2018 - 10:47 am

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BlocBoy JB Is Ready To Take Over

You don't upstage Drake. It's just not done. You might rap better than Drake on a song. Drake himself seems to have no problem with…
Tom Breihan | April 4, 2018 - 12:05 pm

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Netflix’s Roxanne Roxanne Opens Up New Possibilities For The Rap Biopic

A funny thing about Roxanne Roxanne, the new Roxanne Shanté biopic that went up on Netflix last week: The movie goes through the entire career…
Tom Breihan | March 28, 2018 - 2:55 pm

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Craig Mack & The Golden Age Of The Posse-Cut Remix

It would be a terrible shame if the entire legacy of Craig Mack, who passed away last week at a way-too-young age, boiled down to…
Tom Breihan | March 21, 2018 - 12:17 pm

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Common’s August Greene Project Is A Blissful Middle-Aged Jazz-Rap Jam Session

If you wanted to argue that Common was a corny motherfucker -- an argument that you could make without stretching any bounds of credulity --…
Tom Breihan | March 14, 2018 - 11:20 am

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Roc Marciano’s Album Is Worth Your $30

How much is music worth -- not a physical object associated with music, but music itself? The market has answered that question for us ruthlessly:…
Tom Breihan | March 7, 2018 - 12:41 pm

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SOB x RBE’s Chaotic Energy Is A Beautiful Thing

The Black Panther soundtrack is an album that bursts with voices and ideas, and it doesn't really have a dead or boring moment. But for…
Tom Breihan | February 28, 2018 - 12:28 pm

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JPEGMAFIA Makes Murky Lo-Fi Rap Into Something Exciting

When the lanky, pointy-jawed wrestler Edge debuted in the WWF in 1998, looking like a Rob Liefeld drawing, he was an evil, grinning goth in…
Tom Breihan | February 21, 2018 - 11:19 am

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Kendrick Lamar’s Black Panther And The Art Of The Corporate Crossover

There's a moment on "Opps," a track from the Kendrick Lamar-curated compilation Black Panther: The Album, where the South African rapper Yugen Blakrok says, "Stand…
Tom Breihan | February 14, 2018 - 11:59 am

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Payroll Giovanni & Cardo’s Masterfully Controlled Throwback Rap

An interesting new wrinkle in rap history: Rappers don't sound like they're in control anymore. That sense of cool, of composure, has been a crucial…
Tom Breihan | February 7, 2018 - 12:18 pm

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Migos And The Overwhelming Content-Flood

A week before the Migos released their new album Culture II, group member Offset was caught saying some fucked-up homophobic shit -- "I do not…
Tom Breihan | January 31, 2018 - 10:45 am

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Fredo Santana’s Story Was Darker Than We Knew

There's a small, select group of rappers who first got famous for being namechecked on other rappers' songs; think 50 Cent saying that he's going…
Tom Breihan | January 24, 2018 - 12:18 pm

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Maxo Kream Is A Great Rap Storyteller

It's one thing for a rapper to tell you he had a fucked-up childhood. It's entirely another for a rapper to describe, in minute and…
Tom Breihan | January 17, 2018 - 12:13 pm
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