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A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie Fucking Sucks

"Hits is mediocre," A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, a man who has made more than his share of hits, tells the Rolling Stone reporter. "All…
Tom Breihan | February 19, 2020 - 1:07 pm

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Pop Smoke Could Be New York Rap’s Next Great Demon

Pop Smoke is 20 years old. He sounds like he's 60. He sounds like his vocal chords are made of scorched asphalt and ground-up glass.
Tom Breihan | February 12, 2020 - 12:10 pm

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Lil Wayne Returns To His Own Dimension

When Lil Wayne was first starting in rap music, Cash Money Records paired him up with fellow baby rapper BG in the duo known as…
Tom Breihan | February 5, 2020 - 11:59 am

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Sada Baby Already Owns 2020

Within the music industry, New Year's Day does not matter. It's a writeoff. The entire music business -- labels, publicists, writers like me -- has…
Tom Breihan | January 29, 2020 - 11:37 am

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Eminem Is Still Angry, Weirdly Compelling On Music To Be Murdered By

What did we expect? What did anyone expect? Eminem's new album Music To Be Murdered By dropped as a clear-blue-sky surprise on Friday, and yet…
Tom Breihan | January 22, 2020 - 12:14 pm

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Roddy Ricch Became A Star When You Weren’t Paying Attention

Justin Bieber wanted it bad -- or, at the very least, people within the Justin Bieber camp wanted it bad. (Bieber himself never seems to…
Tom Breihan | January 15, 2020 - 11:47 am

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How Is Cam’ron Still This Good?

There are moments in music where everything lines up perfectly, where the pieces are all in place for something great to happen. Sometimes, you don't…
Tom Breihan | January 8, 2020 - 11:39 am

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On Juice WRLD’s Short Life And Long Legacy

A year ago, Juice WRLD asked a rhetorical question: "What's the 27 Club?" And then: "We ain't making it past 21." The we there is…
Tom Breihan | December 11, 2019 - 12:41 pm

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The Griselda Crew Are Your Ugly Neck-Jerk Winter Rap Soundtrack

Toward the end of WWCD, the new album from the Buffalo rap crew Griselda, there's a moment where Benny The Butcher gives his whole superhero…
Tom Breihan | December 4, 2019 - 12:00 pm

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Rod Wave, Singer Of Sad Songs

There is a lot of singing happening in rap music right now. Some of it -- Polo G, Lil Baby, Juice WRLD's "Bandit" -- is…
Tom Breihan | November 20, 2019 - 1:12 pm

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Wiki’s Great Quarter-Life Crisis Rap Album

"I shit you not," Wiki admits to himself and to the world halfway through his new album Oofie. "There will be another kid to take…
Tom Breihan | November 13, 2019 - 12:15 pm

2010s In Review

The Wild Ride Of Rap Music In The ’10s

"From doing records from sampling, I started learning the science about what happened to soul music," the Alchemist told me 13 years ago. One evening,…
Tom Breihan | November 6, 2019 - 12:41 pm

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Hemlock Ernst, The Little Indie-Rap Side Project That Could

Samuel T. Herring looks like the dad in a '50s sitcom. He sings in a stately baritone-blues quaver that sometimes unpredictably lurches into death-metal growl…
Tom Breihan | October 30, 2019 - 11:47 am

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Don’t Take Gucci Mane For Granted

Gucci Mane didn't name himself after a clothing designer. He named himself after his father. Ralph Dudley, a former serviceman turned drug dealer who wasn't…
Tom Breihan | October 23, 2019 - 12:11 pm

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Is A Rap American Idol Even Possible?

Twelve years ago, someone from MTV called me and asked me to come into their office. I went. I met Ashton Kutcher in the lobby.
Tom Breihan | October 16, 2019 - 2:27 pm
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