Status Ain’t Hood

Status Ain't Hood

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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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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