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On The Triumphant Nastiness Of CupcakKe

CupcakKe is not subtle. The 19-year-old Chicago rapper first found internet fame with a song called "Vagina." She titled her first mixtape Cum Cake. She…
Tom Breihan | October 26, 2016 - 11:24 am

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The World’s Best Rap Music Comes From California

The G-funk era is over, but it might be just beginning again. Those days -- the classic early-'90s halcyon era of West Coast rap --…
Tom Breihan | October 19, 2016 - 12:07 pm

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The 10 Best BET Cypher Performances Of All Time

The BET Hip-Hop Awards are a fairly meaningless annual event, except for one thing: They're where we get to see the Cyphers, the video series…
Tom Breihan | October 12, 2016 - 10:59 am

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Aesop Rock & Homeboy Sandman’s Rap For Rap’s Sake

Once upon a time, I couldn't stand Aesop Rock. This wasn't something I was eager to say out loud in public. I still bought his…
Tom Breihan | October 5, 2016 - 12:34 pm

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The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Drake released a long-form music video this week. He shouldn't do that! It was very bad! Honestly, if someone would've just taken the "One Dance"
Tom Breihan | September 30, 2016 - 2:52 pm

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Could Rap Music Be Whitewashed The Way Rock ‘N’ Roll Was?

In 1960, black rock 'n' roll guitarists like Chuck Berry were among the most vital forces driving popular culture. By 1970, a black rock 'n'
Tom Breihan | September 28, 2016 - 12:51 pm

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Young M.A Is A Bully And A Boss

A quick note: I wrote this column yesterday afternoon, before the passing of Shawty Lo. Shawty Lo's death is obviously the most important thing that's
Tom Breihan | September 21, 2016 - 10:54 am

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Atlanta Is A Good TV Show

I shoved Donald Glover once. This was about five years ago, at a big G.O.O.D. Music showcase in a converted power plant in Austin, during…
Tom Breihan | September 14, 2016 - 4:30 pm

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Travis Scott And Isaiah Rashad Make Big Leaps On New Albums

How many rappers have the juice to get a Kendrick Lamar verse in 2016? Fifteen? Twenty at the most? In any case, it's not a…
Tom Breihan | September 7, 2016 - 11:49 am

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Young Thug Is His Own Genre Now

On the old Comedy Central puppets-doing-prank-calls show Crank Yankers, there was once a sketch where Ludacris called Def Jam president Kevin Liles and informed him…
Tom Breihan | August 31, 2016 - 9:38 am

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J. Cole Is One Of Rap’s Biggest Stars. Why?

Because of some quirk in ticketing, there was almost nobody on the floor to see J. Cole on Saturday night. All the seats were full…
Tom Breihan | August 24, 2016 - 10:58 am

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Over-The-Top Superhero Melodrama The Get Down Gets Early Rap So Wrong And So Right

"You love to hear the story, again and again, of how it all got started way back when." That was MC Shan on "The Bridge"
Tom Breihan | August 17, 2016 - 10:49 am

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Does Lil Yachty Suck?

When the New Jersey group P.M. Dawn came along in 1991, rap didn't know what to do with them. Here were these guys who seemed…
Tom Breihan | August 3, 2016 - 10:08 am

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A Healthy Gucci Mane Is A Strange And Wondrous Thing

He doesn't look the same. That's the first thing you notice. The second thing you notice is that he looks great. Since coming home from…
Tom Breihan | July 27, 2016 - 12:41 pm

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21 Savage Is Rap’s New Bad Guy

Midway through Savage Mode, the fearsome young Atlanta rapper 21 Savage's new mixtape with producer Metro Boomin, there's a song called "Bad Guy." Really, every…
Tom Breihan | July 20, 2016 - 10:59 am
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