The Week In Rap

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The Week In Rap: ILoveMakonnen, Transformative Figure

"Tuesday," the song that made iLoveMakonnen into an unlikely star last year, scans as a party anthem. It is, after all, about making the club…
Tom Breihan | April 1, 2015 - 11:25 am

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The Week In Rap: Earl Sweatshirt, Action Bronson, & Major-Label Rap’s Age Of Weirdness

Not that long ago, major recording companies employed whole offices full of people whose whole purpose was to shape and mold rappers, to turn them…
Tom Breihan | March 25, 2015 - 12:51 pm

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The Week In Rap: The Great Drake/Kendrick Lamar Rivalry

This year, the best story in rap -- and the best story in music, and maybe the best story in popular culture in general --…
Tom Breihan | March 18, 2015 - 11:08 am

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The Week In Rap: Get Ready For Skepta To Be A Thing

I don't know why American critics stopped writing about grime. Sometime around 2004, grime -- the British hybrid of rap and dancehall and UK garage…
Tom Breihan | March 11, 2015 - 11:57 am

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The Week In Rap: Kanye West Murders The Brits

Last week, for the third time ever, a rapper won an Oscar. And for the first of those three times, it didn't feel like a…
Tom Breihan | March 4, 2015 - 10:52 am

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The Week In Rap: Big Sean Is Good Now, Somehow

In the annals of rap history, Fat Joe holds a curious distinction. Joe is a just-OK rapper, a guy who fills space just fine on…
Tom Breihan | February 25, 2015 - 5:27 pm

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The Week In Rap: The Indestructible Career Of Juicy J

I stopped doing Mixtape Of The Week at the exact right goddam time. Three weeks ago, when I wrote my last MOTW column, "mixtape" still…
Tom Breihan | February 18, 2015 - 2:38 pm

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The Week In Rap: Your Old Droog And The Corniness Question

There was a moment last year when people on the internet were convinced that Your Old Droog was really Nas in disguise. Droog released a…
Tom Breihan | February 11, 2015 - 4:39 pm

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The Week In Rap: Farewell To The Jacka

After three and a half years, Mixtape Of The Week is dead. In its place, we've got a new feature on Stereogum, one loosely based…
Tom Breihan | February 4, 2015 - 4:00 pm