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Drake’s New Album Is Sad In Every Way

Drake is a true Jedi master at the ancient art of lowering expectations. If You're Reading This It's Too Late is one of Drake's best…
Tom Breihan | May 6, 2020 - 11:20 am

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The Depressing Inertia Of Quarantine-Era Rap

"Yeah, I'm quarantine clean, so relaxed," Gunna tells us. "Got my pillows in my Benz Maybach." That sounds nice. It also sounds completely disconnected from…
Tom Breihan | April 8, 2020 - 1:31 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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Status Ain't Hood

The Depressing Inertia Of Quarantine-Era Rap

"Yeah, I'm quarantine clean, so relaxed," Gunna tells us. "Got my pillows in my Benz Maybach." That sounds nice. It also sounds completely disconnected from…
Tom Breihan | April 8, 2020 - 1:31 pm

The Week In Pop

The Revolving Door Between Country And Pop Keeps On Spinning

Press play on the year's biggest country album and you might wonder if you're listening to a country album at all. Thomas Rhett's Center Point
Chris DeVille | October 10, 2019 - 12:37 pm

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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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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

Straight To Video

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

I am not going to put a Chris Brown music video on this list. And even if Chris Brown weren't a loathsome human being, his…
Tom Breihan | August 2, 2019 - 12:54 pm

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Get Used To Lil Tjay

Reports of rap regionalism's death were greatly exaggerated. For decades, almost since its inception, rap was the most provincial form of popular American music --…
Tom Breihan | May 8, 2019 - 1:54 pm

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The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Apparently, we're still doing stuff like this. We're still taking beloved old scraps of kids' culture, degrading them, and acting like this whole act is…
Tom Breihan | February 22, 2019 - 3:59 pm

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Lucki’s Depressive Drug-Rap Can Punch You In The Soul

There's an old joke about a lost-dog poster: "LOST: Male dog. One eye. Mangled ear. Paralyzed hind leg. Crooked tail. Answers to the name 'Lucky.'"
Tom Breihan | February 20, 2019 - 10:47 am

Watch Gucci Mane & Kevin Gates Play Kimmel Together

Gucci Mane and Kevin Gates are two fascinating figures: Raw and emotional and instinctive and deeply weird street-rappers who influenced entire regions on a grass-roots…
Tom Breihan | December 5, 2018 - 10:19 am

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ALLBLACK Carries The Bay Area Flame

"Thank you, Kenny." That's something the Oakland rapper ALLBLACK says over and over on 2 Minute Drills, his new collaborative EP with the producer Kenny…
Tom Breihan | November 21, 2018 - 11:30 am

The Week In Pop

Twenty One Pilots May Not Be For You (Because They’re For Everyone)

In 2015, Twenty One Pilots were the biggest band you've never heard of. By the end of the following year, they were the biggest band,…
Chris DeVille | October 11, 2018 - 9:23 am

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Nas Sounds Tired

In 2000, Rakim, then widely regarded as the greatest rapper ever, signed with Dr. Dre's Aftermath label. This was a ridiculously exciting thing to even…
Tom Breihan | June 20, 2018 - 12:06 pm

Stream Kevin Gates’ Surprise EP Chained To The City

Back in January, the Baton Rouge rap star Kevin Gates was released from prison. Shortly after a previous prison release, he'd been sentenced to 30
Tom Breihan | May 16, 2018 - 9:13 am
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