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Jack Harlow Is Going To Be A Star, Whether Or Not He Ever Becomes A Great Rapper

When Jack Harlow was 12 years old, he decided that he wanted to become the best rapper in the world. He didn't know how he'd…
Tom Breihan | July 15, 2020 - 1:28 pm

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Quavo Needs To Rethink This Whole Solo-Career Thing

There's this phrase in pro-wrestling terminology: Killing the town. Back before the '80s WWF takeover, pro wrestling was a regional phenomenon: All of North America…
Tom Breihan | October 17, 2018 - 12:01 pm

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Tierra Whack Gamed The System

For a while, it looked like Twitter fiction was going to be a thing. As early as 2009, a writer named Matt Stewart self-published The
Tom Breihan | July 25, 2018 - 11:34 am

More Problem stories

Problem – “Don’t Be Mad At Me (Remix)” (Feat. Freddie Gibbs & Snoop Dogg)

Problem is a veteran Compton rapper who's had a bunch of moments of greatness over the years but who mostly remains a regional rapper. That's…
Tom Breihan | July 14, 2020 - 10:26 am

Status Ain't Hood

Tierra Whack Gamed The System

For a while, it looked like Twitter fiction was going to be a thing. As early as 2009, a writer named Matt Stewart self-published The
Tom Breihan | July 25, 2018 - 11:34 am

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Behold, In Nick Grant, What J. Cole Hath Wrought

A rapper emerges. He's from some small country town in the Southeast, but he has no accent to speak of. He raps under his government…
Tom Breihan | January 25, 2017 - 12:31 pm

Lists

The 40 Best Rap Albums Of 2016

The larger societal events of the past year had an interesting effect on rap music. Even more than usual, black Americans had to insist, as…
Tom Breihan | December 7, 2016 - 10:25 am

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The Year In LA Gangster Blues (And Reds)

2016 was quietly the year of the gangster, specifically the LA gangster of the red and blue varieties. ScHoolboy Q, Vince Staples, YG, and DJ…
Collin Robinson | December 6, 2016 - 1:43 pm

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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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Kodak Black Is Everything Great About Rap Music

A month ago, Broward County police arrested the 19-year-old Florida rapper Kodak Black after a high-speed chase. Police saw Kodak and a friend trying to…
Tom Breihan | June 15, 2016 - 12:11 pm

DJ Quik & Problem – “A New Nite” Video

For Rosecrans, the new collaborative EP that he made with fellow Compton rapper Problem, the West Coast production legend DJ Quik repurposed his classic 1991…
Tom Breihan | May 17, 2016 - 2:08 pm

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A$AP Ferg Makes Them Boys Go Loco

Some rappers only barely rap when they get onstage. Instead, they rip through the crowd, stagedive, bark along with hits that aren't even theirs. They…
Tom Breihan | April 27, 2016 - 12:20 pm

Stream DJ Quik & Problem Rosecrans EP

Everything DJ Quik does is worth a listen. The Compton rapper and producer has been making tricky, innovative, idiosyncratic knucklehead G-funk for over two decades,…
Tom Breihan | April 20, 2016 - 9:55 am

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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

Watch Young Thug, Killer Mike, Danny Brown, Pusha T, & Dozens More On 42-Minute Posse Cut “The Rap Monument”

Up until today, the Game's 13-minute, 25-rapper "One Blood" remix has been the final word in absurd, overlong rap posse cuts. But now Noisey &…
Tom Breihan | December 18, 2014 - 2:16 pm

Mike Will Made It Ransom Details

Mike WiLL Made It -- one of the most prevalent producers of this year and last -- is releasing his new mixtape, Ransom, next week…
James Rettig | December 10, 2014 - 7:08 pm
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