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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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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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Status Ain't Hood

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

Stream AzChike’s New Album Rich & Ratchet

Right now, the Los Angeles street-rap underground is absolutely exploding with creativity. Following the lead of currently-incarcerated scene pioneers Drakeo The Ruler and 03 Greedo,…
Tom Breihan | September 25, 2019 - 12:10 pm

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Blu & Oh No, Indie-Rap Survivors

A decade ago, XXL did its best to figure out where rap was going. They'd tried it once before, spotlighting a bunch of rising street-rap…
Tom Breihan | March 6, 2019 - 12:57 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

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Future Drifts Off Into A Pleasant Oblivion

There's a moment on Hoodie SZN, the new album from the young Bronx sing-rapper A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, where A Boogie delivers a few…
Tom Breihan | January 23, 2019 - 3:05 pm

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Lil Baby & Gunna Are The Best Rap Duo In Years

There was this rap-video cliché in the late '90s. The rapper would jump out a window, with police chasing him. Or he'd be in a…
Tom Breihan | October 10, 2018 - 11:32 am