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Boldy James Just Came Out With His Second 2020 Masterpiece

At the beginning of "Welcome To 76," over the dark and ominous hum of thriller-score strings, a deep and sonorous voice rings out: "In the…
Tom Breihan | July 29, 2020 - 11:41 am

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

Every week the Stereogum staff chooses the five best new songs of the week (the eligibility period begins and ends Thursdays right before midnight). This
Stereogum | July 24, 2020 - 4:45 pm

Status Ain't Hood

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

More Boldy James stories

Boldy James Announces Griselda Debut The Versace Tape, Out Next Week

The Detroit rapper Boldy James released his first mixtape almost a decade ago, but he's never had a year like he one that he's having…
Tom Breihan | August 6, 2020 - 12:14 pm

Conway The Machine – “Lemon” (Feat. Method Man)

All this year, the Buffalo rap crew Griselda has been on an absolute tear. Consider the work of the relentlessly cold Conway The Machine. Thus…
Tom Breihan | August 6, 2020 - 10:16 am

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

Every week the Stereogum staff chooses the five best new songs of the week (the eligibility period begins and ends Thursdays right before midnight). This
Stereogum | July 24, 2020 - 4:45 pm

Stream Boldy James & Sterling Toles’ Stunning Collaborative Jazz-Rap Album Manger On McNichols

Back in February, the hard-boiled and poetic Detroit rapper Boldy James teamed up with producer the Alchemist to release The Price Of Tea In China.
Tom Breihan | July 22, 2020 - 12:04 pm

Boldy James & The Alchemist – “Pots And Pans” (Feat. The Cool Kids & Shorty K)

There's at least some chance that Freddie Gibbs and the Alchemist's Alfredo, while excellent, isn't the best Alchemist-produced rap album to come out in 2020.
Tom Breihan | July 8, 2020 - 12:17 pm

Album List

The 50 Best Albums Of 2020 So Far

You've seen the memes. It's only been five months and 2020 has already been a historical shitshow of a year. Thousands and thousands died while…
Stereogum | June 10, 2020 - 9:30 am

Watch Boldy James Freestyle With Kenny Beats & The Alchemist

If you ever get a chance to hang out in a room with two or more rap producers, do that immediately. Do not hesitate. It's…
Tom Breihan | March 6, 2020 - 4:38 pm

Status Ain't Hood

Boldy James & The Alchemist Made A Hard-Hearted, Cold-Blooded Rap Masterwork

Less than 30 seconds into his new album, the Detroit rapper Boldy James murmurs the kind of line that can rattle around in your head…
Tom Breihan | February 26, 2020 - 12:20 pm

Boldy James – “Surf & Turf” (Feat. Vince Staples) Video

The Detroit rapper Boldy James has been making stark, dead-eyed street-life music for a long time now; we put him in our old Mixtape Of
Tom Breihan | February 25, 2020 - 12:00 pm

Status Ain't Hood

Drake’s 2018 Guest-Appearance Blitz: An Appreciation

Eventually, we'll see the day when LeBron James is no longer the greatest basketball player in the world. He's near the end of his 14th…
Tom Breihan | May 23, 2018 - 11:16 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

Boldy James – “Take What’s Ours” Video (Feat. Logic & Aaron Williams)

A few weeks ago, we gave Mixtape Of The Week to Consignment, the latest bit of sprawling, muttery classicist head-knock rap from Detroit MC Boldy…
Tom Breihan | March 30, 2012 - 12:02 pm

Mixtape Of The Week

Mixtape Of The Week: Boldy James Consignment

Last week in this space, I wrote that something really incredible would have to come along to keep Boldy James from getting Mixtape Of The…
Tom Breihan | March 7, 2012 - 2:09 pm