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The Griselda Goon-Rap Renaissance

There's no Griselda Records starter pack, no canonical classic to lure you in. That's not how the Buffalo rap crew does business. Instead, there's a…
Tom Breihan | September 23, 2020 - 11:18 am

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A Guide To Big Sean’s Massive Detroit Showcase “Friday Night Cypher”

It's not really worthwhile to talk about whether Big Sean's new album Detroit 2 is any good. Honestly, you probably don't care. It's a Big…
Tom Breihan | September 9, 2020 - 12:30 pm

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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

More Boldy James stories

Status Ain't Hood

A Guide To Big Sean’s Massive Detroit Showcase “Friday Night Cypher”

It's not really worthwhile to talk about whether Big Sean's new album Detroit 2 is any good. Honestly, you probably don't care. It's a Big…
Tom Breihan | September 9, 2020 - 12:30 pm

Big Sean – “Friday Night Cypher” (Feat. Tee Grizzley, Kash Doll, Cash Kidd, Payroll Giovanni, 42 Dugg, Boldy James, Drego, Sada Baby, Royce Da 5’9″, & Eminem)

Today, Big Sean releases his new album Detroit 2, the sequel to his 2012 mixtape Detroit. The new album is huge -- 21 songs, 74…
Tom Breihan | September 4, 2020 - 9:51 am

Big Sean’s Detroit 2 Features Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, Eminem, & More

Big Sean is releasing a new album, Detroit 2, at the end of the week, his first full-length since his pair of 2017 releases I
James Rettig | September 2, 2020 - 3:45 pm

Stream Boldy James’ Lovely, Desolate Griselda Debut The Versace Tape

One of the great stories in rap music this year is Boldy James, the hard-nosed and craggy voiced Detroit underground rapper who has hit some…
Tom Breihan | August 14, 2020 - 11:08 am

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

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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

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

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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
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