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Payroll Giovanni & Cardo’s Masterfully Controlled Throwback Rap

An interesting new wrinkle in rap history: Rappers don't sound like they're in control anymore. That sense of cool, of composure, has been a crucial…
Tom Breihan | February 7, 2018 - 12:18 pm

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Fredo Santana’s Story Was Darker Than We Knew

There's a small, select group of rappers who first got famous for being namechecked on other rappers' songs; think 50 Cent saying that he's going…
Tom Breihan | January 24, 2018 - 12:18 pm

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Maxo Kream Is A Great Rap Storyteller

It's one thing for a rapper to tell you he had a fucked-up childhood. It's entirely another for a rapper to describe, in minute and…
Tom Breihan | January 17, 2018 - 12:13 pm

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Stream Payroll Giovanni 4-1P

One of the strongest, most underrated rap albums of the year thus far is Big Bossin, Vol. 2, the full-length team-up between Detroit street-rap veteran…
Tom Breihan | June 4, 2018 - 10:47 am

Stream Payroll Giovanni & Cardo Big Bossin’ Vol. 2

Two years ago, Payroll Giovanni, the Detroit street-rap veteran and lead member of the local crew Doughboyz Cashout, teamed up with the Texan rap producer…
Tom Breihan | January 26, 2018 - 10:19 am

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Maxo Kream Is A Great Rap Storyteller

It's one thing for a rapper to tell you he had a fucked-up childhood. It's entirely another for a rapper to describe, in minute and…
Tom Breihan | January 17, 2018 - 12:13 pm

Payroll Giovanni & Cardo – “Mail Long” (Feat. E-40)

Back in 2016, Payroll Giovanni, the most visible member of the Detroit street-rap institution Doughboyz Cashout, teamed up with the gifted Texan producer for the…
Tom Breihan | January 12, 2018 - 11:15 am

2017 In Review

The 40 Best Rap Albums Of 2017

Streaming changed things. 2017 was the year that rap once again reaffirmed its stranglehold on the collective imagination of America's youth. Like the moment when…
Tom Breihan | December 11, 2017 - 2:20 pm

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Aminé Just Made One Of The Year’s Best Rap Albums

Is there anything better than seeing a one-hit wonder become something more? One-hit wonders are becoming more and more of a rarity; anyone can find…
Tom Breihan | August 2, 2017 - 12:22 pm

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Six Albums That Prove Underground Rap Is In A Great Place Right Now

This is a complete bullshit occurs-to-you-in-the-shower thought, but bear with me here: Trap music is our disco. It's our late-'10s equivalent of what was happening…
Tom Breihan | May 17, 2017 - 2:50 pm

Download Payroll Giovanni Payface Mixtape

Detroit rapper Payroll Giovanni is an absolute underground treasure, a flinty and hardnosed street-rapper who comes up with beautifully elaborate ways to talk about committing…
Tom Breihan | May 15, 2017 - 11:43 am

2016 In Review

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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Post Malone’s Codeine Dirtbag Blues

Near my house, there used to be a discount movie theater, a big strip-mall monstrosity that never drew any crowds. I took my son to…
Tom Breihan | May 18, 2016 - 1:38 pm

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Lil Wayne Is Lost In The Wilderness

As long as Soundscan has been keeping track of these things, only 20 albums have sold more than a million copies in the first week…
Tom Breihan | December 2, 2015 - 9:34 am