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Get Used To Lil Tjay

Reports of rap regionalism's death were greatly exaggerated. For decades, almost since its inception, rap was the most provincial form of popular American music --…
Tom Breihan | May 8, 2019 - 1:54 pm

Status Ain't Hood

Roc Marciano’s Album Is Worth Your $30

How much is music worth -- not a physical object associated with music, but music itself? The market has answered that question for us ruthlessly:…
Tom Breihan | March 7, 2018 - 12:41 pm

Status Ain't Hood

Status Ain’t Hood: How Is The Game Making Good Music In 2015?

When the Game released The Documentary just over a decade ago, it felt like the result of one of those bets that the uber-rich twins…
Tom Breihan | October 21, 2015 - 3:43 pm

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Stream Little Brother’s First Album In 9 Years, May The Lord Watch

The fiercely cult-beloved North Carolina rap trio Little Brother came together in 1998 in Durham, where all three members of the group were in college.
Tom Breihan | August 20, 2019 - 9:44 am

Open Mike Eagle – “Woke As Me” (Feat. Phonte) Video

The New Negroes is the brilliant new Comedy Central show that features stand-up bits from Baron Vaughn and Open Mike Eagle. Every episode ends with an original song,…
Keely Quinlan | May 2, 2019 - 12:27 pm

Stream Phonte No News Is Good News

The warm and conversational North Carolina rap elder statesman spent years bringing easy, unshowy skills and everyday wisdom as part of the group Little Brother.
Tom Breihan | March 2, 2018 - 10:47 am

Erykah Badu, Stevie Wonder, KING Appear On Miles Davis Tribute Album

Miles Ahead -- the Miles Davis biopic which Don Cheadle, wrote, directed, and stars in -- is quickly approaching its release on 4/1. The original…
Collin Robinson | March 9, 2016 - 6:05 pm

RJD2 – “Temperamental” (Feat. Phonte Coleman)

Though RJD2's first single for More Is Than Isn't (his first album in three years) was typically instrumental, we knew that there would be collaborations…
Miles Bowe | September 17, 2013 - 10:58 am

The Foreign Exchange – “Call It Home” / “Pity”

When Phonte, a member of the North Carolina rap group Little Brother, started working with the Dutch producer Nicolay more than a decade ago, the…
Tom Breihan | August 27, 2013 - 1:09 pm