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NBA YoungBoy Is A Bleak Rap Star For A Bleak World

The videos never stop. They're a constant stream, a deluge. As I'm writing this, the last one was three days ago. Cinematically, that video is…
Tom Breihan | September 16, 2020 - 12:53 pm

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Polo G And The New Chicago Blues

It sounds like a mantra, a Zen koan: "We pop out at your party, I'm with the gang / And it's gon' be a robbery,…
Tom Breihan | June 19, 2019 - 11:49 am

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Rico Nasty Is A Fucking Monster

"No moshpit etiquette." That was Rico Nasty giving instructions to anyone coming to her set at the second Coachella weekend earlier this month. That's the…
Tom Breihan | May 1, 2019 - 3:03 pm

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Stream Preservation’s Guest-Heavy New Album Eastern Medicine, Western Illness

The New York rap producer has been making music for a long time. He's collaborated with people like GZA, DOOM, and Yasiin Bey, and he's…
Tom Breihan | May 29, 2020 - 11:23 am

Stream Your Old Droog’s New Album Jewelry

Brooklyn rapper Your Old Droog has been seriously churning out music this year. In April, he surprise released It Wasn't Even Close. A second surprise-release…
Ryan Leas | December 23, 2019 - 12:24 pm

Homeboy Sandman – “Lookout” (Feat. Quelle Chris & Your Old Droog)

It's always fun to hear unexpected new rapper team-ups. It's especially fun when they're team-ups you wouldn't have expected, and especially especially fun when those…
Tom Breihan | October 8, 2019 - 2:33 pm

Stream Your Old Droog’s New Album Transportation

Right now, the Brooklyn rapper Your Old Droog is working at an extremely high level, and you would do well to pay attention. Droog, a…
Tom Breihan | June 14, 2019 - 12:35 pm

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Get Kanye West Out Of Here

Everyone should've known what was happening when they saw the socks. Everyone should've taken one look at the socks, turned right around, and tromped back…
Tom Breihan | April 24, 2019 - 1:16 pm

Breaks With Tradition

Breaks With Tradition: “Ripped Open By Metal Explosions”

When songwriter/composer/pianist Galt MacDermot passed away last week one day shy of his 90th birthday, the people who memorialized him could be paired off into…
Nate Patrin | December 24, 2018 - 11:09 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

Your Old Droog – “Cement 4’s” (Feat. Conway)

Coney Island rap fundamentalist Your Old Droog released his impressive Packs album last year. And today, he's come up with something fearsome, teaming with Buffalo…
Tom Breihan | January 11, 2018 - 4:06 pm


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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In Praise Of New York Dirtbag-Rap

August was supposed to be A$AP Mob's month. They built a whole campaign around it. They released three albums, and they gave the whole thing…
Tom Breihan | August 30, 2017 - 10:50 am

Your Old Droog – “Bangladesh” (Feat. Heems) Video

Punchline-drunk Brooklyn boom-bap revivalist Your Old Droog has shared a video for "Bangladesh," his song with Heems of Das Racist and Swet Shop Boys fame.
Chris DeVille | August 11, 2017 - 3:30 pm

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Let’s Talk About This Year’s XXL Freshmen

When XXL first started picking its rap freshmen a decade ago, none of them owed anything to the internet. Today, that's a tough thing to…
Tom Breihan | June 14, 2017 - 9:57 am
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