Stream Big K.R.I.T.’s Surprise EP Thrice X

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Big-KRIT-Thrice-XThe Mississippi rapper and producer Big K.R.I.T. has finished up his time in the major-label salt mines, and now he’s back to the point where he can just throw music into the world whenever he feels like it. Last year, K.R.I.T. came back with a massive self-released double album called 4Eva Is AMore »

J. Cole Wants, So Badly, To Be Rap’s Conscience

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“Life can bring much pain,” a woman tells us in the opening moments of KOD, the album that J. Cole released last Friday. She sounds studiously blank, like the computerized host of Midnight Marauders. She continues: “There are many ways to deal with this pain. Choose wisely.” Easy for her to say. In that … More »

The 40 Best Rap Albums Of 2017

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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 Billboard first started using Soundscan and inadvertently proved the massive popularity of N.W.A, the streaming services of the world showed just how powerful this music remains. Rap dominated streaming charts. More »

Big K.R.I.T. – “Ready For The Next”

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Just a few weeks ago, Big K.R.I.T. released the massive new independent double album 4Eva Is A Mighty Long Time, and he’s already got another new song. The strivers’ anthem “Ready for The Next” appears on the soundtrack to 89 Blocks, a new documentary about a champion high school football team from East St. More »

Maroon 5 And The Rock Band As A Pop Hit-Making Machine

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For well over a decade, Rivers Cuomo has been trying to turn Weezer into a pop band. Weezer have always played a kind of pop music, of course; their 1994 debut (“The Blue Album“) overflowed with weapons-grade catchy rock songs you can dance to, and even its aggressively blown-out follow-up Pinkerton followed suit. More »

Big K.R.I.T., Rapsody, Yelawolf, And The Changing Nature Of Southern Rap

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Big K.R.I.T. has always sounded like a throwback, but when we first met him, you could sound like a throwback and also sound like the future. Seven years ago, I interviewed an ascendent K.R.I.T., just after he released his breakout K.R.I.T. Wuz Here mixtape and just before he announced that he’d signed with … More »

The 21 Savage/Offset/Metro Boomin Album Is A Halloween Miracle

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21 Savage gets it. On the outro of “My Choppa Hate Niggas,” one of his solo tracks from the new 21 Savage/Offset/Metro Boomin collaborative album Without Warning, Savage mutters about horror movies: “Feel like Jason, Friday 13th / Hockey mask with the .223 / It’s a nightmare on Elm Street.” The Metro Boomin track … More »

Future And Young Thug Joined Forces, And The World Didn’t Change

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For me, the weirdest thing about Young Thug doing a full album with Future is that Young Thug has already done a whole album with a fake Future — and the album he made with the fake Future happens to be the best thing he’s ever done. In fairness, it’s probably reductive to call Rich … More »

Big K.R.I.T. – “Keep The Devil Off” Video

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The Mississippi rapper/producer Big K.R.I.T. has released a few mixtapes in the past few years, but he hasn’t come out with a new album since 2014’s Caddilactica. That’s about to change. After declaring his independence from Def Jam with the song “Free Agent” last year, K.R.I.T. will release the new 22-song double-album 4Eva … More »

Lupe Fiasco – “Tranquillo” Featuring Rick Ross and Big K.R.I.T.

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