The 40 Best New Bands Of 2019

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Best-New-Bands-Artists-2019Every autumn here at Stereogum, we look long and hard at the last 12 months and pinpoint which new artists make us excited about the future of music. We then organize those artists into our annual Best New Bands list, celebrating what they’ve already accomplished and highlighting them as someone to keep an eye on … More »

Get Kanye West Out Of Here

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Kanye-WestEveryone 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 into the Coachella campgrounds. Maybe they could’ve found someone selling coke. Maybe they could’ve happened upon a hungover massage circle, or a phone-charging station. Maybe they could’ve seen a horse. More »

It Might Be Time To Hang Up On Khalid

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Khalid“Rikki Don’t Lose That Number,” “Hanging On The Telephone,” “867-5309/Jenny” — pop music history is strewn with songs where the drama hinges on a phone call. Whether you’re a rapper from Houston, a semi-obscure German laptop-pop act, or a duo of chart-topping divas, … More »

Sigrid’s Debut Album Will Knock You Out

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SigridSometimes an album title is exactly right. More »

Blueface Charged With Felony Possession Of A Unregistered Handgun

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Rising Los Angeles rapper Blueface has been charged with felony gun possession, Pitchfork and The Blast report. The rapper, born Johnathan Porter, was arrested by the LAPD for carrying a loaded and unregistered handgun. The Blast reports that the rapper was arrested with two other men after approached by police while … More »

Blueface – “Thotiana (Remix)” (Feat. Cardi B) Video

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Blueface & Cardi BBlueface is a 22-year-old LA rapper whose offbeat flow has people questioning if he can actually rap. But even if he can’t, it doesn’t seem to be slowing him down any. He’s blowing up thanks to the viral success of songs like “Respect My Crypn” and “Thotiana,” a 2018 mixtape track that’s currently … More »

Blueface, G Herbo, & The Sudden Resurgence Of The Offbeat Flow

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BluefaceDoes Blueface know how to rap? As in: Is he even capable of it? That’s been the question that’s followed the 22-year-old LA rapper since he started blowing up a couple of months ago. This isn’t a question of people not liking Blueface’s rap style, or wondering why younger generations of rap always stick with … More »

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie’s Starmaking Mediocrity

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A-Boogie-Wit-Da-HoodieWe are deep into the identity-crisis era of New York rap, and something interesting has started to happen. For many years, after New York found that rap’s focus had wandered elsewhere, the city got surly and defiant. How could snap music/ringtone rap/trap/drill/jerk/whatever else be so commercially dominant? Didn’t real rap mean anything anymore? Then, around … More »