Wiki’s Great Quarter-Life Crisis Rap Album

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Wiki“I shit you not,” Wiki admits to himself and to the world halfway through his new album Oofie. “There will be another kid to take my spot.” He says this like he’s some old gunslinger watching death creep up over the horizon. He is not that. Wiki is 26 years old. And yet … More »

Is A Rap American Idol Even Possible?

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Rhythm-And-FlowTwelve years ago, someone from MTV called me and asked me to come into their office. I went. I met Ashton Kutcher in the lobby. It was weird. More »

The Wu-Tang Clan’s New Hulu Show Is Beautiful Mythmaking

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Wu-Tang-An-American-SagaThere are many, many reasons why I love rap music. One of those reasons, I have learned, is this: At a young and formative age, I had my mind blown by superhero comics. Many rappers — most of the best rappers — present themselves as flesh-and-blood superheroes. (In this, rappers are like action-movie stars or … More »

Conway The Machine – “Bang” (Feat. Eminem)

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Conway - BangA couple of years ago, Eminem announced that he’d signed the bloodthirsty Buffalo rap brothers Westside Gunn and Conway to his Shady Records label. In 2017, Westside Gunn and Conway released “MachineGun Black,” a Just Blaze-produced track with an Eminem intro. Since then, though, both Westside Gunn and Conway have kept working like … More »

Benny The Butcher & Mach-Hommy, Keepers Of The East Coast Flame

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Benny-The-ButcherBuffalo is not New York City. It’s nowhere near New York City. It’s not even coastal. Buffalo is closer to Toronto or Cleveland than it is to NYC. And yet Buffalo is, at present, cranking out some of the best New York rap in recent memory. In the past few years, Westside Gunn and Conway, … More »

Meet Dave, The Post-Grime Future Of UK Rap

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DaveThe first rap music I ever loved was British. In 1988, when I was about to turn nine, my family moved to London for a year. (My dad, a history professor, was on sabbatical, trying to write a book that he never ended up finishing.) The UK had Top Of The Pops, which turned pop … More »

The Quick Atomization Of SOB x RBE

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SOB-x-RBE“It feels like they’re just getting started.” That’s something I wrote about the young Vallejo, California rap group SOB x RBE eight months ago. It turns out that they were really just getting finished. Eight months ago, SOB x RBE had enormous momentum behind them. They’d made “Paramedic!,” maybe the single best song … More »

Lil Wayne’s Triumphant Return

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Lil-WayneHere’s how I think about it: A new Tha Carter album is like a new Die Hard movie. We can’t expect it to be like the first three. We can’t even expect it to get close. That’s not realistic. Bruce Willis can’t jump off of buildings like that anymore. Maybe we don’t even want to … More »

Drake’s 2018 Guest-Appearance Blitz: An Appreciation

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drake-and-lil-babyEventually, we’ll see the day when LeBron James is no longer the greatest basketball player in the world. He’s near the end of his 14th season in the NBA. Every other player from his historically packed draft class is either finished or close to it. And yet James is still playing some of the best … More »

Stream Conway & Sonnyjim Death By Misadventure EP

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Conway-and-Sonnyjim-Death-By-MisadventureLate last year, the ridiculously hard Buffalo rapper Conway released G.O.A.T., an under-the-radar masterpiece of forbidding, merciless ’90s-style boom-bap. This year, Conway and his younger brother Westside Gunn have been hitting the festival circuit hard. And now Conway has teamed up with the UK rapper and producer Sonnyjim for a quick collaborative EP called … More »