A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie Fucking Sucks

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A-Boogie-Wit-Da-HoodieA note: Pop Smoke is dead. He was murdered this morning in Los Angeles. He was 20. Last week, this column was about Pop Smoke. He’s referenced in the column below. Pop Smoke’s death is obviously the biggest news in rap, and in popular culture in general, right now. I’m still … More »

Conway The Machine – “Sign Language”

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ConwayLast year, after years of waiting, the hard-as-hell Buffalo rap crew Griselda finally dropped their Shady Records debut WWCD. It was remarkable how little they’d changed. On WWCD, the three Griselda members — brothers Westside Gunn and Conway The Machine, as well as their cousin Benny The Butcher — rapped hard and violent … More »

Watch The Strange Spectacle Of Griselda Performing Hard-Ass Drug-Rap On Fallon

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Griselda-on-FallonLast year, the grimy and guttural Buffalo rap crew Griselda — the team of Westside Gunn, Conway The Machine, and Benny The Butcher — finally released the album WWCD, their long-awaited official debut for Eminem’s Shady Records. Remarkably, Griselda kept their old aesthetic perfectly intact. The album was nothing but nasty, ugly crime-life … More »

Griselda – “Dr Birds” Video (Dir. Hype Williams)

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Griselda-Dr-Birds-videoYou could make a strong argument that Hype Williams is the greatest music video director who has ever lived. He is, at the very least, top-five. With his clips for people like Biggie Smalls, 2PAc, Missy Elliott, and Busta Rhymes, Williams more or less figured out the visual presentation of rap music in the ’90s, … More »

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 »