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 »

Stream The Alchemist Lunch Meats

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The Alchemist is a veteran rap producer who’s shown an admirable ability to adapt to the times and who has maintained alliances with both fellow ’90s old heads and with newer generations of underground stoner-rappers. He’s also a total workhorse who continues to crank out new music all the time. Earlier this year, he released … More »

Maxo Kream Is A Great Rap Storyteller

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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 granular detail, exactly why his childhood was so fucked-up. That’s what the Houston rapper Maxo Kream does on his 2017 single “Grannies.” On “Grannies,” Maxo raps about a period … More »

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

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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 hardhead champion Conway — who just released the excellent G.O.A.T. album — on a lurching, dusty banger called “Cement 4’s.” Over a neck-snap beat from producer Sadhudgold, Conway … More »

Album Of The Week: Conway G.O.A.T.

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It’s hard for me to understand how an album this good sneaks out into the world without anyone much noticing. For a solid year, the hardhead Buffalo rapper Conway has been talking up his new album G.O.A.T., calling it the best thing he’s ever done. In the time that he’s been touting the album, Conway … More »

Stream Conway G.O.A.T.

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Buffalo rapper Conway brought ’90s New York rap into the present with More Steroids in October, and with his latest, G.O.A.T, he proves its relevance once again. Menacing beats back songs like “TRUMP” and “DIE ON XMAS,” making them ring like apocalyptic anthems. Long-time collaborator Daringer helms the mixtape’s production with … More »

Prodigy – “Hardbody Karate” (Feat. Conway & Big Twins)

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Earlier this year, we lost the Mobb Deep member and Queens rap legend Prodigy. And today, on what would’ve been P’s 43rd birthday, we get to hear “Hardbody Karate,” an unreleased track that Prodigy released earlier this year. It’s a queasy, murky banger with a beat from producer Vanderslice and guest appearances from Buffalo … 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 »

Stream Conway More Steroids Mixtape

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Along with his brother Westside Gunn, the Buffalo rapper Conway has emerged as a leader in the realm of dusty, grimy, bloodthirsty throwback face-punch New York rap. Conway released his Reject On Steroids mixtape a few months ago, and now he’s followed it up with a new tape called More Steroids. The mixtape … More »