Vince Staples – “FUN!” Video

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Vince-Staples-Fun-videoLast night, with only a few hours of advance notice, Vince Staples released his new album FM!. It’s a short, hard, focused piece of work, with a whole lot of production from SoundCloud-rap baron Kenny Beats and a few uncredited big-name guests. And this morning, Staples has followed the release up … More »

Is Danny Brown’s Twitch Stream The Future Of Mixtapes?

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Danny-BrownYBN Nahmir is an 18-year-old rapper who comes from Alabama, lives in Los Angeles, and sounds like he’s from the Bay Area. He’s good, and he’s going places. Nahmir’s career started about a year ago when the video for his song “Rubbin Off The Paint” went viral. But he doesn’t credit that song with his … More »

E-40 – “Ain’t Talking Bout Nothin” (Feat. G Perico & Vince Staples) Video

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E-40-Aint-Talking-Bout-Nothin-videoThe Bay Area rap giant E-40 has been ahead of the curve for something like 25 years, which is simply staggering. He’s been a regional giant, an inventor of slang, a flow pioneer, and a chameleon, able to latch onto new sounds with a fluidity that basically nobody from his generation can equal. And he … More »

Nicki Minaj, A Titan Stuck On Autopilot

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Nicki-MinajBack in 2007, around the time she joined Lil Wayne on Young Money Records, Nicki Minaj released the mixtape track “Dreams (2007).” The concept was pretty simple. She was freestyling over the beat from the Notorious BIG’s “Dreams,” the one where he graphically fantasized about having sex with different R&B singers. Over that same beat, … More »

Kanye West Doesn’t Care About Rap Music

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Confession time: Until this past weekend, I was still excited about new Kanye West music. Still. After everything. This was — and is — directly in the middle of one of the most confusing and dispiriting spectacles I’ve seen in the decade-plus that writing about music has been my job. Kanye West had embraced Donald … More »

Meet Me In The Middle: Country Music’s Latest Wave Of Aspiring Pop Stars Has Arrived

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There is pulling a Taylor Swift, and then there’s pulling a Taylor Swift. Of the handful of country musicians who’ve briefly gotten a foothold in the pop mainstream — a list that in the past couple decades has included Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, LeAnn Rimes, Shania Twain, Lonestar, Lady Antebellum, and Carrie Underwood among others … 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 »

Payroll Giovanni & Cardo – “Mail Long” (Feat. E-40)

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Back in 2016, Payroll Giovanni, the most visible member of the Detroit street-rap institution Doughboyz Cashout, teamed up with the gifted Texan producer for the collaborative mixtape Big Bossin, Vol. 1, a ridiculously solid piece of crisp, precise, nasty rap music that called back on the classic West Coast G-funk of the ’90s. More »

TDE Announces Christmas Concert & Toy Drive With Rihanna, E-40

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TDE — the label and crew behind Kendrick Lamar, SZA, and Schoolboy Q — is one of of the all-time great winning streaks in music, and maybe all their good karma has something to do with it. Every year, right around Christmas, the label throws a massive concert and toy drive in a disadvantaged area … More »

Ryan Hemsworth collaborates with E-40 & Yakki for ‘Hunnid’

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Canadian bass specialist Ryan Hemsworth has kept his head down in the studio, fashioning a number of memorable pieces for his repertoire that have earned him a good deal of respect within his arena. His tireless work has officially paid off, as he recently was recruited to collaborate with star rapper E-40 and Yakki for an original single which they’ve dubbed “Hunnid.”

Contemporary to its core, Hemsworth laid down a pungent, yet minimal foundation for the piece so that its vocalists could shine. Yakki’s auto-tuned lyrics are boosted by trap rhythms and deep, vibrating bass, while E-40 shines in the second half with smooth verses. The three prove to be a solid team, with a potential radio hit on their hands.

 

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