We’ve Got A File On You: Bruce Hornsby

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Bruce-HornsbyWe’ve Got A File On You features interviews in which artists share the stories behind the extracurricular activities that dot their careers: acting gigs, guest appearances, random internet ephemera, etc. There are some legacy artists that exist in a funny place. They became famous off a couple hits once upon a time, they … More »

E-40 – “Chase The Money” (Feat. Quavo, Roddy Ricch, ScHoolboy Q, & ASAP Ferg) Video

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E-40-Chase-The-Money-videoBay Area rap legend and national treasure E-40 has been putting out albums since the early ’90s, and he remains a relentlessly prolific, inventive, and energetic presence within rap music. He raps better and harder than any 51-year-old man should be expected to rap, and he also commands more respect from about 10 … 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 »

Stream 2 Chainz’s New Album Rap Or Go To The League Featuring Kendrick Lamar, Ariana Grande, Travis Scott, & More

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2 Chainz2 Chainz first announced his new album Rap Or Go To The League, the follow-up to 2017’s Pretty Girls Like Trap Music, over a year ago. He did it in grand 2 Chainz fashion, by riding around in a giant blimp with the album title painted on it. Since then, he … More »

Trae Tha Truth – “I’m On 3.0″ Video (Feat. T.I., Dave East, Tee Grizzley, Royce Da 5’9″, Curren$y, DRAM, Snoop Dogg, Fabolous, Rick Ross, Chamillionaire, G Eazy, Styles P, E-40, Mark Morrison, & Gary Clark Jr.)

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Trae-Tha-Truth-Im-On-3-videoTrae Tha Truth is a well-regarded veteran of the Houston rap underground. He used to be half of the duo ABN — Assholes By Nature, great name — with his cousin Z-Ro. These days, he persistently cranks out muttery fast-rap jams and occasionally takes advantage of his considerable rap-world connections. Every so often, Trae rounds … More »

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 »