Blu & Oh No, Indie-Rap Survivors

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BluA decade ago, XXL did its best to figure out where rap was going. They’d tried it once before, spotlighting a bunch of rising street-rap stars — Lil Boosie, Young Dro, Saigon — on the cover of a 2007 issue. But 2009 was the beginning of the XXL Freshman class, a mostly-annual institution that’s come … More »

Quelle Chris – “Straight Shot” (Feat Cavalier, Bilal Salaam, Eldar Djangirov, & James Acaster)

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Brooklyn-via-Detroit rapper and producer Quelle Chris is getting ready to release his new LP, Guns. The album follows last year’s Everything’s Fine and features contributions from Jean Grae, Mach-Hommy, Denmark Vessey, and Bilal Salaam, among others. We’ve already heard its title track, and today he shares the next single, “Straight Shot” … More »