Y’all wanna hear something crazy? I’ve been writing this weekly pop column for five whole years now. It seems like just yesterday that I published the inaugural installment explaining why The Week In Pop would be a good addition to the Stereogum portfolio. As we approach the precipice of 2019, I’m fairly certain … More »
There was this rap-video cliché in the late ’90s. The rapper would jump out a window, with police chasing him. Or he’d be in a boat, with DEA chasing him. Or he’d be face-to-face with the sworn enemy that we met four minutes earlier. And these words would flash across the screen: “To be continued…” … More »
In recent weeks, we’ve seen a whole lot of big event albums from already-huge rappers. Some of them have been good! (Most of them have been bad.) But no matter how good those albums might be, they can’t really compete with what it sounds like when a young rapper starts to catch fire, when huge … More »
Lil Baby and Gunna changed the STD game because their piss is pure fire in “Drip Too Hard.” Bass beating up a thicc woofer. Tremulo guitar reverberating off ego eye makeup, a tinge. Vocals and lyrics sliming into the irony of how crisp the cadence be. A lavender do rag under a safety yellow do rag keeping even the stragglers tight. Natural shimmering. Tide is in. Edges are sharp barber tipped me.
All I been hearing is Lil Baby this- and Lil Baby that- and you can be too:
Fatimah Warner wasn’t a music person as a kid. In a recent FADER profile, we learn that she grew up with her grandparents and that music wasn’t that big of a presence in her life through most of her childhood. The rapper known as Noname didn’t fall into rap through the sort of … More »
“Service weapon in my face, all I could see was his lips chapped.” That’s billy woods, one half of the New York rap duo Armand Hammer, on “Dettol,” a song from their new album Paraffin. He’s rapping, in hard and dense clusters, over a staggered loop of strings and pianos, the kind you might hear … More »
Picture it. You’re getting into your late twenties, and you haven’t done shit. You’ve been abused, knocked around, ignored. You’ve tried releasing music, but it hasn’t gone anywhere. You’ve found yourself a little bit of a home in the underground rap scene, doing the calisthenic rap workouts that the Scribble Jam scene demands, but nobody … More »
Tyler, The Creator isn’t showing any signs of stopping the consistent stream of remixes he’s been dropping this summer.
He’s just shared “BRONCO,” which is his own smooth new take on Drake and Lil Baby’s Harder Than Ever single “Yes Indeed.” Tyler raps a mile minute on “BRONCO,” managing to fit in references to Ludacris, Busta Rhymes, Stevie Wonder and his cars in just 57 seconds.