The Wild Ride Of Rap Music In The ’10s

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Drake-and-Future“From doing records from sampling, I started learning the science about what happened to soul music,” the Alchemist told me 13 years ago. One evening, at New York’s Baseline Studios, I sat in a backroom full of ancient, dusty records, and I listened to the Alchemist and Just Blaze talk about disco. The … More »

The 200 Best Songs Of The 2010s

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When this decade began, MP3s still reigned supreme. Now, at the end of it, a song is no longer even a file — it’s ephemera, on every streaming service and available to hear in myriad ways. For better and worse, the song (and the single) have become the norm for the general public’s music consumption. More »

Stream Young Thug’s New Album So Much Fun

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Young Thug - So Much FunIt’s unclear whether Young Thug ever released an official debut album. Way back in 2013 he was teasing HY!£UN35, a project that has yet to materialize and probably never will. Since then he’s delivered a bounty of full-length projects, including massively influential titles like 2014’s Rich Gang: Tha Tour Part 1 alongside Rich … More »

Rosalía Is Becoming Earth’s Most Exciting Pop Star

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RosalíaAt this late date it’s rare to encounter music that truly sounds like nothing else, but El Mal Querer pulled it off last year. The Catalonian singer Rosalía’s second album was truly unique, alchemizing traditional flamenco with futuristic R&B in a manner that felt both natural and visionary. Palmas that hit like accented … More »

Watch Lil Uzi Vert Run Away From Nardwuar Again

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Last December, video interviewer and beloved weirdo Nardwuar talked to Lil Uzi Vert, and it did not go well. Uzi wasn’t merely unamused by Nardwuar’s in-depth knowledge of his early career and interests, as some interviewees have been in the past, Uzi was straight-up spooked. Triggered by the mention … More »

Stream Young Nudy & Pi’erre Bourne’s New Album Sli’merre

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Young Nudy is a rapper who also happens to be cousins with 21 Savage. (He was the target of the investigation that would end up getting 21 Savage detained earlier this year.) Shortly after being released on bond earlier this year, the Atlanta rapper released a mixtape, Faded In The Booth, … More »

Lil Uzi Vert – “That’s A Rack” & “Sanguine Paradise”

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Lil Uzi Vert has been maintaining the hype surrounding his long-awaited sophomore album, Eternal Atake. Two weeks ago, he released a loose single called “Free Uzi,” but it was taken down due to copyright issues regarding the song’s G Herbo sample. Today, he shares two new tracks, “That’s A Rack” and “Sanguine Paradise,” … More »

Lil Uzi Vert – “Free Uzi”

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Back in January, Lil Uzi Vert said that he was quitting music. Well, he didn’t! The Philly rapper recently joined JAY-Z’s Roc Nation following a dispute with his record label Generation Now, who he claims have prevented him from releasing his much-anticipated sophomore album, Eternal Atake. Today, he shares a new single called … More »

Lil Uzi Vert Says He’s Quitting Music

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Lil Uzi VertLil Uzi Vert says that he’s quitting music. Variety reports that the rapper made the announcement in a post on his Instagram Story last night. “I wanna take the time out to say I thank each and every one of my supports but I’m done with music I deleted everything I … More »

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie’s Starmaking Mediocrity

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A-Boogie-Wit-Da-HoodieWe are deep into the identity-crisis era of New York rap, and something interesting has started to happen. For many years, after New York found that rap’s focus had wandered elsewhere, the city got surly and defiant. How could snap music/ringtone rap/trap/drill/jerk/whatever else be so commercially dominant? Didn’t real rap mean anything anymore? Then, around … More »