Polo G – “Go Stupid” (Feat. Stunna 4 Vegas & NLE Choppa)

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Polo-G-Go-StupidThe young Chicago rapper Polo G has a rare gift for bluesy, melodic, mournful takes on his hometown’s drill sound. Last year’s Die A Legend, my favorite rap album of 2019, was a heavy piece of work that burst with thought and feeling. And yet Polo G can also flat-out rap when he … More »

Polo G & Lil Tjay – “First Place”

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Polo-G-First-PlaceLast year, two haunted young sing-rappers — Polo G, 21, from Chicago, and Lil Tjay, 17, from the Bronx — teamed up for a mournful, meditative song about showing up at your party to rob you. At least, that’s what the song was about on the surface. If you looked deeper, “Pop Out” had all … More »

The 10 Best Rap Albums Of 2019

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At the end of 2019, rap is the most popular form of music in America, and maybe in the entire world. We know this. The data bears it out. But one thing that the data doesn’t quite show is us that rap, like every other genre of music in our atomized age, is not a … More »

Stereogum’s 100 Favorite Songs Of 2019

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Stereogum's 90 Favorite Songs Of 2019Within the macro tradition that is year-end list season, we at Stereogum have carved out our own micro tradition: Every December, instead of publishing a staff list of the year’s best tracks, we present a bunch of personally selected top-10 lists from our staffers and contributors. So although our rundown of 2019’s bestMore »

The 50 Best Albums Of 2019

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For many of us, 2019 has been a year of flux — politically, culturally, professionally, personally. It’s hard to envision what the future might bring since the recent past has shown us that we don’t know half the things we thought we knew. In unsteady times, music can be a balm and also a mirror. 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 »

Don’t Take Gucci Mane For Granted

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Gucci-ManeGucci Mane didn’t name himself after a clothing designer. He named himself after his father. Ralph Dudley, a former serviceman turned drug dealer who wasn’t around much during his son’s childhood, was sometimes known as Gucci. Radric Davis, his son, was Gucci’s little man. That became Gucci Mane. It’s not a rap name. It’s a … More »

The 40 Best New Bands Of 2019

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Best-New-Bands-Artists-2019Every autumn here at Stereogum, we look long and hard at the last 12 months and pinpoint which new artists make us excited about the future of music. We then organize those artists into our annual Best New Bands list, celebrating what they’ve already accomplished and highlighting them as someone to keep an eye on … More »

Polo G – “Heartless” (Feat. Mustard) Video

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Polo-G-HeartlessA few months ago, the young Chicago rapper Polo G released Die A Legend, an absolutely mesmerizing debut album full of hypnotic melodies, half-sung murmur-threats, and bleak existential despair. It’s one of the best rap albums that anyone has made thus far in 2019. Die A Legend features one big hit — “Pop … More »

Mark Ronson’s New Breakup Album Is Really Good

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Mark RonsonWhere do you go after “Uptown Funk”? The only option is down — in Mark Ronson’s case, down in the dumps. More »