The 40 Best Rap Albums Of 2017

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Streaming changed things. 2017 was the year that rap once again reaffirmed its stranglehold on the collective imagination of America’s youth. Like the moment when Billboard first started using Soundscan and inadvertently proved the massive popularity of N.W.A, the streaming services of the world showed just how powerful this music remains. Rap dominated streaming charts. More »

Big K.R.I.T., Rapsody, Yelawolf, And The Changing Nature Of Southern Rap

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Big K.R.I.T. has always sounded like a throwback, but when we first met him, you could sound like a throwback and also sound like the future. Seven years ago, I interviewed an ascendent K.R.I.T., just after he released his breakout K.R.I.T. Wuz Here mixtape and just before he announced that he’d signed with … More »

Dabrye – “The Appetite” (Feat. Roc Marciano, Quelle Chris, & Danny Brown)

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Early next year, the Ann Arbor producer Dabrye will release his new album Three/Three, and it’ll feature guest appearances from an impressive array of rappers, including Ghostface Killah, DOOM, Jonwayne, and Guilty Simpson. But the most impressive lineup appears on the song “The Appetite,” which features verses from hard-muttering Long Island auteur Roc Marciano, Detroit … More »

Six Albums That Prove Underground Rap Is In A Great Place Right Now

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This is a complete bullshit occurs-to-you-in-the-shower thought, but bear with me here: Trap music is our disco. It’s our late-’10s equivalent of what was happening in the late ’70s. Think about it: Trap is an absolutely dominant commercial force. It’s built around a very specific aesthetic blueprint, right down to its drum pattern, with skittering … More »

Six Albums That Prove Underground Rap Is In A Great Place Right Now

This post was originally published on this site

This is a complete bullshit occurs-to-you-in-the-shower thought, but bear with me here: Trap music is our disco. It’s our late-’10s equivalent of what was happening in the late ’70s. Think about it: Trap is an absolutely dominant commercial force. It’s built around a very specific aesthetic blueprint, right down to its drum pattern, with skittering … More »