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 »

Coming To Terms With The Idea That Post Malone Is Good

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It was the Steve Austin podcast that did it. Once upon a time, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin was the greatest star that professional wrestling had ever known. These days, he hosts a rambling, perversely enjoyable podcast. Most of the time, it consists of Stone Cold having long conversations with old wrestling buddies about their road-trip … 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

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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 »

The Brain-Conquering Majesty Of Migos’ “Bad & Boujee”

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Migos - Bad And Boujee videoI’ve watched it over and over now. Dozens of times. Whenever I have a moment, or whenever I need a slight dopamine-rush pick-me-up. It never fails. It’s a quietly efficient little engine of delight: that quick one-minute video, posted a couple of weeks ago, of the Atlanta rap trio Migos on a nightclub stage in … More »

“Luke Cage” Star Mahershala Ali Goes Gangster In “Kicks”

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CHECK OUT THIS EXCLUSIVE WITH MAHERSHALA ALI!

STILL REVOLUTIONARY: De La Soul Expands On Hip-Hop As They Started – On Their Own Terms

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DE LA SOUL RETURNS!

Over-The-Top Superhero Melodrama The Get Down Gets Early Rap So Wrong And So Right

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The Get Down“You love to hear the story, again and again, of how it all got started way back when.” That was MC Shan on “The Bridge” in 1985, when rap, as a recorded form of music, was barely a half-decade old. Shan was rapping about the early hip-hop parties in Queensbridge, and it’s the line that … More »