Nicki Minaj Is Feeling The Pressure

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It should not be this way. There should be more than one woman within rap’s A-list at a time, and the women within rap’s A-list should be able to peacefully coexist. They should be able to record with each other, tour with each other, be friends with each other. But it has never been this … More »

Stream The Alchemist Lunch Meats

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The Alchemist is a veteran rap producer who’s shown an admirable ability to adapt to the times and who has maintained alliances with both fellow ’90s old heads and with newer generations of underground stoner-rappers. He’s also a total workhorse who continues to crank out new music all the time. Earlier this year, he released … More »

Roc Marciano – “The Sauce/Corniche” (Feat. Action Bronson) Video

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Late last month, Roc Marciano, the Long Island rap veteran who has made a career of turning old-school New York rap into tense and woozy atmospheric music, released a new album called RR2: The Bitter Dose. Right now, the album isn’t streaming anywhere, and it’s only available by paying $30 directly to the man … More »

Roc Marciano’s Album Is Worth Your $30

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How much is music worth — not a physical object associated with music, but music itself? The market has answered that question for us ruthlessly: Music is worth $10 a month, plus whatever your smartphone plan costs. Maybe it won’t be that way forever. Maybe the various digital companies in charge of streaming music to … More »

Roc Marciano’s RR2: The Bitter Dose Is Out Now, But You Can’t Stream It

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Last year, Roc Mariciano, the veteran New York rapper and producer, released a truly great album called Rosebudd’s Revenge. Roc Marci is an expert and clever and intricately worded shit-talk, and his sound — a muffled and zoned-out take on classic New York boom-bap — has proven vastly influential on a whole lot of … More »

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 »