The Quick Atomization Of SOB x RBE

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SOB-x-RBE“It feels like they’re just getting started.” That’s something I wrote about the young Vallejo, California rap group SOB x RBE eight months ago. It turns out that they were really just getting finished. Eight months ago, SOB x RBE had enormous momentum behind them. They’d made “Paramedic!,” maybe the single best song … More »

SOB x RBE – “Made It”

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"Made It"Bay Area rap collective SOB x RBE may or may not be disbanding. In a since-deleted Instagram post on Wednesday, crew member Yhung T.O announced that the upcoming Gangin II — the sequel to this year’s Gangin, which we named one of the best albums of the year soMore »

SOB X RBE – “Vibes”

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SOB X RBE move fast. The Bay Area group’s Gangin has already made our Best Albums of 2018 So Far list, and today they’re announcing Gangin II. With the announcement comes new single “Vibes.” … More »

Nicki Minaj, A Titan Stuck On Autopilot

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Nicki-MinajBack in 2007, around the time she joined Lil Wayne on Young Money Records, Nicki Minaj released the mixtape track “Dreams (2007).” The concept was pretty simple. She was freestyling over the beat from the Notorious BIG’s “Dreams,” the one where he graphically fantasized about having sex with different R&B singers. Over that same beat, … More »

The 50 Best Albums Of 2018 So Far

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Have you ever talked to your parents about what it was like to live through the late ’60s? National leaders were gunned down right and left. Entire generations were asserting themselves loudly. War was erupting, and nobody seemed quite certain why. People were walking on the moon. Hippie cults were chopping people up. A few … More »

Drake’s 2018 Guest-Appearance Blitz: An Appreciation

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drake-and-lil-babyEventually, we’ll see the day when LeBron James is no longer the greatest basketball player in the world. He’s near the end of his 14th season in the NBA. Every other player from his historically packed draft class is either finished or close to it. And yet James is still playing some of the best … More »

Outside Lands reveals The Weeknd, ODESZA, DJ Snake, Jamie xx & more atop 2018 bill

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Outside Lands has revealed the 2018 lineup for its 11th installment in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park August 10-12.

Following a fervent 2017 edition of Gorillaz, The Who, and Metallica headlining, 2018 boasts a hefty onslaught of acts, and although the headliners see earlier appearances in the festival season  — The Weeknd at Coachella and Janet Jackson at both Panorama and FYF Fest  — the lineup remains rife with talent and excitement.

The Weeknd is set to perform, where he’s likely to play out his recent slew of new material which features the aid of Nicolas Jaar, Daft Punk‘s Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, and Gesaffelstein. Both Florence + The Machine and Janet Jackson front the bill with performances that will be nothing less than excellent and the lineup also promises a plethora of beloved dance acts. From ODESZA, Chromeo, and Claptone, to DJ Snake, Jamie xx, Tycho, CHVRCHES, James Blake, Gryffin, Lauv, and Whethan, Outside Lands is a music lover’s oeuvre in its late-summer installment.

More information and tickets, which are available starting at 10 a.m. PST April 5, can be found here.

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Stream SOB x RBE Gangin

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One of the highlights of the brand new Kendrick Lamar-curated compilation Black Panther: The Album, is “Paramedic!” a giddy burst of energy from the young Vallejo, California rap group SOB x RBE. SOB x RBE have been building their internet-level buzz for a while now, and so it’s great timing that Gangin, their debut … More »

Kendrick Lamar’s Black Panther And The Art Of The Corporate Crossover

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There’s a moment on “Opps,” a track from the Kendrick Lamar-curated compilation Black Panther: The Album, where the South African rapper Yugen Blakrok says, “Stand behind my own bars like a seasoned criminal / Gotham City streets, I’ll play the Riddler.” Except we don’t hear the word “Riddler”; all we hear is a prolonged beep. More »

Fredo Santana’s Story Was Darker Than We Knew

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There’s a small, select group of rappers who first got famous for being namechecked on other rappers’ songs; think 50 Cent saying that he’s going to tell us what Banks told him. Even on that small list, though, Fredo Santana stands out. The first that most of us heard of Fredo was also the first … More »