JPEGMAFIA Makes Some Anxious-Ass Rap Music

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JPEGMAFIA“Disappointed.” In the weeks leading up to the release of his new album All My Heroes Are Cornballs, JPEGMAFIA used that word over and over, like a mantra. He used that word onstage, in interviews, in video promos for the album itself. He used the word so much that I actually thought the … More »

SOB x RBE – “Legend”

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LegendAfter a meteoric rise in early 2018, the Bay Area rap crew SOB x RBE spent the rest of the year about to break up. But it seems they’ve weathered the storm, because now they’re back and stronger than ever. More »

Stream Hit-Boy & SOB X RBE’s Surprise Album Family Not A Group

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Hit-Boy & SOB X RBE - Family Not A GroupThe fate of the pleasingly chaotic Vallejo hip-hop crew SOB X RBE has been unclear for a while now, with internal conflicts threatening to send key members off into solo careers and ultimately sink the group. They sometimes seemed destined to shoot into ubiquity and self-destruct within the same calendar year. More »

Stream Marshmello & SOB X RBE’s New Roll The Dice EP

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Marshmello-and-SOB-x-RBEWhat are we going to do about Marshmello? The young Philadelphia dance producer seems like a joke: The name, the giant marshmallow on his head, the videos where he’s the teenager in a family that belongs to some kind of mysterious marshmallow-headed race. Marshmello seems like the kind of silly little joke that briefly infatuates … More »

Stereogum’s 90 Favorite Songs Of 2018

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Each December, in an effort to celebrate outstanding achievements and commemorate The Year That Was, the pop culture media industrial complex foists lots of lists upon the world. We here at Stereogum are party to that deluge; we shared our collective conclusions about 2018’s best albums a week ago and have been More »

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 »