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 »

Check out Lil Durk & Tee Grizzley’s “Flyers Up” video

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Directed by Jerry Production FACTS: I did shows with boy Tee Grizzley and Lil Durk in 2017. One in Chicago, …

Stream Tee Grizzley & Lil Durk Bloodas

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We are currently living through a new boom in collaborative rap albums, but very few of those albums show the the kind of chemistry that Midwestern tough guys Tee Grizzley and Lil Durk bring to their new team-up Bloodas. Tee Grizzley, the urgent and breathless street-rap newcomer from Detroit, and Lil Durk, the melodic … More »

Lil Durk & Tee Grizzley unite the Midwest on their new album ‘Bloodas’

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From Detroit to Chicago, it’s all the same. Different zip codes, but similar tales. Today, these two fast friends, Lil …

Chief Keef Thrives In Exile

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Chief Keef can’t go back to Chicago. The rapper has outstanding warrants in his hometown, but the authorities in Chicago have enmities against Keef that go deeper than that. Back when he still lived in Chicago, before he relocated to Los Angeles, Keef was effectively banned from performing in his own town; I’ve got friends … More »

Tee Grizzley & Lil Durk connect for “What Yo City Like”

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As we wait on Tee and Durk’s collaborative album, Bloodas, to drop on December 8th, the newly formed duo give …

Tee Grizzly & Lil Durk – “What Yo City Like”

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Tee Grizzley is a young Detroit rapper with a bracing, forceful style; he broke out earlier this year with the My Moment mixtape. Lil Durk, meanwhile, is a Chicago rapper who came out with his city’s drill wave in 2012 and who has survived the various shifts in Chicago rap since then; he released … More »

Tee Grizzley joins Jeezy on “Cold Summer”

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As you probably know, Jizzle is huge in the D. Has been for years. In fact, there was some chart …

Hoodrich Pablo Juan Should Be Atlanta’s Next Up

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Rap is moving fast these days. Right now, the zeitgeist seems to belong to a loose crew of anarchic, face-tatted South Florida kids, 90-pound rappers who incite massive mosh pits and dye their dreads pink and, way too often, get hit with troubling charges of violence against women. The wave is harsh, buzzing lo-fi beats … More »

Tee Grizzley – “Win”

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The Detroit rapper Tee Grizzley has been in the public eye for less than a year. Last November, he posted his urgent post-prison missive “First Day Out” on YouTube, and he followed that up with his My Moment mixtape in spring. But Tee has already become a symbol of the sort of … More »