Comparing Shawn Mendes And James Bay, Guitar-Slinging Gods Of Young Adult Contempo

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Shawn Mendes: The AlbumShawn Mendes will finally exit his teen years this August, but you can’t take his youth away. So sang the suburban Toronto native Sunday at the Billboard Music Awards, alongside Khalid — another young pop star born in ’98 — and survivors from the Parkland shooting. The song, “Youth,” from Mendes’ self-titled album out tomorrow, … More »

Playboi Carti, Tee Grizzley, And The New Forms Of Rap Stardom

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When you’re an old man, sometimes it takes time to learn how to hear music — music that teenagers can understand immediately and instinctively. Case in point: Playboi Carti. Last year, the young Atlanta rapper released his hugely popular self-titled album, and I had no idea what to even think of it. It sounded like … More »

Stream Tee Grizzley’s new project ‘Activated’

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Tee pushes the button and activates with his new album, Activated. 18 new songs for the streets featuring high octane …

Kanye West Doesn’t Care About Rap Music

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Confession time: Until this past weekend, I was still excited about new Kanye West music. Still. After everything. This was — and is — directly in the middle of one of the most confusing and dispiriting spectacles I’ve seen in the decade-plus that writing about music has been my job. Kanye West had embraced Donald … More »

Tee Grizzley – “Don’t Even Trip” (Feat. Moneybagg Yo)

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Tee Grizzley, from Detroit, and Moneybagg Yo, from Memphis, are two of the best arguments that urgent, unpretentious street-rap remains relevant, both commercially and artistically. Both are currently punching their way toward stardom, and it’s cool to see them showing up on a track together. Tee Grizzley is getting ready to release a new full-length … More »

Tee Grizzley drops his “First Day Out” Remix featuring Meek Mill

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A year and change after its initial release, Tee G finally unleashes his official remix of his mega-smash “First Day …

Tee Grizzley – “Colors”

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A couple of months ago, the hard and urgent Detroit rapper Tee Grizzley, one of the great emerging artists of 2017, teamed up with the Chicago drill veteran Lil Durk for the impressive collaborative album Bloodas. Today, he’s followed up that album with a new solo single. “Colors” is as bracing and forceful as … More »

Lil Reese & Tee Grizzley join forces for “Ready 4 Real”

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From the D to the Chi, Reese and Grizzley have proved their brotherhood time and time again. In fact, they …

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, …