Watch The Strange Spectacle Of Griselda Performing Hard-Ass Drug-Rap On Fallon

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Griselda-on-FallonLast year, the grimy and guttural Buffalo rap crew Griselda — the team of Westside Gunn, Conway The Machine, and Benny The Butcher — finally released the album WWCD, their long-awaited official debut for Eminem’s Shady Records. Remarkably, Griselda kept their old aesthetic perfectly intact. The album was nothing but nasty, ugly crime-life … More »

Griselda – “Dr Birds” Video (Dir. Hype Williams)

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Griselda-Dr-Birds-videoYou could make a strong argument that Hype Williams is the greatest music video director who has ever lived. He is, at the very least, top-five. With his clips for people like Biggie Smalls, 2PAc, Missy Elliott, and Busta Rhymes, Williams more or less figured out the visual presentation of rap music in the ’90s, … More »

Wiki’s Great Quarter-Life Crisis Rap Album

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Wiki“I shit you not,” Wiki admits to himself and to the world halfway through his new album Oofie. “There will be another kid to take my spot.” He says this like he’s some old gunslinger watching death creep up over the horizon. He is not that. Wiki is 26 years old. And yet … More »

The Wu-Tang Clan’s New Hulu Show Is Beautiful Mythmaking

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Wu-Tang-An-American-SagaThere are many, many reasons why I love rap music. One of those reasons, I have learned, is this: At a young and formative age, I had my mind blown by superhero comics. Many rappers — most of the best rappers — present themselves as flesh-and-blood superheroes. (In this, rappers are like action-movie stars or … More »

J. Cole’s All-Star Dreamville Rap Camp Makes Beautiful Chaos

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DreamvilleThere have been rap camps before. In the sessions for his album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye West famously flew basically all the artists he liked out to Hawaii, hung a “What would Mobb Deep Do?” sign on the studio wall, and tried to figure out whether he could create any magic. He could. More »

J. Cole Is Going For It

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J-ColeJ. Cole really tried it. A week and a half ago, J. Cole was at the NBA Slam-Dunk Contest to serve as a human prop — like Dwight Howard’s Superman cape, or Blake Griffin’s Kia, or Donovan Mitchell’s Kevin Hart. The runner-up in this year’s Dunk Contest was Knicks guard Dennis Smith, Jr. 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 »

Lil Wayne’s Triumphant Return

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Lil-WayneHere’s how I think about it: A new Tha Carter album is like a new Die Hard movie. We can’t expect it to be like the first three. We can’t even expect it to get close. That’s not realistic. Bruce Willis can’t jump off of buildings like that anymore. Maybe we don’t even want to … More »

Watch: V Don – “London Fog (Feat. Westside Gunn)”

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NYC producer V Don has been opening up veins with his beats for years, so it’s no surprise “London Fog (Feat. Westside Gunn)” is yet another fix to be had. Grimy, sparse, and perfect for Gunn’s nasal gangster flow — shit is a repeater for sure. With animation by Dead Hippie, the video’s a hook too. All around good work, guys! Great job!

Side note, kinda crazy we here at TMT haven’t covered Westside Gunn before. I mean, he put out one of this year’s best albums. Yo Sammy D… where were you at on this one? Dollar bin diggin?

Rico Nasty Is The Best Thing About SoundCloud Rap Right Now

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Rico-NastyIn a vacuum, the loosely connected movement known as SoundCloud rap would be one of the most exciting things to happen in music in a long time. Here we have a genuine explosion of youthful excitement, a generational insurgency that’s throwing out whatever received wisdom it’s been handed down from older folks. It’s fast and … More »