Brooklyn rapper Your Old Droog has been seriously churning out music this year. In April, he surprise released It Wasn’t Even Close. A second surprise-release album, Transportation, followed in June. And now, he’s back with another surprise drop and his third album of the year, Jewelry. More »
It’s always fun to hear unexpected new rapper team-ups. It’s especially fun when they’re team-ups you wouldn’t have expected, and especially especially fun when those team-ups turn out to make perfect sense. That’s the case with “Lookout,” the new track from Queens underground rap veteran Homeboy Sandman. More »
Right now, the Brooklyn rapper Your Old Droog is working at an extremely high level, and you would do well to pay attention. Droog, a Coney Island native with a raspy voice and an understated delivery, famously first showed up on the internet as a mysterious presence who reminded everyone of mid-’90s Nas. But since … More »
Your Old Droog dropped It Wasn’t Even Close two weeks ago, and I haven’t been the same since. First of all, it came out of nowhere; no lead up; no tease; just a smack to the face. Second, it fucking knocks. His lyricism has taken a leap into some sort of next level shit. He, I’m sure, would contest this… “Always been this nice, my dude.” Which is true, but It Wasn’t Even Close feels like it’s on some God tier shit. Like, I really haven’t listened to anything else since it came out.
And don’t even get me started on the production:
Tracks 1, 9, 10, 12, 13 – Sadhu Gold
Track 2 – V Don
Track 3 – Theravada
Track 4 – Daringer
Track 5 – Evidence
Track 6 – Tha God Fahim
Track 7 – Nephew Hesh
Track 8 – Mono En Stereo
Track 11 – Ohbliv
Fuck out of here with that list. Too good. Then, there’s the features: DOOM, Mach-Hommy, Lil Ugly Mane, Wiki, and Roc Marciano.
*Prayer Hands Emoji*
Soon to be released on vinyl and cassette (pre-order here), you can steam the album below while you wait for your copy to show up.
“No moshpit etiquette.” That was Rico Nasty giving instructions to anyone coming to her set at the second Coachella weekend earlier this month. That’s the kind of thing I used to hear from punk and metal frontmen who were trying to sound tough: “Don’t be a pussy! If somebody falls down, kick ’em!” It sounded … More »
Everyone should’ve known what was happening when they saw the socks. Everyone should’ve taken one look at the socks, turned right around, and tromped back into the Coachella campgrounds. Maybe they could’ve found someone selling coke. Maybe they could’ve happened upon a hungover massage circle, or a phone-charging station. Maybe they could’ve seen a horse. More »
Breaks With Tradition is a Stereogum column that examines a certain song that’s been frequently sampled and how that song has been used through the years. When songwriter/composer/pianist Galt MacDermot passed away last week one day shy of his 90th birthday, the people who memorialized him could be paired off into two distinct camps. More »