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2013 Stories by Rajiv Jaswa

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  • Ty Dolla $ign

    published November 6, 2013

    Ty Dolla $ign sings, writes, and produces, has a premium pedigree (his dad was in Lakeside, of “Fantastic Voyage” fame), and is... More >>

  • Chance the Rapper

    published October 16, 2013

    Starting with the sunny, Sunday-morning harmonies that open “Good Ass Intro”, Chance the Rapper’s April mixtape, Acid... More >>

  • Black Moon+Talib Kweli

    published October 9, 2013

    Though this performance commemorates its 20-year existence, Black Moon’s canonical boom-bap rap album, Enta Da Stage, shouldn’t... More >>


    published April 24, 2013

    When Shabazz Palaces cryptically surfaced in 2009, their dense and recondite alloy of styles—inner-city griotry, Zimbabwean melodies, and... More >>


    published February 27, 2013

    By the end of 2012, French Montana had emerged as a quintessential figure of the reigning rap vogue, riding high on the (post-Coke) wave of his... More >>

  • Bodega Bamz

    published February 27, 2013

    On 2012’s Strictly 4 My P.A.P.I.Z., Spanish Harlem’s Bodega Bamz resurrected the dormant “Rap-o Clap-o” of his... More >>

  • Solange

    published February 13, 2013

    Though I share Solange’s enthusiasm for Craig David and Groove Theory, her recent tweets requesting the hiring of more “writers who... More >>

  • Rakim+Raekwoon

    published January 30, 2013

    Rakim is only two years older than Jay-Z yet from another era entirely, a time when raps could get you atop Mount Olympus but not seated next to... More >>

  • Bilal

    published January 30, 2013

    Over a decade ago, Mark Anthony Neal rightly called Bilal’s debut album a standout achievement in post-soul black pop and its singer a... More >>

  • M.O.P.+Smif-n-Wessun+Ka

    published January 30, 2013

    Today, the term “posse” describes even bloated legations of out-for-dolo Diplomats who reworked communal call-and-response routines... More >>

  • K. Michelle

    published January 30, 2013

    K. Michelle’s 2012 mixtape 0 F*cks Given detailed her piques and pains with a specificity and vocal dexterity befitting mentor R.... More >>

  • Freddie Gibbs

    published January 23, 2013

    In what Times critic Jon Caramanica has tagged rap’s “post-truth” era, Freddie Gibbs remains committed to the... More >>

  • Javelin+Guardian Alien+Life Size Maps

    published January 23, 2013

    Brooklyn-based avant-dance duo Javelin named their upcoming album Hi Beams “because the songs evoke to us a sense of sky, stars,... More >>

  • Antwon+Cities Aviv+Weekend Money

    published January 16, 2013

    Cities Aviv’s 2011 debut Digital Lows name-checked Mr. Bungle and had arty edges, but mostly delivered thoughtful trad raps—like... More >>

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