Here's a hard truth that needs to be told and heard and understood: OutKast aren't getting back together. They just aren't. Stankonia, their last proper release as a bonafide duo, was 13 years ago. Andre is going to be Jimi Hendrix. Big Boi is making music with Phantogram and Wavves. They've moved o ... More >>
After a year in which her rep as a legitimate rap artist has been dented by an album that split its time between dense rhymes and enormous, danceable beats, America has suddenly decided to take Nicki Minaj seriously. And all it took was her bigging up rich white dude Mitt Romney on a verse over G.O. ... More >>
Welcome to Sound of the City's scouring of the many hip-hop songs that drop every week in hopes of finding a couple of songs that stand out. This week we managed to get our hands on three and three-quarters of themnot bad at all.
To supplement this year's Pazz & Jop launch, Sound of the City asked a few critics to expand on the reasonings behind their voting. This is from Nick Minichino, who voted specifically for Funkmaster Flex's premiere of Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Otis" this summer. That was the driving force of i ... More >>
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent. Bronx rhymebeast Fred The Godson is the only rapper representing the five boroughs on the cover of the XXL "Freshmen Of The Year" issue--and he's a hell of an ambassador. His rhyme style, a silky update ... More >>
The Berkley-based rapper Lil B plays the Highline Ballroom on Thursday; for curious New York gawkers, it's a chance to see the world's foremost proponent of a new movement you could kindly term train-wreck rappers -- those artists whose every youthful indiscretion, ill-advised comment, physic ... More >>
So much for 2009's "My Job," Cam'ron's non sequitur but nevertheless moving declaration of solidarity with the proletariat--"The way we look at it," the rapper says on his newest mixtape, Boss of All Bosses 2.5, "the working man's a sucker if you ain't making six digits or better." Further to ... More >>
Yes, these hip-hop shape-shifters are breaking up. Don't get sentimental about it.
Meet your undertaker: Fabolous.Following up on the genius conceit of Fabolous and DJ Drama's There Is No Competition 2: The Funeral Service, which is basically that Fab kills rappers, and Drama is his undertaker--"Fab got the morgue, and I got the mortuary!" (?!)--comes the video for the mixt ... More >>
Cameron Giles is no stranger to viral videos, of course: his poolside, boxer-shorts monologue at the height of the Cam'ron-50 Cent beef was the hilarious and much-watched first salvo in a war that leaned almost exclusively--to the major detriment of actual rapping--on the YouTube medium. So leave ... More >>
An ascendant Southern rapper tries out a few impressions
And this is not the cover of that mixtape. We'd tell you more but Vado is on literally every song and Vado makes us long for the days of 40 Cal and Purple City. You know you're having a bad 2009 when Yung LA is rapping better than you are. Cam: take less days off! Actual cover, tracklist, do ... More >>
SOTC favorite Yung LA--now a/k/a, awesomely, Lamborghini Leland--seems initially depressingly normalized on this new mixtape with DJ Drama, which comes in advance of next week's Futuristic Leland. Where is his squeaky baby-voice? His bragging about his fucked up hairstyle? But then come the epically ... More >>
R. Kelly hasn't tested out his commercial might much since his 2008 acquittal on child pornography charges--12 Play, the follow-up to 2007's Double Up, never came out--so the album-buying public has yet to get a chance to render a verdict on the continued viability of dude's career. But he has occ ... More >>
Say hello to the white (but not white-trash) rapper du jour
March 9th, always a black day. It was on this date in 1997 that Biggie Smalls was gunned down in LA, a murder that is unsolved and will probably remain so. By way of homage, a mixtape tribute by DJ Drama & Cookin' Soul is floating around today, featuring various rappers going in over flipped Biggie ... More >>
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Fighting music piracy via ominous blog comments and pre-written apologies
Major-label hip-hop records in burying-best-track shocker!