Nas Tammany Hall Tuesday, July 17 Better than: Listening to Nastradamus. "I don't even know how to start this shit..." lamented a young Nas right before presenting the most complete, most timeless rap album in historyand doing so his first time out of the gate. Illmatic was a lot to live u ... More >>
Hot 97 Summer Jam: Nicki Minaj, Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, J. Cole, Wale, Meek Mill, DJ Khaled, Waka Flocka, Trey Songz, Maino, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, French Montana, Mavado, Tyga, Slaughterhouse (and Nas and Lauryn Hill) MetLife Stadium Sunday, June 3 Better than: Seeing a Nicki Minaj concert. In an er ... More >>
Kreayshawn The Box Thursday, July 21 Better than: Not being in an air-conditioned room. Kreayshawnan Odd Future outlier and Lil' B acolytehas skyrocketed upwards since her arrival on May 16, 2011. In the immediate days after "Gucci Gucci" hit YouTube, she spent time in the studio wi ... More >>
"Queensbridge, y'all ready to see Nasty Nas?" Thus begins Nas' "Nasty," a return to form that justifies the answer to that question always being "Yes, duh!" With rugged, street-level bars about the finer things in life and being better than other rappers that recall his legendary post-Jay-Z battle ... More >>
"This guy's on the internet," says DJ Green Lantern, by way of introducing Atlanta's Pill--a curious diminution for a rapper whose best songs ("Trap Goin' Ham," or you know, "We Outside") are very much about being nowhere near anything like a computer. Anyway, it's not like being on the internet ... More >>
How the belligerent Brooklyn bad boys retain their pessimism, Obama notwithstanding
Lil Wayne, Q-Tip, and Remy Ma feed into hip-hop's endless musical reserves.
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