If you've listened to much urban radio lately, or even a little, you may have noticed that Lil Wayne and his Young Money Entertainment labelmates, particularly Drake and Nicki MInaj, are quite popular. You may have also noticed the same thing in 2011. And in 2010. And 2009. But perhaps nothing under ... More >>
If Noz and The Onion collaborated, they might come up with a scenario like this one: Gucci Mane and Selena Gomez star in a Harmony Korine-directed film alongside James Franco, whose character is loosely based on the little-known YouTube rapper Riff Raff. But, of course, this is the era of trollgaze, ... More >>
As traditions go, XXL's annual "Freshman Class" issue is neither all that time-honored or worthwhile. The magazine's been putting rappers it calls freshmen on its cover since 2008, but hasn't exactly been kingmaking or future forecasting in doing so: 2008's list featured Crooked I and Joell Ortiz, h ... More >>
To the list of goofy, outsized obsessions in the Grand Hustle camp, let us now officially add Polo--meaning the sport, the clothing you wear while you play the sport, and the heretofore unknown acronym that doubles as the title for Young Dro's forthcoming record, P.O.L.O. (Players Only Live Once). ... More >>
In the week we got ourselves a whole new look, we celebrated by staring David Lynch and Kate Moss directly in their awesome, newly expansive faces.
This was a bookish week at SOTC: Brian Evenson soundtracked his novel, Last Days, Jonathan Lethem reintroduced L.J. Davis and his walls of mucus in P ... More >>
Dissenting opinions aside, we enjoy Young Dro's Wayne's World-informed enthusiasm for the finer things in life, even when those things are Yung L.A. or three endless minutes of "Right Now (Na Na Na)". Who else would get this exited about some random sample? "Hey man--we got Big on the hook! Bad Bo ... More >>
We may well be the only people out there riding unconditionally for Young Dro and Yung LA's Black Boy White Boy, but we have our reasons. Call it Gosford Park trap music, or point out, as we once did, that "Woah" was basically what "Swagger Like Us" would've sounded like if those four dudes weren' ... More >>
In the week we said "My President is Black" in about fifteen different, ecstatic ways, we also crowned TV on the Radio victorious in the 36th Annual Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll. Poll editor Rob Harvilla let the world know once more that he wasn't Charles Aaron, then instant-messaged away in the after ... More >>
Doing his small part to form a more perfect post-racial America, next-gen Atlanta up-and-comer Young Dro is taking the fight to Cate Blanchett with his new mixtape Black Boy White Boy. The rapper's revolutionary philosophy of black dudes wearing scarves is set up nicely by the mixtape's cover: Dro ... More >>
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In the week we worked in this church, paid our penance, and gave our blood, Lil Wayne and Pharrell said "Yes." To which Young Dro and Yung LA responded, simply, "Woah." And Diddy wept.
TV season at Sound of the City has come (is it the cold weather?), and though The City re ... More >>
In the tradition of the Shop Boyz totally misreading white guitar culture to hilarious results, Young Dro & Yung LA's Black Boy White Boy would be amazing for no other reason than its front cover. Add "Woah," which is what "Swagger Like Us" would've sounded like if those four dudes weren't afraid ... More >>