This week, XXL Magazine released their annual Freshman List to much fanfare and the usual fighting. The magazine's biggest issue of the year, since 2008 the Freshman List has become an easy-to-follow guide to which new artists are making noise in the rap game, as well as an increasingly more accurat ... More >>
Here are the ten best concerts to check out around the city this weekend, in no particular order.
'Minor league rappers' get major
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 >>
Our look back at all things 2010 continues this week as we highlight some of the year's most overlooked tracks. In this edition: different shades of soul.
Our look back at all things 2010 continues this week as we highlight some of the year's most overlooked tracks. In this edition: club anthems.
Our look back at all things 2010 continues this week as we highlight some of the year's most overlooked tracks. In this edition: post-coffeeshop.
Our look back at all things 2010 continues this week as we highlight some of the year's most overlooked tracks. In this edition: gnarly rock.
Our look back at all things 2010 continues this week as we highlight some of the year's most overlooked tracks. In this edition: unheralded regional rap.
Our look back at all things 2010 continues this week as we highlight some of the year's most overlooked tracks. In this edition: songs from the gallery, more or less.
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 >>
Chirping Atlanta rapper OJ Da Juiceman has yelped his way into our heart somehow, whether by metronomic ay! or playful, rubber-band voice. He has a song talking about how the presidents on US currency are "his buddies"--he and Benjamin Franklin are "like Bert and Ernie," although no word on who's wh ... 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 Par ... 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 Boy ... More >>
In the week Will Oldham said getting cum out of a 13-year-old boy was "easy as hell," we watched Michael Steele throw the final bon mot into the bonfire of his own political career. Revlon somehow had the nerve to ask if Rihanna was an "appropriate spokesperson" for Covergirl, which, congratulations ... 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 >>
First "Drop," a completely gigantically absurd song, and now "Hataz," which sounds like Young Dro's titanic "Take Off" minus the goofy Yung L.A. verse. Rich Boy is currently the king of sounding like he's 1,000 feet tall. [Nah Right]
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 aftergl ... 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 >>
Credit: Rebecca Smeyne 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 rem ... 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 to ... More >>