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ZillaKami’s Reckless Nu-Metal Shock-Rap Is A Lot Of Fun

On Sunday night, Machine Gun Kelly headlined his first punk festival. “Punk festival” is probably a reductive thing to call Riot Fest, which started out as, like, Alkaline Trio and the Lawrence Arms playing some local bars and which is now a Lollapalooza-sized rock marathon, but it still seems like some kind of career landmark in Machine Gun Kelly’s deeply strange evolution from obnoxiously forgettable rap B-lister to obnoxiously omnipresent self-appointed paragon of all things rock. During his ...
Tags: Music, Wiki, Slipknot, Remy Ma, Status Ain't Hood, Mike, Kelly, Machine Gun Kelly, MGK, Alkaline Trio, Tokyo Jetz, Sada Baby, SosMula, ZillaKami, City Morgue, Bandgang Lonnie Bands

Baby Keem Makes His Move

In the movie Home Alone, an eight-year-old kid turns his house into a nightmare hellscape of inhuman-torture booby traps. This requires serious suspension of disbelief. If you’re a kid watching Home Alone, it’s a fantasy. If you’re an adult, you can’t help but notice that the booby traps are the work of set designers, stunt teams, and special-effects people. Kids can’t do all that on their own. Baby Keem’s whole story is a bit like that.
Tags: Music, Kendrick Lamar, Freddie Gibbs, Status Ain't Hood, Bronze Nazareth, Baby Keem, Duke Deuce, Fivio Foreign, Big Yavo

BabyTron Finds His Own Weird Little Lane

Event-rap can be fun, but it can be oppressive, too. Rap’s A-list megastars exist off in their own distant-imagination island, light years removed from the twists and mutations of the genre’s day-to-day existence. Drake and Kanye West clearly do everything in their power to stay on top of the zeitgeist, and it’s always fun to see a Fivio Foreign or a Westside Gunn get a chance to show out on a Kanye record. But guys like Drake and Kanye aren’t moving rap forward, and they haven’t moved rap forwa...
Tags: Music, Kanye West, Drake, Tyler The Creator, Kanye, Status Ain't Hood, Gunn, Dappy, MAXO KREAM, Big Sick, M24, ShittyBoyz, BabyTron, Rx Nephew, Young Slo-Be, Bla$ta

Rap’s Alpha-Dog Race Heats Up Again

“This year, the best story in rap — and the best story in music, and maybe the best story in popular culture in general — is the three-way dance that Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and Kanye West have been dancing.” I wrote that in this space in March 2015, more than six years ago. At the time, Drake was right in between If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late and What A Time To Be Alive. Kendrick Lamar had just released To Pimp A Butterfly. Kanye West was about a year away from The Life Of Pablo. It was a...
Tags: Music, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Big Sean, Hit-boy, Status Ain't Hood, Westside Gunn, Drake Kendrick Lamar, Boldy James, Icewear Vezzo, Sauce Walka, Lil Baby, Babyface Ray, Baby Keem, Sauce Twinz

Boldy James & Ka’s Majestic Psychedelic Rap Journeys

Boldy James and Ka are two very different artists. Boldy is from Detroit, Ka from Brooklyn. Boldy forges long-term creative partnerships with producers and peers, while Ka prefers to do just about everything on his own. Boldy raps in a disconnected snarl, alternately bragging and lamenting about his time in the drug game. Ka raps in an empathetic mutter, looking hard at the institutional racism and poverty that leads so many people to the drug game in the first place. If Google is correct, Ka is...
Tags: Google, Music, Detroit, Status Ain't Hood, The Alchemist, Ka, Roc Marciano, Boldy James, Money Man, Drakeo The Ruler, Flee Lord, Stove God Cook, Foolio, Clavish, Young Slo-Be, Brooklyn Boldy

Let Jadakiss Show You How To Do This

I thought I’d write about Nas this week. I thought maybe I’d write about the new Kanye West-produced Abstract Mindstate album, too. The parallels were too much to pass up. One one side: a rap deity, coming off of a Grammy win and a whole lot of spousal-abuse allegations, attempting to project composure and wisdom and national-treasure gravitas. On the other: a duo of long-retired dayjobbers suddenly bursting out of obscurity with a new album of Kanye West beats that might as well have been sitti...
Tags: Music, Nas, Kanye West, Juelz Santana, Status Ain't Hood, Dipset, Jim Jones, Jadakiss, Cam'Ron, Sheek Louch, Your Old Droog, Styles P, The LOX, Pink Siifu, Freaky Zekey, DaBoii

King Von & The Art Of Storytelling

A little less than two years ago, the Chicago rapper King Von started his career with this line: "Got a drop on this flexin' n***a, he from Tennessee/ I had a thot, she be with the shit, she told me where he be/ I said, 'For sure, baby let me know if you wanna eat'/ … More »
Tags: Music, Chicago, Tennessee, Kevin Gates, Status Ain't Hood, Lil Durk, Your Old Droog, Ghetts, Zack Fox, 38 Spesh, JR Writer, King Von, Fabo, King Von amp

Open Mike Eagle Somehow Made An Entertaining Divorce Album

On the second song on Anime, Trauma And Divorce, his bleak and personal new album, the indie-rap lifer Open Mike Eagle goes for a punchline and then immediately wonders what he was thinking. "Headass (Idiot Shinji)" is a song all about understanding that you're a self-sabotaging social lummox who can't seem to get … More »
Tags: Music, Status Ain't Hood, Open Mike Eagle, Homeboy Sandman, Junglepussy, Gangsta Boo, Sauce Walka, Payroll Giovanni, El Trainn, Bfb Da Packman, Hoodfly Jay, Hooligan Only, Sauce Woodwinnin, Headass Idiot Shinji

Backxwash’s Jagged, Metallic Rap Expressionism

"Oh, no! No! Please, God, help me!" That's Ozzy Osbourne howling on Black Sabbath's "Black Sabbath," from the album Black Sabbath. "Black Sabbath" is the first song from Sabbath's 1970 debut album, which means it's a big-bang moment for the entire existence of metal. On that song, Osbourne screams about being terrorized by a "big … More »
Tags: Music, Future, Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath, Status Ain't Hood, Osbourne, Lil Yachty, Quelle Chris, Sada Baby, Yella Beezy, Pap Chanel, Tha God Fahim, Black Sabbath Black Sabbath, 42 Dugg, Backxwash, Jay Nice

California Knows How To Party

When rappers pile up a little bit of money, they move to California. It's a smart thing to do. If you've got yourself and your family installed in a rented Calabasas McMansion, then you've effectively removed yourself from all the people back home who might want something from you. For someone like Polo G or … More »
Tags: Music, California, Juicy J, Status Ain't Hood, Calabasas, Plies, Cakes da Killa, SOB X RBE, Rucci, DaBoii, AllBlack, Sheff G, NLE Choppa, Tha God Fahim, Celly Ru, Hotboii

21 Savage & Metro Boomin Made A Movie

Morgan Freeman. Legend of stage and screen. Owner of one of the greatest contemplative-rumble voices ever captured. Capable of conveying warm, grandfatherly authority even at his grumpiest. Memphis native. Made his Broadway debut alongside Pearl Bailey and Cab Calloway in a 1968 production of Hello, Dolly! Got his start on the kids' public-TV show The … More »
Tags: Music, Yg, Broadway, Morgan Freeman, Lil Wayne, Memphis, Metro Boomin, Status Ain't Hood, Pearl Bailey, 21 Savage, Payroll Giovanni, AllBlack, Offset Jim, Rio Da Yung OG, RMC Mike, Billy Bank

Machine Gun Kelly Is A Punk Now, Apparently

It's hard to even know what to make of the video. Machine Gun Kelly, longtime rap-industry B-teamer, bunny-hops on one leg across the Interscope Records conference room table, playing air guitar and dangling freshly bleached hair down in his eyes. He's got on Chuck Taylors and ripped jeans and a flannel and a wallet chain. More »
Tags: Music, Status Ain't Hood, Travis Barker, Machine Gun Kelly, Interscope Records, Chuck Taylors, Royce Da 5'9, Boldy James, Hoodrich Pablo Juan, Willie The Kid, Icewear Vezzo, Z-Money, 14 Trapdoors, Billy Bank, Billy Essco

The Griselda Goon-Rap Renaissance

There's no Griselda Records starter pack, no canonical classic to lure you in. That's not how the Buffalo rap crew does business. Instead, there's a steady stream of content -- whole new albums showing up every week or two, offering more ancestrally brutalist head-nod street-rap, more granular talk about drug sales and bullet fragments, more … More »
Tags: Music, Action Bronson, Status Ain't Hood, Hologram, Conway, Meyhem Lauren, Westside Gunn, Boldy James, Griselda, Griselda Records, Benny the Butcher, Rucci, AzChike, Polo G, Bandgang Lonnie Bands, ShooterGang Kony

NBA YoungBoy Is A Bleak Rap Star For A Bleak World

The videos never stop. They're a constant stream, a deluge. As I'm writing this, the last one was three days ago. Cinematically, that video is nothing much. The imagery is static, even boring. It's NBA YoungBoy, riding a shopping cart through a supermarket, throwing boxes of Cinnamon Toast Crunch at the camera. It's NBA YoungBoy, … More »
Tags: Music, Nba, Status Ain't Hood, Aesop Rock, Shhh, Your Old Droog, Elucid, YoungBoy Never Broke Again, NBA YoungBoy, DaBoii, AllBlack, Cash Kidd, Tha God Fahim, Fielded, Rio Da Yung OG, Small Bills

A Guide To Big Sean’s Massive Detroit Showcase “Friday Night Cypher”

It's not really worthwhile to talk about whether Big Sean's new album Detroit 2 is any good. Honestly, you probably don't care. It's a Big Sean album, right? If you are predisposed to liking a Big Sean album, you will probably like it. If you think Big Sean is an irredeemable cornball, you will find … More »
Tags: Music, Eminem, Detroit, Big Sean, Status Ain't Hood, Frisco, Sean, Ramirez, JME, Skepta, Jammer, Royce Da 5'9, Shorty, Boldy James, Tee Grizzley, Kash Doll

24kGoldn Brings MySpace Emo To TikTok Rap

Way back in 2006, I spent two sweltering days in the Giants Stadium parking lot. The Bamboozle festival was happening, and I felt like I had to know. A whole new wave of MySpace emo bands was ascendent, and a great many of those bands were in that parking lot that weekend. It … More »
Tags: Music, Status Ain't Hood, Conway, Giants Stadium, Xavier Wulf, Benny the Butcher, Key Glock, Duke Deuce, 24kGoldn, King Critical, The Opioid Era, YG Teck

Nas Is Living Proof That Hero-Worship Is A Bad Idea

It's been a quiet decade for Nasir Jones. Just over 10 years separates Distant Relatives, Nas and Damian Marley's pretty decent collaborative album, and King's Disease, the LP that Nas released on Friday. In those 10 years, Nas released two albums: 2012's Life Is Good, a mature and reflective grown-man divorce album that … More »
Tags: Music, Nicki Minaj, Nas, Kelis, Hit-boy, Chief Keef, J. Cole, Status Ain't Hood, Stormzy, Damian Marley, DMX, Nasir Jones, The LOX, AJ Tracey, Bbymutha, DaBoii

Young Dolph Is Very Good At Rapping

Rap music creates cult heroes. It always has, and it always will. That's inherent in the way rap music works. The rappers who get famous are, by and large, people who came from massively disadvantaged backgrounds, who had to overcome every conceivable odd to find fame. Rap music depends on confidence and bravado, so it's … More »
Tags: Music, Naughty By Nature, Status Ain't Hood, Dolph, Young Dro, Young Dolph, Burna Boy, Sada Baby, Rio Da Yung OG, Louie Ray, DCG Bsavv, DCG Msavv, DCG Shun

Cardi B & Megan Thee Stallion’s “WAP” Is Good Music And Better Spectacle

The professional-asshole radio host sits upright in his office chair. He tilts his head to the side, and he scrunches up his eyebrows in mock shock. "There's some whores in this house," he bleats, his adenoidal voice cutting through the air. "There's some whores in this house." He reads through some song lyrics, substituting "p-word" … More »
Tags: Music, Cardi B, Status Ain't Hood, Megan, Cardi, Young Dolph, Benny the Butcher, Sada Baby, Lil Keed, Megan Thee Stallion, Armani Caesar, Backxwash, Baby Jungle, Camp Blood

Meet Australian TikTok Emo-Rapper The Kid Laroi, The Sad-Rap Silverchair

Silverchair was where I jumped off. I just couldn't do it anymore. When that band showed up, the entire idea of alternative rock, and of grunge in particular, just started to seem irredeemably corny. Less than a year after Kurt Cobain's death, alt-rock radio was suddenly in love with this little Australian kid -- 15 … More »
Tags: Music, Kurt Cobain, Status Ain't Hood, Mach Hommy, Silverchair, Bbymutha, Chasethemoney, Valee, Lil Baby, Lil Keed, Tha God Fahim, The Kid Laroi, Black Noi$e, Foolio, Sad Rap Silverchair

Boldy James Just Came Out With His Second 2020 Masterpiece

At the beginning of "Welcome To 76," over the dark and ominous hum of thriller-score strings, a deep and sonorous voice rings out: "In the metro Detroit area, there are thousands and thousands and thousands and thousands, and more about to join now." That voice belongs to the Electrifying Mojo, one of the great unsung … More »
Tags: Music, Detroit, Status Ain't Hood, Boldy James, Wifisfuneral, Ski Mask The Slump God, Sada Baby, Sheff G, Coi Leray, Sterling Toles, Eli Fross

Bfb Da Packman Is The Best Rapper

Bfb Da Packman has his legs planted wide and his chest all the way out, and he lifts a mop like it's a dumbbell. He's wearing flip-flops with socks, blue shorts covered in turtles, and a crewneck sweatshirt emblazoned with the phrase "HIV POSITIVE." He's running around the exterior of a low-rise apartment-building complex, dancing … More »
Tags: Music, Status Ain't Hood, Oddisee, Lil Yachty, Moneybagg Yo, Shoreline Mafia, AllBlack, Sada Baby, DaBaby, Bfb Da Packman, Bandgang Paid Will, Ralph Real

Jack Harlow Is Going To Be A Star, Whether Or Not He Ever Becomes A Great Rapper

When Jack Harlow was 12 years old, he decided that he wanted to become the best rapper in the world. He didn't know how he'd do it, so he went the natural route: He asked his mom what to do. Harlow's mother had just read Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers, so she told Harlow that he needed … More »
Tags: Music, Malcolm Gladwell, Snoop Dogg, Freddie Gibbs, Status Ain't Hood, The Alchemist, Harlow, Jack Harlow, Problem, Gt, Boldy James, Mulatto, SahBabii, Los, DaBaby, Babyface Ray

The Crushing Finality Of Pop Smoke’s Posthumous Album

It sounded like rupture. It sounded like chaos and disorder. It sounded like the earth opening up and swallowing you. This was the power of Pop Smoke's music when it first hit mass consciousness outside the greater New York area, something that happened maybe a year ago. Pop Smoke wasn't the first Brooklyn drill artist; … More »
Tags: Music, New York, Brooklyn, 50 Cent, Status Ain't Hood, Fabolous, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Shoreline Mafia, Saweetie, Akai Solo, Pop Smoke

Lil Baby & 42 Dugg’s “We Paid” Is The Summer Anthem We Need

It's been 14 years since Tom Cruise did the Yung Joc motorcycle dance. In the summer of 2006, Cruise was out on the promotional trail behind Mission: Impossible III, and he put in an appearance on the late, lamented BET video-countdown show 106 & Park. That day on the show, one of the big videos … More »
Tags: Music, Ad, The Godfather, Lil Wayne, Tom Cruise, Bet, Status Ain't Hood, Denzel Curry, Jack Harlow, Tory Lanez, Yung Joc, Germ, Steelz, Lil Baby, DaBaby, Guapdad 4000