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Kari Faux Is Cool as Hell, So Is This '80s-Inspired Video

Kari Faux, a very cool young rapper from Little Rock, Arkansas, invokes Solid Gold and Soul Glo in this cheeky, soft-focus video for “Supplier,” a track so unbothered her flow sounds like it’s reclining with its feet up. This is the confidence that comes with knowing you’re so fly you don’t have to put forth any… » 8/12/15 7:00pm 8/12/15 7:00pm

Toronto Woman Protests Rapper Action Bronson's 'Violent Misogyny'

Action Bronson, a Queens rapper who’s found great popularity in the underground and released a major-label album in March, is being protested by a Toronto woman citing his “violent misogyny” and “history of recording music that brags about gang-raping and murdering women.” » 5/28/15 9:30am 5/28/15 9:30am

Watch A$AP Rocky Play Out a Zooted-Up Love Story in New 'L$D' Clip

A$AP Rocky’s new track “L$D” is pretty far outside his previously established oeuvre—he’s sung on tracks before, but this is something of a weeded torch ballad, a deeply contemplative and poetic track from the guy who once wrote an entire song around namedropping popular and obscure fashion labels. (“Fashion Killa,”… » 5/20/15 9:15pm 5/20/15 9:15pm

Meet K.A.A.N., A 24-Year-Old Maryland Brickmason Who Can Fucking Rap

A couple of weeks ago, I was trawling Soundcloud when I was abruptly paralyzed by something—a track with the fairly clumsy name of “Concealed the outro (fuck em rmx),” the last stop on a mixtape called (somewhat clumsily as well) Abstract Art, on the page of an essentially unknown rapper calling himself K.A.A.N. » 5/06/15 6:00pm 5/06/15 6:00pm

The Hip Hop Granny From The Wedding Singer Has Died At 101

Ellen Albertini Dow, the only reason to watch The Wedding Singer more than 10 times a year has laid down her last sick rhyme. The actress, who appeared on every show you’ve ever seen —including The Golden Girls, Hannah Montana, and Scrubs — died yesterday at age 101. She leaves behind not only the best performance in… » 5/05/15 3:40pm 5/05/15 3:40pm

Would You Vote for Waka Flocka for Prez? Cause He's Running (Kinda)

In case you missed the 13 million tweets (and probably texts) reminding you, yesterday was 420. For the occasion of the holiday of our lord (Lord von Weedman), one of the world’s most dedicated herbalists announced his candidacy for president. That man is Waka Flocka Flame. » 4/21/15 2:10pm 4/21/15 2:10pm

Mainstream Rap's Gay Future Is Upon Us

Last Saturday's edition of the New York Times featured a profile of the Atlanta rapper and singer ILoveMakonnen, who has become an unlikely budding star of sorts thanks to his off-kilter club jam "Tuesday." All the way down in the 24th paragraph of the story is a revelation that could count as a landmark moment for… » 4/08/15 4:15pm 4/08/15 4:15pm

Watch Kanye & Mom Donda Rapping 'Hey Mama' in Ancient Home Video

The intimacy of a home movie is unreplicable and, viewed in retrospect, home movies are as telling as any diary entry. (This is why they are used as an easy flashback device for so many movies about dramatic familial interchange and/or horrors.) They're a microscope where the nuances of boring, day-to-day living… » 4/08/15 11:50am 4/08/15 11:50am

Freedom Song: A Conversation About the State of Black Liberation Music

In the lyric pamphlet to Black Messiah, D'Angelo's third album after 14 years away from the spotlight, the soul-savant explains his reasoning behind its title and sudden release: "Some will jump to the conclusion that I am calling myself a Black Messiah," he begins. "For me the title is about all of us...It's about… » 3/25/15 4:34pm 3/25/15 4:34pm

Iggy Azalea Is Acting Like She Didn't Want a Grammy... Psshhh

Iggy Azalea did not win a Grammy as expected, rendering moot the irate Tumblr screed I wrote ahead of time like the Times prepares obits in advance, just in case. Iggy Azalea is now trying to convince us that she didn't even want the stupid Grammy, because "people already hate me enough." Well, true, but... we don't… » 3/05/15 6:30pm 3/05/15 6:30pm

TT The Artist, Baltimore's Finest, Toughens Up in New Video

The genre known as Baltimore club music remains one of America's greatest cultural inventions, thank you Baltimore for that, and B'more rapper TT the Artist is a key part of its freshest, most recent incarnation. In " Thug It Out," from the Art Royalty EP, she lobs bullet-powerful lyrics with the authority of a don… » 2/17/15 9:30pm 2/17/15 9:30pm

Rap and Lunchables: Fresh Off the Boat Does Asian American Kids Right

I felt an inexplicable feeling of blatant AzNxPrYdE the first time I saw the ad for Fresh Off the Boat in the Nassau Ave train station. It's like when Australian dudes literally shart after their country wins an international cricket match. It felt like a win for "us." It made me feel proud. I really wasn't sure how… » 2/05/15 11:10am 2/05/15 11:10am

Praise Your Toothy Vagina With Big Momma's New Video, 'Dentata'

Big Momma is a deeply talented firecracker of a native Floridian who raps like his life depends upon it, and ours. "Dentata," from his excellent 2014 release The Plague, is a message to all the hot boyz out there that his toothy vagine is gonna snap on dat, and it will not be one bit unpleasant. You can relate, no? » 1/09/15 4:30pm 1/09/15 4:30pm

Rick Ross Got a Cazal Face Tattoo, Discuss

Ricky Rozay decided that a good thing to do just before he turns 39 later this month was to get seven new face tattoos to add to the one already on his lower lip. That is all fine. The thing I have questions about is that, among his crown, crosses, and Maybach Music tats he has also inked the logo for Cazal, the… » 1/08/15 4:50pm 1/08/15 4:50pm