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Freshman Orientation, 2014

May 8th, 2014


The latest XXL Freshman List was announced earlier this week and by now I don’t have to tell you that this is most important thing that can happen in hip hop. It’s more important than Jay-Z selling you something and more important than Nas fondly reminiscing on the days when he could still sell you something. It might even more important than Kanye West going on a field trip or two rappers you’ve only ever heard of via Twitter bickering on Twitter. And most certainly this announcement is more important than all of the rap music ever released including both “Top Billin'” and “True Fuschnick.” Read more…

Recent Adds 1/14

January 30th, 2014

Recent Adds is an old series from an old internet blog where we check in with what is bubbling along the bottoms of various terrestrial radio charts. And by we I mean me but I guess also you. The point is that there is an entire world of rap music that exists outside of your Tumblr dashboard and some of it doesn’t suck. Read more…

Best Rap, 2013

December 16th, 2013

It’s 2013 and rappers are still making rap songs. Here are some of them. Read more…

Best Rap, 2012

December 14th, 2012

Here is some rap music from 2012. I think it’s the best rap music from 2012 but you might be inclined to disagree. Especially if you are the sort of person who is wrong. Read more…

New Rap Music

November 21st, 2012

I am doing this again now. Sometimes. Shouts out to Jimmy Pitchfork and Jaron Lanier.

Joey Badass f/ Ab-Soul – “Enter The Void”

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from Waves single (Cinematic, 2012)

I’ve already said my piece about Joey Badass and it’s not the word to play but here his new jack old head style is stripped of its borrowed aesthetic and left butt naked next to the most underrated retired keystyler in the TDE camp. Joey was even kind or foolish enough to let Soul rap first here. And rap he does. It’s always great to hear him spitting about chakras and shamen, especially if you are like me and keep an Abstract Rude poster hidden behind your Gucci Mane poster like that Bo Derek shit concealed by a Rand McNally world map in a 1970s jail cell. (∞ NHJIC) But more than that he just sounds great while saying these words over this sort of low bitrate blaxpo tension that’s somewhere between Product Of The ’80s era Sid Roams and Pilot Talk era Ski Beatz.

I bought this off itunes because I always make a point to support independent music before I bootleg it. Strangely though the file took a good hour to download and for that alone I guess I have to begrudgingly salute Joey Badass’ loyalty to even the dial up modem technology of the days he fetishizes. (Prod. by Lee Bannon)
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