Brandon Soderberg

Turn Up for What: Wiz Khalifa Shrugs His Way Through ‘Blacc Hollywood’

Let's start with the nadir of Wiz Khalifa's maddeningly "meh" Blacc Hollywood. It's called "Ass Drop" and it's a sub-Drake, quasi-Ty$, twerk-pop track that…
By: Brandon Soderberg / August 18, 2014

Freak Scene: 2014’s Weird World of Underground Rap

Underground hip-hop is not what it used to be, but that's a good thing. At its peak, "the underground" was its own separate and dam…
By: Brandon Soderberg / July 11, 2014

RiFF RAFF’s ‘Neon Icon’ Is a 10,000 Out of 10

Neon Icon is a 10,000-out-of-10 record, but for the purposes of maintaining the order of things — something that the living breathing prank that i…
By: Brandon Soderberg / July 2, 2014

The Soft Pink Truth Dismantle Black Metal on ‘Why Do the Heathen Rage’

Black metal's dead because The Soft Pink Truth just killed it. Sure, we'll still have motherless toughs serving up coal-black riffs and "trve kvlt"…
By: Brandon Soderberg / June 17, 2014

Roach Gigz Makes Stark Horror Flick for ‘Zombie’ Video

One of the more exciting byproducts of the rap world's current DJ Mustard fever is that it shines a light on the post-hyphy…
By: Brandon Soderberg / June 16, 2014

ISSUE Hosts a Tea Party in ‘Mask on the Moon’ Video

Bay Area rapper and SPIN favorite ISSUE — the tea-sipping, teetotaling, slow-rapping, absurdist hook machine (and E-40's son to boot) — throws a…
By: Brandon Soderberg / June 16, 2014

The Outfit, TX Shoot Country Rap Into Outer Space

"Nobody wants to hear a UGK cover band." At least that's what 25-year-old rapper/producer Mel Kyle, one third of the Houston by way of Dalla…
By: Brandon Soderberg / June 10, 2014

50 Cent Growls Meekly, Often, on Deluded ‘Animal Ambition’

What the hell kind of name is Animal Ambition? Are animals really ambitious? Don't they just kind of do what they gotta do and leave…
By: Brandon Soderberg / June 5, 2014

G-Funk Stalwart Kokane (and Friends) Deliver Laid-Back Wisdom on ‘Grief and His Due’

Rap nerd alert! Rap nerd alert! Here we have the return of Kokane—the smooth-talking, singing, rapping, and wisdom-imparting MC perhaps best known for…
By: Brandon Soderberg / May 29, 2014

Stream Sage Francis’ Nervy, Confessional Return on ‘Copper Gone’

When splenetic, word-nerd, and Scribble Jam hero Sage Francis floated the possibility that he would slow things down after his 2010 album Li(f)e,…
By: Brandon Soderberg / May 27, 2014

With Comeback ‘Gz II Godz,’ G-Side’s Trippy Trap Thrives on the Other Side of Hype

In retrospect, those embattled late '90s underground cats had it pretty good, what with Rupert Murdoch money fueling indie hip-hop staple Rawkus Records by way…
By: Brandon Soderberg / May 22, 2014

Iamsu! Almost Escapes Bay Area Rap Vortex with Immersive ‘Sincerely Yours.’ Almost.

Empowered by guest appearances on recent hits like Loverance's "Up," E-40's "Function," and fellow HBK gang talent Sage the Gemini's "Gas Pedal," Bay Area…
By: Brandon Soderberg / May 15, 2014

Stream Deniro Farrar’s Confessional ‘Rebirth’ EP

The opening, title-song to Charlotte-based rapper Deniro Farrar's forthcoming Rebirth EP uses a floating beat as the base for real talk and lament…
By: Brandon Soderberg / May 15, 2014

Stream Ed Schrader’s Music Beat’s Brooding, Bouncy ‘Party Jail’ LP

Baltimore duo Ed Schrader's Music Beat, comprised of Ed Schrader and Devlin Rice, don't waste time getting to the point on their forthcoming…
By: Brandon Soderberg / May 13, 2014

Stream ProbCause’s Ambitious, Zooted ‘WAVES’ EP

Earlier this year the chatterboxing Chicago rapper ProbCause was featured alongside Chance the Rapper on Hood Internet's trippy, crate-digging remix of "LSD." Now…
By: Brandon Soderberg / May 9, 2014

Rap Songs of the Week: Travi$ Scott Rips Up the 1975 and Starts Again on ‘Don’t Play’

Antwon, "Cold Tears"Bust out the dirt bikes, y'all, because we've got booming-voiced softie Antwon playing the role of DMX, and rather wavy producer Matrixxman pulling…
By: Brandon Soderberg / May 9, 2014

Rap Songs of the Week: Danny Brown Assists ZMoney on the Jittery ‘Jug N Finesse’

Big K.R.I.T., "Mt. Olympus"Here is Big K.R.I.T. pouring out more of that platonic country rap thing he does very, very well, with some added collegiate…
By: Brandon Soderberg / May 2, 2014

Gucci Mane and Young Thug Join Forces, Drag Feet on Phoned-In ‘Young Thugga Mane La Flare’

Presumably cobbled together using old recordings from back when waning trap hero Gucci Mane wasn't in jail, and released now to capitalize on the…
By: Brandon Soderberg / May 1, 2014

Watch Noise-Rap MC Abdu Ali’s Frenzied Video For ‘Machete Warz’

Baltimore's Abdu Ali is an abstract, poetic screamer with a penchant for beats that nod to both his hometown's frenetic club music scene and the…
By: Brandon Soderberg / May 1, 2014

Bay Area Rapper Issue Reps #Based Experimentalism and His Dad, E-40

"When I first came out with my music, people thought I was on hardcore drugs," explains the mysterious, mask-rocking rapper Issue. "But that was just…
By: Brandon Soderberg / May 1, 2014

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