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 damn…
Brandon Soderberg / July 11, 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 rapper/producer…
Brandon Soderberg / May 15, 2014

Stream J. Stalin’s Fervid Bay Area Bangers on ‘SID: Shining In Darkness’

As the owner of Livewire Records, West Oakland rapper J. Stalin provides a place for the growth of incredibly creative, meat-and-potatoes Bay Area hip-hop. The…
Brandon Soderberg / April 21, 2014

Iamsu! Wants to ‘Show You’ His New Track With 50 Cent and Jay Ant

Iamsu! is gearing up for the release of his debut album Sincerely Years, and after taking a trip down memory lane on "Yesterday" and uniting with…
Dan Reilly / April 10, 2014

Sage the Gemini and Iamsu!’s ‘Gas Pedal’ Shows Its Mettle on ‘Letterman’

The Bay is back. Earlier this week, SPIN contributor Andrew Nosnitsky took the vitals of Northern California rap's post-hyphy generation, declaring the scene alive and…
Marc Hogan / March 27, 2014

Hashtags and Heartbreak: Iamsu!, Sage the Gemini, and the Bay Area’s New Rap Revolution

Sudan Williams sounds like a particularly aggressive GPS navigator as he rolls through East Oakland on a late-October afternoon. The 24-year-old rapper is slumped into…
Andrew Nosnitsky / March 25, 2014

Iamsu! Takes a Trip Down Memory Lane on ‘Yesterday’

Iamsu!'s debut full-length Sincerely Yours isn't due out until April, but the Bay Area rapper is already working hard to build momentum. Last week, he…
Dan Reilly / February 5, 2014

The Bangerz Lace Iamsu’s ‘Rep That Gang’ With Wobble and Drops

Considering the title of Miley Cyrus' forthcoming album, it's wise for long-running Bay Area DJ posse the Bangerz to remind the world that they exist right…
Chris Martins / August 14, 2013

Watch Stiff White People Rap Nick Catchdubs’ New Single ‘The Bizness’

Jash is a Youtube channel created by comedians Michael Cera, Tim & Eric, Sarah Silverman, and Reggie Watts. They have a series in which they…
Jordan Sargent / July 24, 2013

Roach Gigz and Iamsu! Spit Hot Fire on ‘It’s Lit’

Bay Area rapper Roach Gigz acts as a kind of bridge between the rubbery rap of the the hyphy movement, and the more moody, minimalism…
Brandon Soderberg / July 17, 2013

Hear Iamsu!’s Minimalist Monster ‘Designer’

Rappers and producers tend to heap a lot of praise on themselves: "best rapper alive," "G.O.A.T.," more Steve Jobs-ian ones like "visionary," and, in the…
Brandon Soderberg / July 9, 2013

No Trivia’s Rap Songs of the Week: Angry Russian Trap Rap; Iamsu! Shouts Out Stevie

2Eleven, feat. Freddie Gibbs "Listen"Atlanta producer Tony Gardner is usually mentioned along with Compton Brick Squadder Ice Burgandy. The majority of Ice's Rhythm & Burgandy…
Brandon Soderberg / June 13, 2013

Hear Iamsu!’s ‘Kilt 2′ Mixtape, a Hi-Fi Ratchet Revelation

Richmond rapper-producer Iamsu! was a shoo-in for SPIN's Real Hottest MCs list earlier this year. The young star has been steadily bridging Bay Area ghetto-flamboyance to…
Chris Martins / June 7, 2013

Iamsu! Is the Laid-Back Life of the Party in ‘Don’t Stop’ Video

Iamsu!'s KILT mixtape made the leap from one of the year's most slept-on rap releases to a top ranking in SPIN's Best Hip-Hip Albums of 2012. But…
Chris Martins / March 27, 2013

MTV T.R.U. Life: The REAL 10 Hottest MCs in the Game

MTV has been steady picking rap's 10 hottest MCs since 2007 and, when it comes to the completely arbitrary metric of hottest-ness, they're usually more…
SPIN Staff / March 5, 2013

First Spin: Iamsu’s ‘Mobbin”

Did you check out Rework, that recent Philip Glass remix album that Beck put together? Yeah, me neither. Here's my stupid complaint with it: How…
Brandon Soderberg / October 25, 2012

Wiz Khalifa’s ‘Cabin Fever 2′: Could This Be the Death Knell for the Lex Luger Sound?

Last year, Wiz Khalifa prefaced his major-label debut, Rolling Papers, with Cabin Fever, a trap music-tinged mixtape that countered the more good-natured mainstream release. Cabin…
Brandon Soderberg / October 17, 2012

Rap’s Most Slept-On Releases of 2012’s Third Quarter

Some of my favorites from July, August, and September, like Styles P's brutal, hipster-baiting The Diamond Life Project, or 100s' evil pimp rap for the…
Brandon Soderberg / October 10, 2012

Rap Release of the Week: Iamsu!’s ‘Kilt’

LoveRance's "UP!" is currently number four on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop chart, with a rather curious "featuring" credit: "LoveRance featuring Iamsu! & Skipper or 50 Cent." "UP!"
Brandon Soderberg / May 18, 2012

Iamsu!, ‘Kilt’ (Self-released)

Scene-stealing rapper on E-40's "Function" slips Bay Area slaps some muscle relaxers, then jerks them back to sobriety.
Brandon Soderberg / May 14, 2012