Brandon Soderberg



  • 8Ball, 'Life's Quest' (E1)

    2 Chainz and KRIT assist the aging Orange Mound O.G.; it's hard out there for a pimp with a stellar discography.

  • Joe Moses, 'The Streets' (Thump)

    After ratchet-music fallout, Brick Squad's bench goes west for this versatile, fist-pumping Cali MC.

  • Nas / Kevin Winter/Getty

    Nas, 'Life Is Good' (Def Jam)

    Last month, a brief documentary surfaced on YouTube detailing the creation of a Nas-funded animatronic Jay-Z — this was during the height of the Jigga vs. Esco beef — which he intended to hang in effigy at Summer Jam 2002. Thankfully, he scrapped the Jay-Bot, but the fact that Nas pursued this idea almost to fruition is a testament to just how far one of the best rappers of all time is willing to take some of his worst ideas. Put "remote-controlled, life-size recreation of Jay-Z" at the top of a list that also includes his song written from the point of view of a gun, the other one where he raps in an Edward G.

  • Prodigy, 'H.N.I.C. 3' (Infamous)

    In his own world, with his chest puffed out and his rhymes underwritten, legendary Mobb Deep dunn seems well, done.

  • Maybach Music Group, 'Self Made Vol. 2' (MMG/Warner Bros.)

    Pseudo-supergroup of convenience snarls, stunts, and simps luxuriously....Needs more Gunplay.

  • Danny Brown / Photos by Ryan Muir

    Danny Brown Brings Sublimely Potty-Mouthed Set to SPIN Roof

    Last night, Danny Brown, still running on the momentum of last year's Fool's Gold-released XXX (SPIN's rap album of the year), performed on our office rooftop — a short set full of screaming-all-the-lyrics love and a fairly off-the-chain vibe for a SPIN Live event sponsored by Thrillist and Jack Threads. A roof full of people bleated back "blunt after blunt after blunt after blunt" into the night air, the number of New Yorkers too cool to participate shrinking each time Danny threw the mic in the direction of the crowd. Brown went in on his strongest, weirdest stuff, leaning towards newer tracks (XXX deluxe edition track "Witit," his A-Trak and Juicy J collaboration "Piss Test"), anchoring the set around what can only be accurately described as a suite of pussy-eating songs.

  • Haleek Maul, 'Oxyconteen' (Merok Records)

    Barbadian teen with hella hip credentials navigates sinewy subgenres; like A$AP Rocky with something to say.

  • SpaceGhostPurrp, 'Mysterious Phonk: The Chronicles of SpaceGhostPurrp' (4AD)

    In the wake of Odd Future's success — which the decidedly anti-commercial skate-prick collective built entirely via Tumblr, YouTube, and message boards — we all vowed to never again miss out on recognizing rap's next young pseudo-subversive. So, with the help of some antsy, "firsties"-like accolades (LA Weekly: "Odd Future's Cosmic Cousin: Meet Spaceghostpurrp"), a couple of predictable co-signs (Three 6 Mafia's Juicy J, A$AP Rocky), and two pretty okay mixtapes (last year's NASA: The Mixtape and BLVCKLVND RVDIX 66.6), the profile of 21-year-old Miami producer/rapper Spaceghostpurrp, the very definition of an underground artist with limited appeal, inexplicably rose. And so, despite recording a song called "Fuck Taylor Gang" (or, "FVCK TVLXR GVNG"), Spaceghostpurrp produced "T.A.P." off a recent mixtape from Taylor Gang boss Wiz Khalifa.

  • Smoke DZA & Harry Fraud, 'Rugby Thompson' (High Times/Cinematic)

    "Shot Caller" producer's beats are the Visine to Curren$y capo's bleary-eyed boasts.

  • Nacho Picasso, 'Exalted' (Self-Released)

    Prolific, nerdy nihilist pumps out prickish punchlines set to Blue Sky Black Death's stoner sturm und drang.

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