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Blue Chips: February 2021 in New Hip-Hop

Blue Chips is a monthly rap column that doubles as a scouting report. Each month, SPIN selects a new starting five, a group of rappers…
Max Bell / February 26, 2021

Switched Up: Morray’s Life Changed With One Phone Call

Many struggling musicians dream of the phone call that radically alters their career. For most, it remains a fantasy. The phone never rings. Or seemingly…
Max Bell / February 1, 2021

Blue Chips: January 2021 in New Hip Hop

Blue Chips is a monthly rap column that doubles as a scouting report. Each month, SPIN selects a new starting five, a group of rappers…
Max Bell / January 29, 2021

The Most Influential Artists: #6 2Pac

As part of our 35th anniversary, we’re naming the most influential artists of the past 35 years. Today, we’re at #6. From Oakland, California, here…
Max Bell / December 1, 2020

Blue Chips: November 2020 in New Hip Hop

Blue Chips is a monthly rap column that doubles as a scouting report. Each month, SPIN selects a new starting five, a group of rappers…
Max Bell / November 27, 2020

The Most Influential Artists: #13 Dr. Dre

As part of our 35th anniversary, we’re naming the most influential artists of the past 35 years. Today, we’re at #13. From Compton, California, here…
Max Bell / November 24, 2020

Monotone Samurai: Chester Watson on A Japanese Horror Film

Prodigious talent can be an albatross. The pressure to realize the promise of your youthful work might weigh you down for an album or a…
Max Bell / November 17, 2020

The Most Influential Artists: #21 OutKast

As part of our 35th anniversary, we’re naming the most influential artists of the past 35 years. Today, we’re at #21. From Atlanta, Georgia, here…
Max Bell / November 16, 2020

The Most Influential Artists: #23 Kanye West

As part of our 35th-anniversary, we’re naming the most influential artists of the past 35 years. Today, we’re at #23. From Chicago, Illinois here is…
Max Bell / November 14, 2020

The Most Influential Artists: #25 Eminem

As part of our 35th-anniversary, we’re naming the most influential artists of the past 35 years. Today, we’re at #25. From Detroit, Michigan here is…
Max Bell / November 12, 2020

King Von, Rising Chicago Rapper, Dies at 26

King Von, the rising Chicago rapper born Dayvon Bennett, has died at the age of 26, a person familiar with the situation told SPIN…
Max Bell / November 6, 2020

Blue Chips: October 2020 in New Hip Hop

Blue Chips is a monthly rap column that doubles as a scouting report. Each month, SPIN selects a new starting five, a group of rappers…
Max Bell / October 30, 2020

Future Islands Find Love and Their Sound

David Caspar Friedrich’s 1818 oil painting "Wanderer Above the Sea Fog" is the quintessential Romantic period image: a lone man stands at the…
Max Bell / October 5, 2020

Blue Chips: September 2020 in New Hip-Hop

Blue Chips is a monthly rap column that doubles as a scouting report. Each month, SPIN selects a new starting five, a group of rappers…
Max Bell / September 25, 2020

Blue Chips: August 2020 in New Hip-Hop

Blue Chips is a monthly rap column that doubles as a scouting report. Each month, SPIN selects a new starting five, a group of rappers…
Max Bell / August 28, 2020

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