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Thinking ‘Bout Forever: Frank Ocean and Time Travel

On "We All Try," a carefully made declaration from Frank Ocean’s breakthrough mixtape, nostalgia, ULTRA., the enigmatic singer proclaims: "I don’t believe in time travel."
Paul Thompson / August 4, 2016

Review: On His Major-Label Debut, Clams Casino Is ’32 Levels’ and Then Some

Clams Casino is not, in the strictest sense, a hip-hop artist. But his influence over and relationship with the sound of the genre’s past decade…
Paul Thompson / July 20, 2016

I’m Afraid of the Future: Jay Z’s Second Act

In honor of the recent 20th anniversary of Jay Z’s debut album, Reasonable Doubt, we’re publishing a series of pieces looking at the rapper’s singular…
Paul Thompson / June 29, 2016

If You Don’t Know Me By Now: Remembering Phife Dawg

"Stop trying to front like I’m Tito or some shit. And no disrespect to Tito." — Phife Dawg When you woke up yesterday and…
Paul Thompson / March 24, 2016

SPIN Rap Report: Vic Spencer and Chris Crack Join Forces, Boosie Beats Cancer and Lives to Tell Twice

The first two months of 2016 have been dominated by something that in most years doesn’t show up until much later: star power. In January,…
Paul Thompson / March 7, 2016

Review: Young Thug Is ‘Up’ for Whatever With New Mixtape

The video for "F Cancer (Boosie)," the first single from Young Thug’s latest mixtape offering, I’m Up, is the best kind of fever dream. The…
Paul Thompson / February 8, 2016

Review: Young Thug Continues to Turn Rap Into an Unsolvable Maze on ‘Slime Season 2′

Maybe Young Thug is a pragmatist after all. In the run up to the record's April release, some mistakenly billed Barter 6 as…
Paul Thompson / November 13, 2015

SPIN Rap Report: Young Thug Slimes Us, milo Takes Busdriver to School

From here in Los Angeles, it feels like summer won’t leave: The beach is packed, the Dodgers are braving 90-degree weather, and YG…
Paul Thompson / October 16, 2015