Gucci Mane: Mixtapes Saved My Career

Back to the Trap House debuted in 2007 at No. 57 on Billboard’s “Top 200,” selling fewer than 32,000 copies in its first week. My major-label debut was a dud. I knew those beats were not suited to my style. I’d taken too much outside advice. I should have stood up …

Sam Hunt’s Crossover Country Has a Massive Cult Following

Unless you’re a country fan or a chart nerd, there’s a fair chance Sam Hunt is the biggest star you’re not listening to. His 2014 debut album Montevallo was a perfect slice crossover country-pop that ruffled traditional fans’ feathers in its embrace hip-hop values and pop production without falling prey …

The Best Albums of 2017 (So Far)

This list has been updated to include August releases. The running threads interest adjoining the music 2017 are strange: indie rock is back in full force, young rappers seem hell-bent on reclaiming nü-metal, and our legends keep leaving us. Like Outkast said, “Nothing is for sure, nothing is for certain, …

We Refuse to Believe Prince’s Favorite Color Wasn’t Purple

Prince was unquestionably an icon, and one the absolute defining characteristics the Purple One was, well, the color purple. Of the most obvious examples, his magnum opus was called Purple Rain, and it takes one quick Google search to see him adorned in purple again, and again, and again, and …

A$AP Mob Rejuvenates the Brotherhood of New York Rap

Once New York originated hip-hop in the ’70s, a further innovation followed swiftly on its heels: the rap crew was born. For all the vaunting self for which the art form is rightfully known, the same rule holds in rap as in other creative fields: just because rap opened up …

The Unexpected Rise of America’s Next Great Rock Band

Adam Granduciel is flying down the highway in a rented Jeep Cherokee, A/C blasting to mask the 95-degree heat Philadelphia in mid-July. The radio’s on, too, tuned to a similarly feverish chatter news about dirty tricks and high crimes, but Granduciel isn’t paying attention. His band, the War on Drugs, …

New York Rap Is Still Fine, Just Look at French Montana

It’s sometimes hard to tell if die-hard New York rap fans enjoy listening to hip-hop more than they enjoy arguing about it. Since the decline East Coast rap from the national preeminence it commanded in the ’80s, ’90s and early ’00s, an endless debate has been spun out between classicists …

Who is Ruperto Ortiz?

“RUPO” is what everyone calls me. I made a name for my self in this industry when i was young in 1995 to be exact. It all started with a record label that i developed called “Strik 9” which included Louisiana recording artist such as UNIVERSAL SPECIES , GREGORY D …