It’s been almost a decade after Tallahassee’s T-Pain left behind his rap career with the group Nappy Headz and released his first solo album Rappa Ternt Sanga, but the same Auto-Tune vocal effects he pioneered — and were inspired by the vocoder leads of ‘80s/’90s R & B originators Roger Troutman and Teddy Riley — are a staple of not only the music industry, but many aspects of American pop culture in 2014.More
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Georgia’s 2 Chainz and Virginia’s Pusha T — two of mainstream rap’s biggest, most ubiquitous names — are coming to Seattle’s Showbox SoDo for a stop on their national 2 Good to be T.R.U. Tour.
The rappers — both 36 — have become a strange type of new-school veterans to their genre. Though they could be easily mistaken for young, contemporary artists to new listeners, both have already had eventful careers starting in different groups from their specific home regions.More
Young Thug & Bloody Jay “Black Portland” (Mixtape)
Atlanta’s Young Thug built some serious momentum last year by releasing his incendiary 1017 Thug mixtape on Gucci Mane’s 1017 Brick Squad imprint, which has since nearly dissolved — with Gucci serving another prison term after falling out with fellow label figurehead Waka Flocka Flame and leaving the once-great rap empire in shambles.More
Sunday night, local do-gooder/rapper/producer duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis capped a historic, chart-topping, platinum run by taking home four Grammy Awards. And then it got complicated.More
In less time than it took him to earn his journalism degree from his hometown Halifax, Nova Scotia’s University of King’s College, producer and DJ Ryan Hemsworth has ridden waves of internet buzz to become an internationally-touring performer, releasing his debut full-length Guilt Trips on famed Canadian label Last Gang Records (who has also released albums by the likes of Metric, Crystal Castles and Death From Above 1979) along the way.More
Atlanta’s burly-voiced rap preacher Killer Mike has had an unusual career arc – coming up as part of the Outkast-affiliated Dungeon Family in 2000 before stepping out as an independent solo artist with his severely-underrated “I Pledge Allegiance to the Grind” mixtape series, then experiencing a late-career revival in the last couple years after collaborating with Brooklyn veteran (and former head of definitive indie-rap label Definitive Jux) El-P for his 2012 “R.A.P. Music” and this year’s Run the Jewels self-titled. Soundposts caught up with him via phone right before he had to head out on his last run of shows for the year to talk about politics and, of course, rap music.More
“Bad Guy,” the intensely dramatic opening track of Eminem’s eighth album, “The Marshall Mathers LP 2,” is over seven minutes of the Detroit veteran displaying that he’s not only still really, really good at rapping, but also still a master of “Da Art of Storytellin” (all due respect to Andre 3000). After the opening track…More
Earl Sweatshirt has always been known as the youngest member of L.A.’s raucous skate-rap collective Odd Future, but his recent album, “Doris,” cemented the notion that he’s also its best rapper. With a style and deadpan delivery that echoes underground legends like MF Doom more than it tries to duplicate the dumbed-down, autotuned pop standard,…More
Last night Kanye West kicked off his Yeezus tour with a two-hour rap-opera of a performance that was grandiose yet minimal, unsettling yet inspirational — and often tiptoed the line between theatrical corniness and artistic genius.More
Polarizing producer/rapper/fashion icon and self-described “Number-One rock star on the planet” Kanye West has had a hell of a year both musically and in the public eye — from releasing “Yeezus,” the most ambitious album of his career, to having a baby with professional celebrity Kim Kardashian. This Saturday he kicks off his Yeezus Tour at KeyArena — the same venue where he started his last solo “Glow in the Dark” Tour in 2008 (though he did make a stop at the Tacoma Dome in 2011 with Jay-Z on their Watch the Throne tour).More