He wanted anonymity, but Your Old Droog was too good to stay secret.
In Russian, “droog” translates to friend, and for rap
fans, that’s precisely what Your Old Droog sounds like: an old friend.
His comforting mix of soulful samples, bass-driven beat loops a
Food Reviews & Stories
Call a catered dinner or theme night a pop-up, and the
foodniks suddenly pony up C-notes for oysters when otherwise they’d
leave work early for happy hour at the Parish. It’s sort of amazing
Call it “noise,” call it “avant-garde”—just make sure you also call it “hip-hop.”
Some records are considered “challenging.” Others issue challenges. CLPPNG,
the almost self-titled new album by L.A. noise-rap crew Clipping,
begins by practically daring the listener to conti
[BACK TO THE…] Earlier this year, Auto-Tune aficionado and new father Future released “Move That Dope,” the first single on his then-highly anticipated second studio album, Honest—and
[MUSTARD ON DA BEAT] While everyone was convincing themselves that Schoolboy Q’s Oxymoron was the second coming of good kid m.A.A.d city—spoiler alert: It’s not—YG quietly released the current
[DETROIT RAP CITY] If Drake is, as New York Times
critic Jon Caramanica wrote last year, “all the emoji: prayer hands,
dancing girls, diamond ring, blown kiss, laughing through tears,” then
Copycat rappers, unimaginative rappers, pretty rappers,
Portland rappers who film themselves rapping on bridges—that’s that shit
the Renaissance Coalition doesn’t like.
Add Dwight Howard t
[PO-HOP] On the first verse of “Rap Rehab,” a playfully introspective track on Oregon Failure,
the newest album from Portland MC Sleep, the 37-year-old poses a
question that most rappers undou