Paul Thompson

  1. the week in rap
    This Week in Rap MusicFrom slick ’70s drug rap to vital California storytelling, and everything in between.
  2. the week in rap
    This Week in Rap MusicFrom underground vets to Washington, D.C.’s hometown hero, and everything in-between.
  3. the week in rap
    This Week in Rap MusicFrom internet obsessives to underground introspection and budding megastars, you’re bound to find something to love.
  4. Why Future Is One of the Most Important Artists of This DecadeOn a now-classic run of mixtapes and albums, the artist found new ways of conveying pain.
  5. Remembering Craig Mack, Bad Boy’s Forgotten First Success StoryThe “Flava in Ya Ear” rapper died Monday at 46 from heart failure.
  6. A Brief Guide to Mozzy, the Sacramento Rapper Kendrick Lamar LovesThe California rapper is poised to cross over thanks to crucial placement on the Black Panther soundtrack and a Grammys shout from Kendrick Lamar.
  7. How Eminem’s Slim Shady EP Paved the Way for SuperstardomThe six-song EP was a proof of concept so strong that it has survived sea changes in rap and in American life.
  8. Armand Hammer’s Rome Is a Gritty Rap Album for the Modern EraIt’s dark, but sometimes funny too.
  9. Milo Is Building an Indie Rap Empire“I wanna be a lifer in this. I want this catalogue that becomes undefinable because I’m just so stubborn.”
  10. Tupac Shakur’s Complicated Legacy, ExplainedTupac’s life is dramatized in the film All Eyez on Me, but how detailed did it really get?
  11. What Does Kendrick Lamar’s Overly Dedicated Tell Us About DAMN.?As Kendrick Lamar prepares to release DAMN., we look back at his earlier work for signs of where he was heading all along.
  12. vulture lists
    15 Albums to Try If You Like The Life of PabloIncluding Kirk Franklin, DJ Dodger Stadium, Noreaga, and more.
  13. the album formerly known as swish
    Guide: Max B, Who Sparked Kanye-Wiz Twitter SpatKanye’s new album title caused some waves, mostly surrounding his use of the word “wave.”
  14. Every Pop-Culture Reference Kanye West Has Ever MadeFun fact: Kanye always mentions MJ when he big-ups Geico.
  15. vulture lists
    The Essential Young Thug: A 20-Song Guide to the Prolific RapperA guide to the most prolific (and vital) rapper right now, who’s yet to drop his proper commercial debut.
  16. vulture lists
    Dr. Dre’s 16 Greatest Contributions to Music, RankedFrom N.W.A and The Chronic to Beats and his prolific protégé-making.
  17. A Guide to Malia Obama’s New Rap Favorites Pro EraHow to navigate the myriad releases of the Brooklyn rap collective.