Ugly: The Nineteen Minutes That Made Atmosphere

01/06/2014
Paul Thompson examines four crucial songs on Atmosphere's God Loves Ugly that made the duo who they are.

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The Year In Three Songs

2013
12/24/2013
When you look back on 2013, these will not be the songs you remember. They may not be the songs you want to remember. But these three records say more about this year in rap than any others.

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The Donald Glover Problem

12/14/2013
Donald Glover is funny. Sometimes.

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Drake. Seinfeld. Worst

12/08/2013
Point Grey:
Mayor Dinkins Never Loved Us

Written By:
Paul Thompson

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This Ain’t Funny So Don’t You Dare Laugh: The Best Diss Song Ever

11/18/2013
I’m from a stopgap generation. At least in rap terms, people born the same year as myself—1992—exist as a bridge between those who saw Straight Outta Compton take middle America by storm and those who grew up after a white rapper from Detroit had torn it up from the inside out. I came of age just as regional tension [1] was giving way to the mainstream-versus-underground dichotomy college radio helped create. Basically, what I’m saying is this: while I know both versions of “Children’s Story” by heart, when I hear that sample I’m one of the few people who starts rapping about Adidas, not pajamas. And I’m sure glad I do—the Mos Def version of the song is the greatest diss in rap history, and it also might be the darkest.

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We Built a Mighty High Ladder: In Defense of a Ghost

11/10/2013
If you’ve been paying attention to the bylines, you know Paul Thompson is the resident rap critic here at Impression of Sound. He’s also the resident writer at 2dopeboyz and a contributor to several other outlets. Each week, he will be publishing a column titled Point Grey, named after his popular Tumblr. In this first entry, he challenges those clamoring for Jay Electronica’s debut album to give the rapper’s back catalog the attention it deserves.

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