Articles tagged alternative hip-hop

Saul Williams Commands Attention at Summerstage (Photos + Video)

Saul Williams played a free, powerful Summerstage show ahead of his appearance at Afropunk this weekend.

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18 Aug 2016 // 2:30 AM

Gonjasufi: Callus

Callus is a bleak, seemingly hopeless sonic landscape. A massive bummer of an album in a year already pushing the bounds of reality in nearly every way imaginable.

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Laying the Groundwork: An Interview With Saul Williams

Poet/musician/auteur Saul Williams discusses the influence of Haitian post-apocalyptic art on his music, artist and listener responsibility, and more.

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27 May 2016 // 10:45 AM

Shabazz Palaces - “Dawn in Luxor” (Singles Going Steady)

"Luxor" seems like an Afro-futurist ether-world, a place where oppressed populations can congregate and, if necessary, escape to.

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17 May 2016 // 2:30 AM

World Renown: An Interview With Mr. Lif

It's been seven years since we last got an album from Mr. Lif, but his journey towards his latest involved seeing old friends and (of course) a Balkan brass band.

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Mr. Lif: Don’t Look Down

Mr. Lif's debut for Mello Music Group shows the Bostonian emcee growing as both a lyricist and a songwriter more than ever before.

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11 Apr 2016 // 10:14 AM

Aesop Rock - “Blood Sandwich” (Singles Going Steady)

Aesop Rock paints a cryptic, acid-tongued hip-hop narrative through intricate wordplay and an effortlessly dexterous rhyme scheme.

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Kilo Kish: Reflections in Real Time

In Reflections in Real Time, Kilo Kish flies through impulsive depictions of her post-adolescent, internet-age anxieties

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24 Mar 2016 // 10:21 AM

M.I.A. - “Ola, Foreign Friend” (Singles Going Steady)

Leave it to M.I.A. to sample The Lion King and use it in her unique fusion of Asian melodies and Timbaland-influenced hip-hop production.

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Lyrics Born Variety Show, Season 7 The Series Finale (mixtape) (premiere)

Lyrics Born conceives these sets as shows and there's an amazing flow from song to song, rather like a really well-produced radio show.

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L’Orange and Jeremiah Jae (feat. Homeboy Sandman) - “Ignore the Man to Your Right”

Not only is "Ignore the Man to Your Right" a killer song, it's also hip-hop that no other artists are doing right now.

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15 Mar 2016 // 3:10 AM

Jovanotti: 2015 CC

Like a decadent box of gourmet sweets, there is, on Jovanotti's 2015 CC, fun to be had in discovering the tasty surprise centers of these songs.

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And Then There Were Three: An Interview with Son Lux

It started with Ryan Lott was making music for ads. Now Emmy-nominated actresses star in his band's music videos. The Son Lux story is ever-evolving and all too-fascinating.

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Massive Attack: Ritual Spirit

Massive Attack primes the trip-hop pump with a compelling, bite-sized EP.

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23 Jul 2015 // 2:05 AM

Kool Keith: Total Orgasm

A master provocateur, Kool Keith unleashes three discs' worth of the scatological, pornographic and often just plain absurd.

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Prefuse 73: Rivington Nao Rio

The second of three releases for 2015, Rivington Nao Rio finds Guillermo Herren testing his ability as collaborator and producer, and ever-so-slightly evolving his acoustic-tinged electronic formula.

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Cannibal Ox: Blade of the Ronin

With their long-anticipated sophomore release, Cannibal Ox try to put out the flames of their beloved debut while hoping to prove that they can still make something spectacular.

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15 Apr 2015 // 10:30 AM

Elliphant: One More

An EP that'll stay with you...even if you don't have an elephant's memory.

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11 May 2011 // 4:54 AM

Tyler, The Creator: Goblin

Despite the tedious sensationalism surrounding its lyrical content, Goblin is a massive spoonful of marvellous hip-hop medicine, full of the most unnerving, hyperreal humour you may well ever hear.

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Saul Williams Commands Attention at Summerstage (Photos + Video)

// Notes from the Road

"Saul Williams played a free, powerful Summerstage show ahead of his appearance at Afropunk this weekend.

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