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12 Oct 2017 // 2:10 AM

Grieves: Running Wild

Rhymesayers isn't known for putting out conventional hip-hop albums, and Running Wild doesn't break that mold. But in this case, that's not really a good thing.

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11 Oct 2017 // 11:30 AM

Shigeto - “Barry White” feat. ZelooperZ (Singles Going Steady)

Shigeto’s polished beats set an intriguing stage for ZelooperZ, whose sharp sense of rhythm makes for nimble rapping.

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No Place Like ‘Homem’: Rapper Terra Preta Gives Hip-Hop a Brazilian Re-Think

Preta's chancy way with a honeyed melody and the sensual pulse of Afro-Brazilian rhythms calls to mind the vibrant colours of his São Paulo’s coastal ridges; beautiful and exhilarating all at once.

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Various Artists: Soul of a Nation - Afro-Centric Visions in the Age of Black Power

A thought-provoking collection of Afro-centric tracks from the '60s and '70s put together to accompany this summer's show at the Tate Modern in London.

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Aesop Rock Holds His Tongue for the Sake of Cinema

Aesop Rock talks with PopMatters about his new instrumental score for Bushwick, as well as his creative process, future projects, appearance on Colbert, and his own admitted lack of versatility.

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We Good: An Interview with The JuJu Exchange

Dropping his stage name of Donnie Trumpet, Nico Segal is moving from being one of Chance the Rapper's chief artistic collaborators to exploring the way we communicate through jazz.

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Kate Tempest - “Tunnel Vision” (video)

Kate Tempest releases a new video for the powerful track "Tunnel Vision".

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‘All Eyez On Me’ Suffers From Near-sighted Hero-worship

This long-awaited biopic focuses too much on the minutiae and too little on Tupac Shakur's riveting life.

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12 Sep 2017 // 2:20 AM

Lunice: CCCLX

CCCLX is an album that works best when experienced front-to-back, as the simply-built tracks effectively build upon one another toward a common end.

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The Brill Building, Broadway, and Beyond: R&B and Soul Singer-songwriter Joshie Armstead

Original Ikette and Northern Soul legend Joshie Armstead retraces her journey from Mississippi juke joints to revered music royalty.

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You Must Do What You Love to Survive: ‘Rock in a Hard Place: Music and Mayhem in the Middle East’

Rock in a Hard Place is a sober chronicling of music in some of the most conservative countries on the planet.

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Brockhampton: Saturation II

Brockhampton has created a new offering that is equally refreshing and enjoyable by pretty much following their original formula to the letter.

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Dälek: Endangered Philosophies

Dälek release a statement regarding the current state of reality. By reflecting on their past and collecting the various aspects making up the essence of their identity they unleash a vitriolic work of experimental hip-hop.

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Juiceboxxx: Freaked Out American Loser

Juiceboxxx offers a self-portrait of maybe the most energetic and gregarious loner "freak" ever to put an album on tape.

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Vic Mensa: The Autobiography

While it may not be his most innovative offering, detailed execution and honesty make it worthwhile.

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14 Aug 2017 // 2:30 AM

Jay-Z: 4:44

Already one of the greatest rappers in history, this is the kind of late-career artistic gem that will cement Jay-Z’s place on rap’s Mount Rushmore.

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10 Aug 2017 // 11:25 AM

Kendrick Lamar - “LOYALTY.” ft. Rihanna (Singles Going Steady)

Standing on a funky foundation, the beats are intoxicating and the chemistry between Lamar and his co-star, Rihanna, take this to another level.

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Tyler, The Creator: Flower Boy

All the imperfections and risk-taking of Tyler’s past efforts bloom into fruition now on his most beautiful and open record to date.

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3 Aug 2017 // 10:05 AM

Danny Brown - “Lost” (Singles Going Steady)

"Lost" trafficks in Brown's signature mix of unabashed observation and the blackest of black comedy, careening wildly from punchline to kick in the face.

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Lil Yachty: Teenage Emotions

Yachty’s loose rudder on Teenage Emotions causes him to lose his bearings as he only half commits to “capturing all aspects of teenagers” while the other half boasts of a life unrelatable to most.

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NYFF 2017: 'Mudbound'

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"Dee Rees’ churning and melodramatic epic follows two families in 1940s Mississippi, one black and one white, and the wars they fight abroad and at home.

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