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Thursday, April 17 2014

Duck Sauce: Quack

They may not ever be able to achieve the dizzying heights of "Barbra Streisand", but Quack is more than worth the wait.


Talib Kweli: Gravitas

Although there are a few moments that lack the edge of his debut, Gravitas is a welcome return to form -- of sorts -- for Kweli.


Monday, March 31 2014

Rahdan Vandal - “İstanbul Çök Üstüme” (stream)

A haunting paean to one's home city.


Tuesday, March 25 2014

Blueprint - “Respect the Architect” (video) + Tour Dates

Blueprint's latest single, "Respect the Architect", makes a case for his place in the hip-hop pantheon. It's hard to argue with him when he drops lines like, "the rhyme is my funky drummer". Sublime.


Thursday, February 20 2014

The Rap Pack: Italy’s Indie-Rappers

Italy’s independent hip-hop scene has so far produced some of the brightest, most interesting artists on European shores.


Tuesday, January 14 2014

Clear Soul Forces: Gold PP7’s

Clear Soul Forces put together a nostalgic and technically proficient album to establish themselves as one of the best up-and-coming rap groups around.


Friday, October 25 2013

‘Wild Style’, Recalls When the Bronx Boys Met the Manhattan Art Set

An engaging hybrid of studio era Hollywood amusement and macho B-boy rebel theatrics.


Thursday, October 3 2013

Drake: Nothing Was the Same (Take 2)

Drake and studiomate Noah Shebib's Nothing Was the Same is, much like Take Care before it, a gorgeous record. But is it as good?


Wednesday, September 11 2013

For Ol’ Times Sake: An Interview with Norbert Putnam About Elvis

He played bass with Elvis & Ray Charles. Produced everyone from Joan Baez to Jimmy Buffett. Norbert Putnam is a living legend, and with the release of the deluxe edition of Elvis at Stax, Putnam shares tons of stories with PopMatters, all of them gems.


Thursday, September 5 2013

Stalley: Honest Cowboy

Stalley continues to progress as an artist and releases another great project. His laid-back style pairs with excellent production to create something special.


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