Articles tagged hip hop

13 Nov 2015 // 2:00 AM

On RiFF RAFF, Resisting Capitalism, and Black Stereotypes

Is RiFF RaFF is making fun of black culture? Does RiFF RaFF know what he’s doing? Is he doing it on purpose?

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MED, Blu & Madlib: Bad Neighbor

A new collection of Madlib beats is a gift, no matter who’s rapping or singing on top.

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Koncept & J57 Featuring Hollis - “Porcelain” (video) (premiere)

The New York duo go big on their latest single and video.

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Blindman - “Feels Good” (audio) (premiere)

Multiple genres mesh together comfortably on this vibrant pop/reggae track.

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Empire: Season 2, Episode 3 - “Fires of Heaven”

Empire, has always been chess match played in a flamboyant, Machiavellian style, but this episode’s moves were so clearly telegraphed that it’s hard to admire them.

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26 Aug 2015 // 1:20 AM

Mick Jenkins: Wave[s]

Mick Jenkins is a masterful technician, but Wave[s] lacks a vital push into the mainstream.

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17 Aug 2015 // 1:30 AM

Dr. Dre: Compton

A rapper/producer that started in the '80s raps and produces a surprisingly good album three decades later.

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Damn the Witch Siren - “Nasty” (audio) (premiere)

Feminism and flat-out-fun coalesce on this vibrant, insanely catchy new track.

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Sleaford Mods: Key Markets

Sleaford Mods continue to not give a single flying f**k, to grand results.

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Tyga: The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty

Tyga's infatuation for ancient Egyptian royalty seems more like a cursory interest rather than a man looking at peers.

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Busty and the Bass - ‘Glam’ (album) (premiere)

The Canadian nine-piece band Busty and the Bass create an eclectic funk/soul/jazz hybrid on their debut album Glam.

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The Lonely Island: The Wack Album

Through comedy, the members of the Lonely Island provide another direct criticism on American subcultures and flaunt their knowledge and reverence of rap and hip hop with The Wack Album.

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5 Jun 2013 // 10:01 PM

Nosaj Thing: Home

There’s no dance-floor friendly banger or loud snapping snares. It's all easy entrances and exits: guests stopping over unexpectedly to relate a sad story and then exiting quietly through the back while you're pouring the tea.

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15 Apr 2013 // 10:00 PM

DJ Sun: One Hundred

This record relaxes on your sofa and instead of asking you to grab it a beer on your way to the fridge, it offers to share those that it brought. It’s all give. It’s easy. When the hour grows late you might even ask it to stay a little longer. And when it’s time to part, you'll already be planning to do it again.

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Flash Points: Racial Profiling, Riot Porn and the Zombie Apocolypse

This week we look at racial profiling through the lens of controversial writer John Derbyshire. We also talk about racism within hip-hop and find ourselves stimulated by the riot porn of the new Jay-Z and Kanye West video. Flash Points ends on a more positive note: the rise of the walking dead.

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10 Standout Hip-Hop Tracks from 1991

As a complement to PopMatters' "Nevermind Nostalgia" retrospective on music in 1991, Sound Affects takes at look at a partial selection of the year's hip-hop highlights that lean more towards beats production than the era’s increasingly popular gangsta genre.

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29 Sep 2011 // 9:00 PM

Das Racist: Relax

Where once they might have been subtle in criticising the predomination of pop culture, Relax shows Das Racist wanting to now be a part of it.

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Paul White: Rapping With Paul White

Rising UK producer continues drawing comparisons to Madlib with his first release featuring rap collaborations.

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Nine 11 Thesaurus: Ground Zero Generals

Young, socially conscious hip hop crew falls short with their first offering.

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6 Sep 2011 // 9:00 PM

Playdough: Hotdoggin

Playdough's self-awareness lends well to his confident, funny, and painfully real new outing Hotdoggin.

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The Hills Are Alive, But Nobody Else Is in 'The Happiness of the Katakuris'

// Short Ends and Leader

"Happiness of the Katakuris is one of Takashi Miike's oddest movies, and that's saying something.

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