Articles tagged hip-hop

25 Jul 2017 // 9:56 AM

Vic Mensa Finds Redemption the Hard Way

“We have a society right now where you can count on two things to continue -- opioid ODs and Chicago violence -- and I found myself in the middle of both,” Mensa says.

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Deep Soul Diving: Jahshua Smith Deconstructs ‘The 4th Wall’

Smith's music is balanced on a sagacious tip, where he examines the rigmaroles of daily life through the Afrocentric prism of dialogue and debate.

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The Young Rapper Logic Takes on World with a Message of Positivity for Everybody

Despite the trappings of mainstream success, Logic describes himself as a nerdy rapper whose mantra is "peace, love and positivity".

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Dope Opera: Azeem Talks with PopMatters About His West Coast Hip-Hop Classic, ‘Garage Opera’

In 1999, Azeem recorded his underground classic Garage Opera, hip-hop's equivalent of garage rock.

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Young Thug: Beautiful Thugger Girls

It's not the singing album we were promised, or the country album we were suggested: it's just a great Young Thug album.

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#EverythingGetsAThumbsUp: How Avidity Has Overtaken American Culture

An oh-so-brief and intentionally broad characterization of American life in these times of the Avidity Epidemic.

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28 Jun 2017 // 1:36 PM

Saba Creates Like There’s No Time to Waste

Saba’s music holds two seemingly opposite ideas -- tragedy and triumph -- in close proximity.

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2 Chainz: Pretty Girls Like Trap Music

2 Chainz cashes in on his elder statesman status on one of the best rap albums of 2017. He proves that there is a path to aging gracefully as an MC by embracing trends but preserving his own unique, off-kilter sensibility.

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Vince Staples: The Big Fish Theory

Vince Staples returns with his troubled and furious second album, The Big Fish Theory.

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20 Jun 2017 // 9:55 AM

Childish Gambino - “Centipede” (Singles Going Steady)

A cut from back in 2013, reflective Childish Gambino track "Centipede" still holds up, and this new video is a perfect match for it.

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Playing Tupac’s Mom in ‘Eyez’ Just Expanded the Love Danai Gurira Has For Rapper’s Story

Afeni Shakur was more than just the mother of one of the world’s biggest and, arguably, best, rappers of all time.

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Young Fathers: TAPE 1 and TAPE 2 (Reissue)

The reissue of Young Fathers' TAPE 1 and TAPE 2 shows the Scottish group's early promise.

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Mura Masa - “All Around the World” ft. Desiigner (Singles Going Steady)

Desiigner sounds happy to be here, and it’s infectious.

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8 Jun 2017 // 11:30 AM

Black Milk Gives ‘Em ‘Hell’

Much of If There's a Hell Below's themes relay anxieties buried deep, manifested as sound when they are unearthed.

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Swet Shop Boys: Sufi La EP

Swet Shop Boys’ new EP Sufi LA is a showcase for MC Himanshu Suri and is altogether stronger than their debut Cashmere.

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Russ: There’s Really a Wolf

One of the most prolific figures in recent rap history has finally dropped his major label debut.

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25 May 2017 // 11:00 AM

Vince Staples - “Big Fish” (Singles Going Steady)

"Big Fish" is a fine way to lead into Vince Staples' new album.

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‘Shake It Up’: All the Music That’s Fit to Freak Out About

The Library of America’s rollicking greatest-hits volume of music criticism is an awesomely unwieldy pile of opinion that celebrates not just music, but the very act of appreciating and understanding it.

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T-Pain and Lil Wayne: T-Wayne

T-Wayne’s greatest legacy will be that even after hearing it, we will still be left with our imaginations to do the heavy lifting.

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19 May 2017 // 8:52 AM

Goldlink: At What Cost

On the D.C. rapper's first studio album, Goldlink highlights his city but obscures his own perspective.

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How a Song By Unknown Newcomer Adam Johnston Ended Up on Blondie's New Album

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"Adam Johnston of An Unkindness wrote a song at 17 years old and posted it online. Two years later, magic happened.

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