Articles tagged hip-hop

‘The Rap Year Book’ Reformats Hip-Hop History

Through colorful illustrations, irreverent humor, and informed writing, The Rap Year Book strikes a perfect balance between incisive commentary and goofy charm.

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Run the Jewels: Meow the Jewels

The jewel runners go full Cheezburger, pointing claws and snatching collars in the finest feline-based album in the history of everdom.

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Pablie - ‘B Sides’ (album stream) (premiere)

The Spanish musician concludes his project with a gorgeous, sunny, organic blend of jazz and hip hop.

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Empire: Season 2, Episode 4 - “Poor Yorick”

As Lucious' legal troubles are put to bed, things within the family get even more complicated.

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The Young Turk: Kamufle’s Basement-Deep Hip-Hop

In his full proper debut album, Turkish rapper Kamufle creates brilliant soundscapes that evoke the vibrant and animated colours of graffiti art, where daisy-age hip-hop meets an Eastern sensibility.

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7 Oct 2015 // 2:46 PM

Eminem - “Phenomenal” (Singles Going Steady)

For some reason it's reassuring that horrifyingly expensive, indulgent videos are not just the preserve of the fancy young starlets.

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Drake and Future: What a Time to Be Alive

What a Time to Be Alive rode unreachable hype into its release, but the actual product is full of the quality hip-hop that's expected of its creators.

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The Underachievers - “Star Signs” x “Generation Z” (Singles Going Steady)

It’s hard not to get down with this, which seems to exist in some liminal zone between the street and the astral plane.

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Empire’s Latest Episode Promises More than Just Gags

The second episode of Empire's second season gives audiences more of what they came for: narrative, character development, and strained relationships.

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29 Sep 2015 // 2:15 AM

Mac Miller: GO:OD AM

Relying on his individuality yields his greatest results, but the album’s more passable moments too.

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Conrad Kira - ‘Rictus’ (EP stream) (premiere)

The self-proclaimed outsider comes through with a throttling, poetic new EP.

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1 Sep 2015 // 1:30 PM

Roots Manuva - “One Thing” (audio) (Singles Going Steady)

Brilliant UK hip-hopper Roots Manuva released his new single "One Thing" last week.

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J.J. Fad Left Out of ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Despite a ‘Supersonic’ Success

The success of J.J. Fad’s infectious single, “Supersonic", and its Dr. Dre co-produced album that followed, played a role in establishing Ruthless as a legitimate enterprise, forging a path for the breakout success of N.W.A.

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Golden Rules: Golden Ticket

Golden Rules is the unlikely brainchild of Paul White, a South London producer, and Eric Biddines, a Floridian rapper

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‘Straight Outta Compton’ and ‘Hamilton’ Speak to Modern Protests Through Hip-hop

Rap is sometimes seen as having gone soft, handed over to people singing of a kind of wish fulfillment more than their desire to have wishes fulfilled. But the return of highly serious work in a hip-hop context changes the game.

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19 Aug 2015 // 2:15 AM

Dr. Dre: Compton (take 2)

After 15 years of largely playing mentor to developing artists, Dr. Dre makes a triumphant 11th hour solo return.

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12 Aug 2015 // 2:20 AM

Georgia: Georgia

Like other musical omnivores before her, Georgia is distilling the essence of music of the period.

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Dr. Dre’s New Album ‘Compton’ Is a Master Class in Music, Culture, Business

Dre’s Compton, his first album since 1999, offered a different kind of entertainment but sparked just as much buzz on social media by a devoted following that stretches from teens to fiftysomethings.

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10 Aug 2015 // 2:30 AM

Tunde Olaniran: Transgressor

This is hip-hop in 2015. This is R&B in 2015. This is music in 2015. It isn’t static, it isn’t formally restricted, it’s hell-bent on blurring lines.

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10 Aug 2015 // 2:10 AM

DJ Koze: DJ Koze

Tack on "tastemaker" to Koze's impressive resume.

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Indie Horror Month 2016: Executing 'The Deed'

// Moving Pixels

"It's just so easy to kill someone in a video game that it's surprising when a game makes murder difficult.

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