Articles tagged hip-hop

Jared C. Balogh Releases ‘Music For Rhymers and Lyrical Designers’ for Free

Somewhat counterintuitively, modern composer Jared C. Balogh rediscovers his hip-hop roots by not rapping with his new release -- which, like most of his music, is available to download for free.

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Chance the Rapper’s Grand Plan to Unite ‘Young Creatives’

On a brutally cold late winter afternoon, an open-mic event at the Chicago Cultural Center was packing them in. More than 250 high school students lined

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16 Apr 2015 // 9:00 AM

20 Questions: Cannibal Ox

Natalie Portman. James Brown. Seinfeld. These are just a few things that Cannibal Ox love, just as much as people love the fact that they're finally back.

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Sidewalk Chalk: Shoulder Season

Sidewalk Chalk rise further to the top of the hip-hop scene with their third release, Shoulder Season.

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Tyler, The Creator Announces New Album, Shares “Fucking Young” (video)

Just a week shy of its release, Odd Future rapper and provocateur Tyler, The Creator has announced his new LP, Cherry Bomb.

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José James: Yesterday I Had the Blues: The Music of Billie Holiday

Forgoing a more exploratory route, José James delivers a set of pleasantly predictable Billie Holiday covers.

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Young Fathers: White Men Are Black Men Too

Young Fathers’ radicalization of pop is important and thrilling.

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6 Apr 2015 // 2:02 AM

Estelle: True Romance

The British singer-songwriter returns with a wide range of styles to conquer our imaginations. The result? A partial victory.

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Action Bronson: Mr. Wonderful

Action Bronson takes the best ingredients of his acclaimed mixtapes, buffs them up with tighter production values and greater artistic focus, and produces his strongest statement yet.

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Earl Sweatshirt: I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside

Earl Sweatshirt leaves shock horror behind and finds something much better on his brilliant third album.

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BadBadNotGood and Ghostface Killah: Sour Soul

Does every album have to be a classic? Minor pleasures are still pleasures, at the end of the day.

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Fundraiser Concert: A Chat with Aesop Rock and Rob Sonic

Aesop Rock and Rob Sonic's Hail Mary Mallon project is one of indie-rap's best kept secrets, but nothing compares to Rob's knowledge of Conway Twitty albums.

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Counterbalance: The Streets’ ‘Original Pirate Material’

Geezers need excitement. If their lives don't provide them this they incite violence. Common sense. Simple common sense. So here's the very exciting UK hip-hop debut of the Streets. An early aughts phenomenon is this week's Counterbalance.

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13 Mar 2015 // 2:06 AM

Heems: Eat Pray Thug

Heems, having broken away from rap group Das Racist, tackles politics, race and romance on his disparate yet ultimately compelling first solo album.

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An Echo From the Ghetto: An Interview With Rapper Luca Brazi

Spitting poems from England's ghettos, British rapper Luca Brazi presents a more sombre and thoughtful approach to hip-hop.

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2 Mar 2015 // 3:02 AM

Doomtree: All Hands

For all the lip-service they pay cooperation, Doomtree's members fight against nobody so much as each other on this dilute offering.

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Drake: If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late

At the peak of his game, Drake has begun to embrace the darker sides of success.

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Rorschack and T.O.N.E-z - “Bar Tab” (video) (Premiere)

Hip-hop and EDM meet in the new collaborative album by T.O.N.E-z and Rorschack, Handcuffs.

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What’s He Banging on About?: An Interview with Rapper Bang On!

The young MC Bang On! may play dumb, but he's sharp as a tack.

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Lupe Fiasco: Tetsuo & Youth

Lupe Fiasco ends his troubled relationship with Atlantic Records with a thrillingly ambitious sendoff.

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Cage the Elephant Ignite Central Park with Kickoff for Summerstage Season

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"Cage the Elephant rocked two sold-out nights at Summerstage and return to NYC for a free show May 29th. Info on that and a preview of the full Summerstage schedule is here.

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