Articles tagged hip-hop

13 Jun 2016 // 2:15 AM

Oddisee: The Odd Tape

The Odd Tape is pleasant and lively but overstays its welcome in the process.

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Lack of Afro: Hello Baby

Technically, Hello Baby is a soul album, but in actuality it’s the furthest thing from it.

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31 May 2016 // 11:00 AM

Empire: Season 2, Part 2

If Empirestretches audience goodwill a little too far, perhaps it can be forgiven; whatever its flaws, it never fails to entertain.

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27 May 2016 // 10:45 AM

Shabazz Palaces - “Dawn in Luxor” (Singles Going Steady)

"Luxor" seems like an Afro-futurist ether-world, a place where oppressed populations can congregate and, if necessary, escape to.

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26 May 2016 // 9:32 AM

Kaytranada - “Lite Spots” (Singles Going Steady)

It's a testament to Kaytranada's skill as a songsmith that a cut this jumbled and frenetic, this high-on-something, sounds so totally pure.

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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - “Dance Off” feat. Idris Elba (Singles Going Steady)

It's an enigma that the same Macklemore who made "Same Love", "Wings" and "White Priviledge II" could make such banal, in-bad-taste dancehall hip-hop.

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A Poetic Filament: An Interview with Writer and Musician Azeem

What you hear in Azeem's music is bluster and anger, a rage of words and sound. But at the very core of his sonic tirade is the enveloping silence of anagogic contemplation.

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Chance the Rapper: Coloring Book

On his third solo mixtape, Chicago’s Chance the Rapper preaches the gospel of community.

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Street Roving in ‘Downtown 81’ and ‘Wild Style’

These two films speak earnestly to the nature of creativity and the sense of urgency one often experiences in producing a work of art – especially when faced with little to no means during the creative process.

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17 May 2016 // 2:30 AM

World Renown: An Interview With Mr. Lif

It's been seven years since we last got an album from Mr. Lif, but his journey towards his latest involved seeing old friends and (of course) a Balkan brass band.

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12 May 2016 // 10:00 AM

Skepta - “Man” (Singles Going Steady)

"Man" showcases Skepta's nimble, fist-clenched flow and idiosyncratic approach to English grime.

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10 May 2016 // 9:14 AM

The Notorious B.I.G. - “Juicy” (Singles Going Steady Classic)

No matter how many hipster cliches and gentrification stories come out of Brooklyn on a weekly basis, "Juicy" is still the national anthem here.

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Death Grips: Bottomless Pit

While Bottomless Pit is slightly more subdued than Death Grips' earlier work, it's just as fantastic.

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2Pac ft. Dr. Dre - “California Love” (Singles Going Steady Classic)

"California Love" is what you get when you mix one of the greatest West Coast rappers with West Coast's greatest producer, and then bring in funk legend Roger Troutman for safe measure.

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5 May 2016 // 2:30 AM

Drake: Views

Views is step backwards in quality, certainly, but it’s a step sideways in some ways.

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Portraiture in a Human Form: An Interview with Aesop Rock

Aesop Rock: "I think I'm always surprised at how much the musicians I meet put weight on things that aren't music."

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Egyptian Lover - “I Cry (Night After Night)” Featuring Dam-Funk, Folerio and More (Singles Going Ste

The track smacks of the multi-genre pop savvy and creative eccentricity of Prince, yet still emphatically radiates the uniqueness of Egyptian Lover's personal aesthetic.

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Aesop Rock: The Impossible Kid

On his excellent new album, Aesop Rock plays with autobiography as a construction. Rock tells some version of his story brilliantly here, and it doesn't matter what is and isn't fact; it all rings true anyway.

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Run the Jewels - “Love Again (feat. Gangsta Boo)” (Singles Going Steady)

Run the Jewels is one of the best hip-hop groups of the 2010s, and "Love Again" is one of their best songs yet.

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FKi 1st and NJOMZA - “For What It’s Worth” (Singles Going Steady)

"For What It's Worth" is an atmospheric R&B slow jam that seems to be on the verge of a self-destructive nervous breakdown

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