Articles tagged hip-hop

4 Apr 2016 // 10:38 AM

Future - “Low Life” feat. the Weeknd (Singles Going Steady)

Riding over a wave of nocturnal, ether-addled synth textures, "Low Life" showcases standout performances from both Future and the Weekend.

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Time of Absence: Documenting Kanye West’s ‘Life of Pablo’

The Life of Pablo is an ideological attack against the pop institutions that continually try to mystify art and control the artist's identity for profit.

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Young Thug: Slime Season 3

Slime Season 3 succeeds on multiple levels, none more exciting than his ongoing exercise in seeing just how elastic syllables are.

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31 Mar 2016 // 9:10 AM

Basmala - “Chopa Sidi” (audio) (premiere)

Basmala walks the line between hip-hop and electronic music, visiting the realm of avant-garde jazz, all in an effort to create forward-looking, experimental music that he dubs visionary soul.

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30 Mar 2016 // 2:20 AM

Baauer: Aa

Though Aa is frustratingly short, it's nevertheless one of the best things the impressive young producer has created thus far.

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Crew Love: Based on a True Story

Often hypnotic, often funky mash-ups of different club styles, Based on a True Story, an allstar collaborative release from Wolf + Lamb and Soul Clap DJ labels, runs the gamut of Soundcloud mix-core.

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Shabazz Palaces Headlines the “Mountain Series” from Pickathon (video) (premiere)

Shabazz Palaces perfectly exemplifies the Pickathon aesthetic as they have greatly expanded hip-hop's palette.

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29 Mar 2016 // 9:42 AM

BJ the Chicago Kid - “The New Cupid” feat. Kendrick Lamar

Just to prove it's 2016, Kendrick Lamar pops in, and it's an unforced appearance, not exploitative in the least. A funky, sexy, eclectic single.

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‘Real Love No Drama’ Is Longer on Praise for Mary J. Blige Than Context

One hopes Real Love No Drama will not be the last word on one of the most culturally significant black stars to emerge since hip-hop went pop in the late ‘80s.

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28 Mar 2016 // 2:20 AM

Nixxon: For No Good Reason

Nixxon's latest offers after-dark R&B drenched with the sweat of both sex and fright.

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28 Mar 2016 // 2:10 AM

Kano: Made in the Manor

Kano’s fifth LP sees the rapper revisiting his childhood haunts in an attempt to come to terms with his past.

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Macklemore and Ryan Lewis: This Unruly Mess I’ve Made

The only thing stranger than Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' new album is the mindset that the duo must've had when making it.

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Domo Genesis - “GO (GAS)” feat. Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J and Tyler, the Creator

A sloppy, drugged-out hip-hop bacchanalia, "Go (Gas)" is a no-frills collaboration between some of rap's heaviest hitters.

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22 Mar 2016 // 2:05 AM

Babyfather: Platinum Tears

In just 25 minutes, the self-styled Babyfather contrasts braggadocious raps with wildly shambolic instrumentation.

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21 Mar 2016 // 2:30 PM

Roots Manuva - “Crying” (Singles Going Steady)

"Crying" is such a powerful track that not only do I enjoy the auditory assault, I actually want more of it when the song finally ends.

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Lyrics Born Variety Show, Season 7 The Series Finale (mixtape) (premiere)

Lyrics Born conceives these sets as shows and there's an amazing flow from song to song, rather like a really well-produced radio show.

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Nyck Caution: Disguise the Limit

Pro Era member Nyck Caution proves that he's ready for the big leagues on his new mixtape.

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18 Mar 2016 // 11:30 AM

Terrace Martin - “Think of You” (Singles Going Steady)

"Think of You" is a beautiful, dreamy slice of heaven.

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L’Orange and Jeremiah Jae (feat. Homeboy Sandman) - “Ignore the Man to Your Right”

Not only is "Ignore the Man to Your Right" a killer song, it's also hip-hop that no other artists are doing right now.

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17 Mar 2016 // 2:14 PM

Homeboy Sandman - “Life Support” (Singles Going Steady)

Here's hoping Homeboy Sandman makes art as amazing as "Life Support" for years to come.

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