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23 Mar 2017 // 9:47 AM

Vince Staples Is a Mass of Seeming Contradictions

Hip-hop star Vince Staples’ new single, "BagBak", has sharp electronic production, clearly influenced by dance music and contemporary DJs.

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22 Mar 2017 // 10:31 AM

Porter Ray - “Past Life” (Singles Going Steady)

Subtlety is an underused skill in hip-hop, but Porter Ray has it down on "Past Life".

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The Old Dominion in Song: Clipse and the Virginia Schism

Though the trappings may be different, the rhetoric layered beneath Lord Willin’ is a borrowed form of dubious justification that reeks of the Virginia slave system.

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The Weeknd - “I Feel It Coming” feat. Daft Punk (Singles Going Steady)

The Weeknd sounds more like Michael Jackson than ever as he glides up to those high notes.

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20 Mar 2017 // 2:20 AM

A7PHA: A7PHA

Alt-rap veterans Doseone and Mestizo combine for A7PHA's debut record, an experimental album that will challenge and bemuse many listeners but remains deeply original and technically fantastic.

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16 Mar 2017 // 8:25 AM

Hiding in Plain Sight: The Curious Legacy of Outkast

When it comes to hip-hop, everyone remembers who kicked down the front door -- but no one remembers who opened the windows.

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13 Mar 2017 // 11:00 AM

Murs - “GBKW (God Bless Kanye West)” (Singles Going Steady)

The tale Murs tells is a poignant one, painting a picture of living life in constant danger.

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10 Mar 2017 // 3:30 AM

New Gen: New Gen

As the mainstream gradually catches up and embraces grime, New Gen delivers an exciting insight into the next wave of artists breaking through.

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Galactic and the Funky Meters Bring the Sound of New Orleans Back to the Warfield

One of the hardest working bands in showbiz over the past two decades, Galactic continues to tour relentlessly to carry the torch for the New Orleans funk pioneered by the original Meters in the ‘60s and ‘70s.

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3 Mar 2017 // 2:26 PM

NAO - “In the Morning” (Singles Going Steady)

Over spacious, off-center beats, NAO creates a lush, lunar atmosphere for her powerful, intimate lyrics.

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Slice of Life: Sinkane Lives it Up With His Latest Work, ‘Life & Livin It’

Sinkane’s counterintuitive approach to making (and performing) his music forces his roots to show unabashedly in ways that are almost punkishly defiant.

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Gift of Gab - “Aspire” (audio) (premiere)

Blackalicious' Gift of Gab enters the ring with a new set of politically charged classic hip-hop tracks. "Aspire" is a new liberation anthem that we need in 2017.

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Various Artists: Young Art Sound

On TOKiMONSTA's electric Young Art label, the bold thrive. Young Art Sound is a brilliant showcase of what the crew can do.

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28 Feb 2017 // 10:25 AM

Lee Fields Is a Forward-Looking Throwback

"A lot of people think soul music is just a way you sing, or a sound -- soul music means coming from the spirit. The soul is a spirit,” says Fields.

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There’s a Reason Why There’s No Biography of John Hughes

Searching for John Hughes is among the finest tragedies in the brave new genre of memoir wherein the author’s own life is reflected in the undertaking of a biography fail.

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‘Muslim Cool’ Puts Its Faith in Hip-Hop, and Hip-Hop in Its Faith

Where Chance the Rapper injects spirituality into hip-hop, Muslim Cool injects hip-hop into spirituality.

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23 Feb 2017 // 12:00 PM

D.R.A.M. - “Cute” (Singles Going Steady)

D.R.A.M. redeems the term "cute" and makes an appealing plea for its return as a compliment.

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22 Feb 2017 // 11:40 AM

CONTEST: Win a Season Pass for VH1’s ‘The Breaks’

Win a Season Pass to VH1's new '90s hip-hop series, The Breaks.

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22 Feb 2017 // 11:15 AM

NxWorries - “Lyk Dis” (Singles Going Steady)

Anderson Paak finds the perfect sweet spot between his crisp, fresh verses and his soulful croon to create a super-slinky, late night tune.

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Dennis Coffey: Hot Coffey in the D

These 1968 live recordings offer a glimpse into Detroit’s storied music history courtesy of three of its finest session players.

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'Steep' Loves Its Mountains

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"SSX wanted you to fight its mountains, Steep wants you to love its mountains.

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