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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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28 Apr 2016 // 8:15 AM

Gallant: Ology

Even today’s newest artists find much value to be found in the Purple One’s music.

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28 Apr 2016 // 2:30 AM

Beyoncé: Lemonade

Lemonade is that rare work where you will remember exactly where you were and exactly who you were with the first time you hear it.

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26 Apr 2016 // 11:41 AM

Bas feat. the Hics - “Matches” (Singles Going Steady)

Bas' recent album, Too High to Riot, is a decent, laid back hip-hop album, and "Matches" is a prime example of that.

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ASAP Ferg: Always Strive and Prosper

ASAP Ferg takes a more serious and conceptual route on his sophomore album, and the change of pace pays off big time.

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Terrace Martin: Velvet Portraits

With Velvet Portraits, Martin continues on his quest to become a modern jazz-fusion great while also giving a nod to his Los Angeles roots in the process.

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25 Apr 2016 // 7:25 AM

Royce Da 5’9: Layers

Layers challenges the frontrunners of contemporary hip-hop with inspired storytelling and top-notch MCing.

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Kanye and Mingus: Gifted, Complicated and Proud of It

Charles Mingus and Kanye West represent an extreme form of the complicated-and-proud-of-it black man, within a society that prefers its black men as uncomplicated and untroubling as possible.

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Otis Redding - “Try a Little Tenderness” (Singles Going Steady Classic)

Otis Redding's raw, feverishly passionate soul vocals have become a touchstone for every singer to emerge in his wake.

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Anders Osborne - “Life Don’t Last That Long” (video) (premiere)

On his new video, Anders Osborne goes in for a southern California vibe as its gentle, slow grooves echo the feeling of sweet, sunny California beach days.

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22 Apr 2016 // 2:20 AM

J Dilla: The Diary

Fifteen years after J Dilla signed a two-album deal with MCA, his solo rap album The Diary is finally seeing release.

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22 Apr 2016 // 2:10 AM

RJD2: Dame Fortune

Master hip-hop bricoleur RJD2 creates a set of arresting electro-funk beat-impulses on his new LP.

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Between N.W.A’s Rock Hall Induction and His Coachella Set, Ice Cube Doesn’t Mince Words

Ice Cube opens up about his career moves and why rap is just as rock and roll as anything else.

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20 Apr 2016 // 8:36 AM

Rapper Shane - “Started” (audio) (premiere)

Rapper Shane has got a super confident flow bristling with energy and passion, rather like Nas.

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Lil Uzi Vert: Lil Uzi Vert vs. the World

A member of rap's ascendant new class, Lil Uzi Vert's newest release is worth exploring to discover what direction the genre is taking.

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19 Apr 2016 // 11:39 AM

Chance the Rapper feat. Saba - “Angels” (Singles Going Steady)

Chance the Rapper's "Angels" needn't apologize for its earnest attempts to console and uplift and shines all the brighter for them.

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Andre Williams - “Detroit (I’m So Glad I Stayed)” (audio) (premiere)

At 79, nothing is slowing cult hero Andre Williams or his funky swagger. His new album releases June 3rd.

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All the WOO in the World: An All-star Benefit for P-Funk Legend Bernie Worrell

The Wizard of WOO got his due as Nona Hendryx brought together George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Living Colour, David Byrne, Meryl Streep, and dozens more.

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Father: I’m a Piece of Shit

Rapper Father returns with more debauchery. But he’s feeling more conflicted about it.

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13 Apr 2016 // 10:27 AM

Big Grams - “Drum Machine” ft. Skrillex (Singles Going Steady)

"Drum Machine" is a manic electro-hop joy ride that tries to compact as much electric energy into one space as possible.

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'SUPERHOTLine Miami' Is Exactly What It Sounds Like

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"SUPERHOTLine Miami provides a perfect case study in how slow-motion affects the pace and tone of a game.

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