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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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3 May 2016 // 10:00 AM

dvsn: SEPT. 5TH (take 2)

One of Drake's best-kept secrets finds a vocalist and heads out on his own. The result is essential R&B listening.

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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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2 May 2016 // 8:42 AM

dvsn: Sept. 5TH

Daniel Daley's voice would fit well on most major hits, and Nineteen85 knows his way around a massive single; that said, dvsn's first full-length effort is less than the sum of its parts.

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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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In Defense of the Infinite Universe in 'No Man's Sky'

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"The common cries of disappointment that surround No Man’s Sky stem from the exciting idea of an infinite universe clashing with the harsh reality of an infinite universe.

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