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23 Jan 2017 // 2:30 PM

Sinkane - “Telephone” (Singles Going Steady)

Sinkane's "Telephone" is infectious in the best way, and even this early, a contender for best single of 2017.

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Cilantro Boombox - “Love For Money” (audio) (premiere)

Eclectic Austin band Cilantro Boombox return with a hot new single that blends ska, funk and salsa.

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Lando Chill - “Early in the Morning” (video) (premiere)

Lando Chill brings the chill with soulful grooves and a mellow vibe in his new video for "Early in the Morning".

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17 Jan 2017 // 9:40 AM

J. Cole: 4 Your Eyez Only

A deeply personal album 4 Your Eyez Only represents J. Cole's most mature and cohesive record to date.

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11 Jan 2017 // 11:19 AM

Run the Jewels’ Verbal Broadsides Mix the Personal and Political

The dilemma across 2016 lay in how much politics to include in a creative project that began as a way for a pair of middle-aged solo artists to blow off steam and have fun making rap music together.

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Andre Cymone: Black Man in America

Former Prince collaborator Andre Cymone delivers a deftly executed and sobering set of protest songs for the modern age with Black Man in America.

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Kid Cudi: Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’

The curious case of Scott Mescudi continues on Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin', which runs at 87 minutes across 19 tracks.

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The 15 Best R&B/Soul Albums of 2016

2016 has been a banner year for soul music of all stripes with a number of momentous debuts and returns to form from veterans. All the while, soul music keeps pushing forward.

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Emeli Sandé: Long Live the Angels

While Sandé may not hit any highs higher that what we heard on Our Version of EventsLong Live the Angels gives the neo-soul belter plenty of scenery to chew

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Childish Gambino: Awaken, My Love!

Ditching the rap game in favor of a heavy P-Funk vibe, Childish Gambino returns with one of his strongest overall efforts yet.

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Back and Badder Than Before: An Interview With Aesop Rock

PopMatters talks with the emcee about collaboration, releasing free music, and his soft spot for Miami Vice.

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Form Follows Function: ‘The Life of Pablo’ and ‘Blonde’ Challenge the Notion of an Album

Kanye West and Frank Ocean have created imperfect perfect albums which invert our notions of flaws and challenge our perception of the album as an art form.

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19 Dec 2016 // 2:45 AM

The Best Hip-Hop of 2016

In a year full of uncertainty and pessimism, the ever-stretching definition of what it means to be “hip-hop” was a welcome reprieve.

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Soul Scratch - “Look How Far We’ve Come” (audio) (premiere)

Soul Scratch is one of those groups that you know you love within a few seconds of hearing one of their songs.

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14 Dec 2016 // 12:46 PM

Shinyribs - “I Got Your Medicine” (audio) (premiere)

The Gourds' frontman Kevin Russell steps out with his new band Shinyribs, a country-soul, swamp-funk power house.

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If Studs Terkel Were Alive Today, What Would Steve Bannon Tell Him?

Terkel biographer Alen Wieder reminds us that if he were alive today, Studs would actually listen to the voices of the Trump voters -- all of them.

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12 Dec 2016 // 3:25 AM

Emanon: Dystopia

DJ Exile and Aloe Blacc cook up a politically infused storm on their first hip-hop release in 10 years.

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9 Dec 2016 // 3:15 AM

Lil Durk: They Forgot

They Forgot highlights Lil Durk’s gift for creating momentum.

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Here Comes the Bloom: Timothy Bloom Takes Hip-Hop to the Sock-Hop

More sock-hop than hip-hop, soulster Timothy Bloom does a stunning '50s revamp on contemporary R&B.

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John Legend: Darkness and Light

John Legend's latest proves the adage that in soul music, darkness is always better than light.

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