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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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Come to Dada: Maestro Gamin’s Hip-Hop Surrealism

Maestro Gamin's surreal and irregular grooves court hip-hop culture as much as they do jazz, his music transmitting from some Dadaist aperture of sound.

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16 Mar 2016 // 11:00 AM

Alessia Cara - “Wild Things” (Singles Going Steady)

Alessia Cara definitely has some songwriting chops, but she also tends to toss in unnecessary cliches and tropes whenever she can.

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14 Mar 2016 // 2:30 PM

The Internet - “Special Affair/Curse” (Singles Going Steady)

This one-two punch from the Internet is a woozy slice of organic soul that distances itself enough from traditional R&B that they're probably going to get tagged with the "alternative R&B".

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14 Mar 2016 // 9:26 AM

Kirk Knight ft. Joey Bada$$ - “5 Minutes” (Singles Going Steady)

"5 Minutes" is a confrontational, indie-rap cogitation splayed out over a circular, melancholic beat.

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11 Mar 2016 // 11:35 AM

Kano - “Endz” (Singles Going Steady)

Kano expertly spits out the rhymes, and the stuttering beat and minimalist piano give everything a terrific edge.

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Esperanza Spalding: Emily’s D+Evolution

The jazz singer and bassist -- and former Grammy "Best New Artist" -- has created a beyond category masterpiece that sounds better than if Joni Mitchell hired Living Colour as her band and then grafted it all onto a hip-hop sensibility of sorts.

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NxWorries (Anderson .Paak and Knxwledge) - “Link Up” (Singles Going Steady)

"Link Up" takes the avant-funk template pioneered by Kendrick Lamar on To Pimp a Butterfly and leans it back across a smooth, sophisti-pop groove.

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Kendrick Lamar: untitled unmastered

After a year of artistic triumph, Kendrick Lamar delves deeper into his thoughts and anxieties on an album that is anything but a lazy victory lap.

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The Life You Save May Be Your Own: The Rise of Toronto’s Nixxon

Redressing the issues of a troubled past, Toronto's Nixxon, a one-time musical associate of the Weeknd, cuts his own swath with the release of his new album -- a gothic-futurist exercise in R&B.

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7 Mar 2016 // 3:10 PM

Soul Inscribed - “Dream State” (Dan West Remix) (premiere)

Soul Inscribed is a super funky New York City band that blends hip-hop and soul with jazzy beats and a bit of dub for good measure.

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7 Mar 2016 // 12:40 PM

The Range - “Five Four” (Singles Going Steady)

A fresh, sizzling entry in the grime genre, "Five Four" is a dark, gloomy track that's a mesmerizing ride.

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4 Mar 2016 // 2:10 PM

BJ the Chicago Kid - “Turnin Me Up” (Singles Going Steady)

"Turnin Me Up" is a great single for what's proving to be one of the best R&B albums of 2016.

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Migos Reclaim Their Dab With the Dab Tour, Starting at the Regency Ballroom

Migos blow out the Regency Ballroom with a sold out show: featuring a new single, an intense viewer experience, and a fresh new dance.

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‘Beat Street’ Vividly Captures the Early Hip-Hop Years

As a document of the early days of hip-hop, Beat Street still holds its own as one of the films to have captured the musical culture in its most transitional phase.

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2 Mar 2016 // 4:20 PM

ILOVEMAKONNEN - “Sellin” (Singles Going Steady)

Makonnen's flow is sloppy, dumbstruck, twisting through elliptical organ pulses, made-in-the-garage 808's, and a lithe, writhing flute motif.

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2 Mar 2016 // 1:00 PM

J Dilla - “The Introduction” (Singles Going Steady)

Bold, intense, with skillful rhyming and an incredible array of sonic textures, another sad reminder of a brilliant artist gone too soon.

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2 Mar 2016 // 9:51 AM

Cha Wa - “Jock-A-Mo” (audio) (premiere)

Cha Wa hail from New Orleans and carry on the long cherished traditions of the Mardi Gras Indians, while infusing their music with contemporary NOLA street funk.

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Rome Fortune: Jerome Raheem Fortune

Jerome Raheem Fortune isn't Fool's Gold's best hip-hop release, but it's undeniably its most interesting.

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26 Feb 2016 // 12:08 PM

Saul Williams - “The Noise Came From Here” (Singles Going Steady)

Ferguson needs protest anthems, and this is a terrific one.

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Culture Belongs to the Alien in 'Spirits of Xanadu'

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"The symbols that the artifact in Spirits of Xanadu uses are esoteric -- at least for the average Western gamer. It is Chinese culture reflected back at us through the lens of alien understanding.

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