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Meek Mill: Dreams Worth More Than Money

On Dreams Worth More Than Money savvy potential hits are overshadowed by tracks with chips on their shoulders, made for a guy who sounds like he leaves blood on the mic.

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Existential Rap: An Interview With LOSTBOYEVSKY

With the release of his debut mixtape Rhymes 'N' Puns 'N' Shit, art rapper LOSTBOYEVSKY talks about rapping in South Korea, the nature of art rap, and technology's impact on life.

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Public Enemy - “No Sympathy From the Devil” (Singles Going Steady)

Public Enemy has just released a video for "No Sympathy From the Devil" from their 13th album, Man Plans, God Laughs. Our writers weigh in.

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STS x RJD2 - “Trunk of My Computer” (video) premiere)

The latest video by this fun collaboration looks back at the DIY days of being a young, hungry artist.

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Chance the Rapper and Lil B Offer Up ‘Free (Based Freestyles Mixtape)’

The ever-prolific Chance the Rapper has just released a brand new mixtape, a teaming with Lil B.

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‘Straight Outta Compton’ Film on N.W.A Echoes the Past and Present

Straight Outta Compton may be a period film, but it hits at issues right out of today’s headlines, particularly the treatment of minorities at the hands of law enforcement.

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4 Aug 2015 // 9:30 AM

Kendrick Lamar - “For Free? (Interlude)” (video)

Kendrick Lamar has released a new video from the lauded To Pimp a Butterfly and it has sparked a lively conversation.

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Heavy Hitters: An Interview With the Isley Brothers

Kendrick sampled them, UK dance groups cover them, and that's just a smattering of the Isley Brother's current legacy, summed up in a new history-packed box set.

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3 Aug 2015 // 10:30 AM

Future - “Kno the Meaning” (Singles Going Steady)

Sadly, Future's latest single disappoints.

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3 Aug 2015 // 2:30 AM

Night Beds: Ivywild

Ivywild is an intoxicating, stunning purge of emotion whose only fault is that it runs a little long.

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Garnet Mimms: The Complete United Artists & Veep Singles

Looking for You: The Complete United Artists & Veep Singles proves to be an excellent compilation of music highlighting a truly fantastic, underappreciated soul musician.

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Lyfe Jennings: Tree of Lyfe

The script changes little for R&B singer/songwriter Lyfe Jennings on sixth album Tree of Lyfe, but it works out just fine.

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The Internet: Ego Death (take 2)

Rising from the ashes of Odd Future, the Internet delivers the former collective’s first post-dissolution masterpiece.

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Speak of the Blue Devil: The Moody Grooves of Andy Kayes

Andy Kayes' latest album of mercurial hip-hop finds the rapper putting the boom back in boom bap, one beat at a time.

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28 Jul 2015 // 2:30 AM

Future: DS2

On his second installment of the Dirty Sprite series, Future redeems himself and creates his own minimalist paradise.

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27 Jul 2015 // 2:30 AM

Lianne La Havas: Blood

With Blood, Lianne La Havas rediscovers herself and adds a prefix to her name.

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27 Jul 2015 // 2:02 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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Joss Stone: Water for Your Soul

Think of it as the aural equivalent of a Lego set. One can use the simple bricks in different styles and colors to make something that stands out as special.

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23 Jul 2015 // 2:05 AM

Kool Keith: Total Orgasm

A master provocateur, Kool Keith unleashes three discs' worth of the scatological, pornographic and often just plain absurd.

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Dani Elliott - “Sinner” (audio) (premiere)

Chillwave, contemporary R&B, and classic Nashville country coalesce on this gorgeous new track.

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Cage the Elephant Ignite Central Park with Kickoff for Summerstage Season

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"Cage the Elephant rocked two sold-out nights at Summerstage and return to NYC for a free show May 29th. Info on that and a preview of the full Summerstage schedule is here.

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