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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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‘Mavis!’ Puts Mavis Staples, and Her Influence on Music, Centre Stage

Even if Mavis! covers a lot of ground quickly, it offers an entertaining tribute to one hell of a performer.

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26 Feb 2016 // 3:15 AM

King: We Are King

King is a band with a memory, and We Are King shows what a sonically potent thing that can be.

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There’s Something About Adrian: An Interview With Hip-Hop / Soul Producer Adrian Younge

Having just released the second installment of Something About April, Adrian Younge pauses to reflect on the art he makes and why the way he makes it makes a difference.

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23 Feb 2016 // 4:12 PM

Azealia Banks - “The Big Big Beat” (Singles Going Steady)

"The Big Big Beat" is an amphetamine-addled, dance-pop flirtation that forgoes innuendo and gets straight to the point, immediately putting its hands all over the boy it wants.

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Lalah Hathaway - “Ghetto Boy” feat. Snoop Dogg and Robert Glasper (Singles Going Steady)

"Ghetto Boy" has the social awareness of Tupac, the funk-sampled sounds of a Dr. Dre track, and just a touch of NWA anger.

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22 Feb 2016 // 12:05 PM

Charles Bradley - “Change for the World” (Singles Going Steady)

Charles Bradley commands "Change the World" with all of the verve of a Otis Redding or Wilson Pickett.

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22 Feb 2016 // 10:28 AM

Aesop Rock - “Rings” (Singles Going Steady)

"Rings" shows Aesop Rock at his most lyrically venomous and rhythmically psychotic.

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Nigel Hall - “Gimme a Sign” (video) (premiere)

Soul singer Nigel Hall's "Gimme a Sign" takes R&B music back to a time when wasn’t just a genre, it was a lifestyle.

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