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MC Frontalot: Question Bedtime

There’s “Little Red Riding Hood”, “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”, “The Emperor’s New Clothes”, as well as lesser-known stories rapped in fresh attire to stimulate the nipper brains of the younger set.

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29 Sep 2014 // 12:30 PM

Hudson Mohawke: Chimes EP

Ross Birchard is back with another EP, but it's not enough to fully satiate the hunger for more HudMo material.

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Ariana Grande and the Weeknd Perform Together on Last Night’s ‘SNL’

Pop/R&B singer Ariana Grande was the featured music artist last night on Saturday Night Live.

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The Future Is Now, and It Is Odd: A Retrospective on Hip-hop in the ‘00s

The historical unfolding of hip-hop bears a strong similarity to that of literature. With that lineage in mind, it's easy to see why the '00s found hip-hop taking on its postmodern stage.

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Kindred the Family Soul: A Couple Friends

Soulful duo Kindred the Family Soul retain the refined persona of R&B on latest album A Couple Friends.

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Passalacqua - “The Baptism” (video) (Premiere)

Detroit hip-hop duo Passalacqua releases incendiary short film, The Baptism, in anticipation of forthcoming album.

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The Green Seed - “Gotchoo” (audio) (Premiere)

You can stream "Gotchoo" by the the Birmingham, Alabama hip-hop outfit the Green Seed, exclusively on PopMatters.

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Counterbalance: Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Good Kid M.A.A.D. City’

I can feel this week's album's energy from two planets away. I got my drink, I got my music, I will share it, but today I'm yelling. Yelling about a 2012 hip-hop breakthrough and the subject of this week's Counterbalance, that is.

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Bring Back the Beat! What’s Up with Hip-Hop Reissues?

The record industry makes huge efforts to reissue rock CDs, but nowhere near as much effort for hip-hop CDs.

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The Roots: ...and Then You Shoot Your Cousin

It may surprise someone who has never listened to the Roots before, but for anyone else this will be slightly troubling.

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13 May 2014 // 1:04 AM

BADBADNOTGOOD: III

There’s a lot going on with III, which makes it ultimately worthy of your time.

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Pharoahe Monch: PTSD: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

The beats jump back and forth between great and subpar, but Monch's lines are as great as ever.

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17 Apr 2014 // 1:06 AM

Duck Sauce: Quack

They may not ever be able to achieve the dizzying heights of "Barbra Streisand", but Quack is more than worth the wait.

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17 Apr 2014 // 1:02 AM

Talib Kweli: Gravitas

Although there are a few moments that lack the edge of his debut, Gravitas is a welcome return to form -- of sorts -- for Kweli.

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15 Apr 2014 // 1:14 AM

Sam Cooke’s “Tennessee Waltz”: A Cultural Geography

With his rendition of "Tennessee Waltz" for his 1964 Copacabana shows, Sam Cooke proceeded to do the impossible: he made the waltz swing.

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Rahdan Vandal - “İstanbul Çök Üstüme” (stream)

A haunting paean to one's home city.

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25 Mar 2014 // 10:35 AM

Blueprint - “Respect the Architect” (video) + Tour Dates

Blueprint's latest single, "Respect the Architect", makes a case for his place in the hip-hop pantheon. It's hard to argue with him when he drops lines like, "the rhyme is my funky drummer". Sublime.

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The Rap Pack: Italy’s Indie-Rappers

Italy’s independent hip-hop scene has so far produced some of the brightest, most interesting artists on European shores.

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Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings: 6 February 2014 - Beacon Theatre, New York

Having beaten cancer, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings returned to the stage in NYC for a performance that was as invigorating as it was electrifying.

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Clear Soul Forces: Gold PP7’s

Clear Soul Forces put together a nostalgic and technically proficient album to establish themselves as one of the best up-and-coming rap groups around.

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