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Waiting for Buddy Guy: Chicago Blues at the Crossroads

In the late '70s and early '80s, British blues fan Alan Harper became a transatlantic pilgrim to Chicago. He came to listen to the blues. This rich memoir captures not only the music, but the memories of many of Chicago's great blues legends and others who lived during this important era.

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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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‘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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French Montana & Fetty Wap: Coke Zoo

What do you get when you mix French Montana’s Coke Boys with Fetty Wap’s Zoo Gang? You get ‘Coke Zoo’, of course.

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Art “Turk” Brown and Congo Square: Spirits: Then & Now

Live and studio performances from members of Chicago’s acclaimed AACM collective, Spirits manages to capture the sound and feel of the original without sounding wholly derivative.

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13 Nov 2015 // 3:00 AM

On RiFF RAFF, Resisting Capitalism, and Black Stereotypes

Is RiFF RaFF is making fun of black culture? Does RiFF RaFF know what he’s doing? Is he doing it on purpose?

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Spoken-Hearted: An Interview With OVEOUS

Finding a softly sensual counterpoint to the minimal robotic grooves, rapper OVEOUS employs a haunting and hot-blooded practice in humanizing the machine.

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A$AP Rocky + Wiz Khalifa: The O2, London

What happens when two of the most relevant hip-hop artists launch a co-headlining UK arena tour? London turns the f**k up, that’s what.

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MED, Blu & Madlib: Bad Neighbor

A new collection of Madlib beats is a gift, no matter who’s rapping or singing on top.

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‘The Rap Year Book’ Reformats Hip-Hop History

Through colorful illustrations, irreverent humor, and informed writing, The Rap Year Book strikes a perfect balance between incisive commentary and goofy charm.

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Koncept & J57 Featuring Hollis - “Porcelain” (video) (premiere)

The New York duo go big on their latest single and video.

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Blindman - “Feels Good” (audio) (premiere)

Multiple genres mesh together comfortably on this vibrant pop/reggae track.

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Empire: Season 2, Episode 3 - “Fires of Heaven”

Empire, has always been chess match played in a flamboyant, Machiavellian style, but this episode’s moves were so clearly telegraphed that it’s hard to admire them.

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Free Agent of Sound: An Interview with Rob Mazurek

The heralded avant-jazz great Rob Mazurek speaks of space operas, working through grief with music, and, of course, the singularity.

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Conrad Kira - ‘Rictus’ (EP stream) (premiere)

The self-proclaimed outsider comes through with a throttling, poetic new EP.

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For Jazz and Gospel Artists and Audiences, Music Is Their Faith, and Faith Is Their Rock

Black music's spiritual aspect may be a given, but two new books, A City Called Heaven and Spirits Rejoice! go deep into explaining how that actually happens.

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26 Aug 2015 // 2:20 AM

Mick Jenkins: Wave[s]

Mick Jenkins is a masterful technician, but Wave[s] lacks a vital push into the mainstream.

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Golden Rules: Golden Ticket

Golden Rules is the unlikely brainchild of Paul White, a South London producer, and Eric Biddines, a Floridian rapper

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17 Aug 2015 // 2:30 AM

Dr. Dre: Compton

A rapper/producer that started in the '80s raps and produces a surprisingly good album three decades later.

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Damn the Witch Siren - “Nasty” (audio) (premiere)

Feminism and flat-out-fun coalesce on this vibrant, insanely catchy new track.

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Paul McCartney: Pure McCartney (take 2)

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"Pure McCartney really is a compilation for those wanted to dip their toes in wading pool instead of jumping waterfalls.

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