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13 Nov 2015 // 2:00 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 // 1:20 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 // 1:30 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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10 Aug 2015 // 1:10 AM

DJ Koze: DJ Koze

Tack on "tastemaker" to Koze's impressive resume.

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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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Sleaford Mods: Key Markets

Sleaford Mods continue to not give a single flying f**k, to grand results.

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28 Jul 2015 // 1:30 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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Dylan Owen - “The Glory Years” (video) (premiere)

The young rapper displays a knack for eloquent storytelling on his latest single.

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Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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