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5 Jun 2013 // 11:01 PM

Nosaj Thing: Home

There’s no dance-floor friendly banger or loud snapping snares. It's all easy entrances and exits: guests stopping over unexpectedly to relate a sad story and then exiting quietly through the back while you're pouring the tea.

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Tree - “The King” (MP3/stream)

Chicago rapper/producer Tree flips a sample of the Elvis classic "Can't Help Falling in Love" and makes the track his own with his gruff, elastic vocal delivery and alternately tough and clever lyricism.

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All That Turns to Gold: The Post-Punk Alchemy of My Gold Mask!

Chicago's artfully embellished trio My Gold Mask deliver style, panache, and otherworldy grooves with eerie ease.

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15 Apr 2013 // 11:00 PM

DJ Sun: One Hundred

This record relaxes on your sofa and instead of asking you to grab it a beer on your way to the fridge, it offers to share those that it brought. It’s all give. It’s easy. When the hour grows late you might even ask it to stay a little longer. And when it’s time to part, you'll already be planning to do it again.

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Heems Turns ‘Blade’ Opening Into Music Video

No cuts, no edits, nothing.

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Chicago—The Other Black Renaissance

The biggest difference between the Black Chicago Renaissance and the Harlem Renaissance is brand awareness. The fact is, from roughly the early ‘30s to the ‘50s, Chicago was black America’s most fruitful cultural capitol.

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Bounce and Go-Go: It’s Not Where You’re At, It’s Where You Are

So expressly "chocolate city", go-go is part art form, part entertainment, and part Washington, D.C. civic totem pole; heading south, bounce is a distinctly and defiantly New Orleansian spin on an established rap genre.

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Various Artists: Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap

Soundtrack makes for a pretty good listen, but doesn't live up to its audacious subtitle.

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Taking It All In: The Pitchfork Music Festival 2012 (Friday)

The first day of Pitchfork delivered a broad sampling of genres from art rock to hip-hop and was capped by a surprisingly muscular set from Feist.

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SpaceGhostPurrp: Mysterious Phonk: The Chronicles of Spaceghostpurrp

Mysterious Phonk may consist mostly of previously released material, but, with higher fidelity and the 4AD name attached, it manages to present SpaceGhostPurrp singular vision from a unique angle.

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17 Jul 2012 // 11:03 PM

Linkin Park: Living Things

A fine collection of rap/electronic/rock that unfortunately disappoints when compared to its predecessor.

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Flash Points: Racial Profiling, Riot Porn and the Zombie Apocolypse

This week we look at racial profiling through the lens of controversial writer John Derbyshire. We also talk about racism within hip-hop and find ourselves stimulated by the riot porn of the new Jay-Z and Kanye West video. Flash Points ends on a more positive note: the rise of the walking dead.

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Symbolic Weight & the Def Jam Aesthetic

A coffee table book about rap does not sound too "hardcore" or "gangsta", does it? Well, that's because it's not. What it just might be is sincere.

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The Quest to Understand Tribe

This is supposed to be a documentary, not a fan letter. So how about some balance? It's big picture time when it comes to telling the story of hip-hop.

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‘Maxwell Street Blues’ Is a Toe-Tapping Time Capsule

Viewing Maxwell Street Blues paradoxically stirs simultaneous emotions of melancholy and elation. Much like what happens when singing the blues.

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame or Shame?

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recently announced its 15 nominees for its 2012 induction class. Once again, that means the blogosphere is abuzz with complaints about the Hall's irrelevancy. Are they legitimate?

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Wale and Kid Cudi Offer Up Collaboration on “Focused”

Wale and Kid Cudi end their feud, as the two MCs collab on a new single for Wale's Ambition.

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10 Standout Hip-Hop Tracks from 1991

As a complement to PopMatters' "Nevermind Nostalgia" retrospective on music in 1991, Sound Affects takes at look at a partial selection of the year's hip-hop highlights that lean more towards beats production than the era’s increasingly popular gangsta genre.

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Has-Lo: In Case I Don’t Make It

Has-Lo's latest may not brighten your day with its demeanor, but his abilities on the mic are certainly worth your attention.

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29 Sep 2011 // 10:00 PM

Das Racist: Relax

Where once they might have been subtle in criticising the predomination of pop culture, Relax shows Das Racist wanting to now be a part of it.

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The Moving Pixels Podcast Looks at the Scenic Vistas and Human Drama of 'Firewatch'

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"This week we consider the beautiful world that Campo Santo has built for us to explore and the way that the game explores human relationships through its protagonist's own explorations within that world.

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