Articles tagged team shadetek, hip-hop

14 Aug 2017 // 2:30 AM

Jay-Z: 4:44

Already one of the greatest rappers in history, this is the kind of late-career artistic gem that will cement Jay-Z’s place on rap’s Mount Rushmore.

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10 Aug 2017 // 11:25 AM

Kendrick Lamar - “LOYALTY.” ft. Rihanna (Singles Going Steady)

Standing on a funky foundation, the beats are intoxicating and the chemistry between Lamar and his co-star, Rihanna, take this to another level.

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Tyler, The Creator: Flower Boy

All the imperfections and risk-taking of Tyler’s past efforts bloom into fruition now on his most beautiful and open record to date.

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3 Aug 2017 // 10:05 AM

Danny Brown - “Lost” (Singles Going Steady)

"Lost" trafficks in Brown's signature mix of unabashed observation and the blackest of black comedy, careening wildly from punchline to kick in the face.

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Lil Yachty: Teenage Emotions

Yachty’s loose rudder on Teenage Emotions causes him to lose his bearings as he only half commits to “capturing all aspects of teenagers” while the other half boasts of a life unrelatable to most.

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Shabazz Palaces: Quazarz: Born a Gangster / Quazarz Vs. The Jealousy Machines

Shabazz Palaces return with a double-album that’s progressive, singular, and utterly unsuccessful.

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31 Jul 2017 // 2:30 AM

Meek Mill: Wins & Losses

Meek Mill returns to music after a difficult year. WIns & Losses promises much in offering a mature reflection on these experiences and his evolution as a man and artist.

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25 Jul 2017 // 9:56 AM

Vic Mensa Finds Redemption the Hard Way

“We have a society right now where you can count on two things to continue -- opioid ODs and Chicago violence -- and I found myself in the middle of both,” Mensa says.

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Deep Soul Diving: Jahshua Smith Deconstructs ‘The 4th Wall’

Smith's music is balanced on a sagacious tip, where he examines the rigmaroles of daily life through the Afrocentric prism of dialogue and debate.

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The Young Rapper Logic Takes on World with a Message of Positivity for Everybody

Despite the trappings of mainstream success, Logic describes himself as a nerdy rapper whose mantra is "peace, love and positivity".

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Dope Opera: Azeem Talks with PopMatters About His West Coast Hip-Hop Classic, ‘Garage Opera’

In 1999, Azeem recorded his underground classic Garage Opera, hip-hop's equivalent of garage rock.

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Young Thug: Beautiful Thugger Girls

It's not the singing album we were promised, or the country album we were suggested: it's just a great Young Thug album.

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#EverythingGetsAThumbsUp: How Avidity Has Overtaken American Culture

An oh-so-brief and intentionally broad characterization of American life in these times of the Avidity Epidemic.

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28 Jun 2017 // 1:36 PM

Saba Creates Like There’s No Time to Waste

Saba’s music holds two seemingly opposite ideas -- tragedy and triumph -- in close proximity.

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2 Chainz: Pretty Girls Like Trap Music

2 Chainz cashes in on his elder statesman status on one of the best rap albums of 2017. He proves that there is a path to aging gracefully as an MC by embracing trends but preserving his own unique, off-kilter sensibility.

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Vince Staples: The Big Fish Theory

Vince Staples returns with his troubled and furious second album, The Big Fish Theory.

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20 Jun 2017 // 9:55 AM

Childish Gambino - “Centipede” (Singles Going Steady)

A cut from back in 2013, reflective Childish Gambino track "Centipede" still holds up, and this new video is a perfect match for it.

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Playing Tupac’s Mom in ‘Eyez’ Just Expanded the Love Danai Gurira Has For Rapper’s Story

Afeni Shakur was more than just the mother of one of the world’s biggest and, arguably, best, rappers of all time.

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Young Fathers: TAPE 1 and TAPE 2 (Reissue)

The reissue of Young Fathers' TAPE 1 and TAPE 2 shows the Scottish group's early promise.

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Mura Masa - “All Around the World” ft. Desiigner (Singles Going Steady)

Desiigner sounds happy to be here, and it’s infectious.

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