Articles tagged team shadetek, hip-hop

21 Apr 2017 // 2:30 AM

Kendrick Lamar: DAMN.

The title is our reaction to his verbal gymnastics, his brazenness. And it’s a question: are we damned?

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20 Apr 2017 // 8:55 AM

Porter Ray: Watercolor

Porter Ray's rapping on Watercolor is relaxed but quick, a style that emphasizes the intellectual bent to many of his rhymes, but intentionally fails to prepare you for the weight of his message.

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Playboi Carti: Playboi Carti

Playboi Carti does not break new ground, but as an exercise in the millennial id delivered in Cam’ronian laziness, it’s sure a hell of a lot of fun.

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14 Apr 2017 // 11:08 AM

Danny Brown - “Ain’t It Funny” (Singles Going Steady)

Boy, this video starts out like a lark, and then 17 or so dark left turns later we're left contemplating both the nature of entertainment and our all-too-fragile mortality.

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12 Apr 2017 // 10:15 AM

Kendrick Lamar - “HUMBLE.” (Singles Going Steady)

Typically for a Kendrick Lamar single, there's plenty to chew on here...

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12 Apr 2017 // 2:30 AM

Gonjasufi: Mandela Effect

Gonjasufi offers a companion piece to his most recent album which furthers his dark and warped artistic vision.

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7 Apr 2017 // 9:24 AM

Migos - “What the Price” (Singles Going Steady)

On "What the Price", it sounds like Migos are trying to forcibly eject a Casio VZ-1 from their large intestine.

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6 Apr 2017 // 12:50 PM

Run the Jewels - “Legend Has It” (Singles Going Steady)

"Legend Has It" is particularly politically charged, and El-P and Killer Mike deserve all the praise they get as they throw down trenchant rhymes.

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5 Apr 2017 // 8:49 AM

Drake: More Life

More life, more everything, more Drake, more songs, more sounds, more tings.

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4 Apr 2017 // 2:35 AM

J. Cole: The Coronation of a Hip-Hop Underdog

J. Cole is like King David, Kanye West is like King Saul. So goes the biblical story...

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Hot 8 Brass Band - “Can’t Nobody Get Down” (video) (premiere)

Legendary New Orleans brass band, the Hot 8 Brass Band, brings the joy with their new single "Can't Nobody Get Down" off new LP On the Spot.

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31 Mar 2017 // 7:50 AM

20 Questions: Beans

The prolific ex-Antipop Consortium rapper is releasing three full-length albums and his debut novel on the same day, and shares his loves and influences in depth with PopMatters.

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23 Mar 2017 // 9:47 AM

Vince Staples Is a Mass of Seeming Contradictions

Hip-hop star Vince Staples’ new single, "BagBak", has sharp electronic production, clearly influenced by dance music and contemporary DJs.

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22 Mar 2017 // 10:31 AM

Porter Ray - “Past Life” (Singles Going Steady)

Subtlety is an underused skill in hip-hop, but Porter Ray has it down on "Past Life".

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The Old Dominion in Song: Clipse and the Virginia Schism

Though the trappings may be different, the rhetoric layered beneath Lord Willin’ is a borrowed form of dubious justification that reeks of the Virginia slave system.

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20 Mar 2017 // 2:20 AM

A7PHA: A7PHA

Alt-rap veterans Doseone and Mestizo combine for A7PHA's debut record, an experimental album that will challenge and bemuse many listeners but remains deeply original and technically fantastic.

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16 Mar 2017 // 8:25 AM

Hiding in Plain Sight: The Curious Legacy of Outkast

When it comes to hip-hop, everyone remembers who kicked down the front door -- but no one remembers who opened the windows.

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13 Mar 2017 // 11:00 AM

Murs - “GBKW (God Bless Kanye West)” (Singles Going Steady)

The tale Murs tells is a poignant one, painting a picture of living life in constant danger.

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10 Mar 2017 // 3:30 AM

New Gen: New Gen

As the mainstream gradually catches up and embraces grime, New Gen delivers an exciting insight into the next wave of artists breaking through.

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Gift of Gab - “Aspire” (audio) (premiere)

Blackalicious' Gift of Gab enters the ring with a new set of politically charged classic hip-hop tracks. "Aspire" is a new liberation anthem that we need in 2017.

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The Moving Pixels Podcast Becomes the 'Beholder'

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"It's easy to think that we would never be complicit with the dictates of an authoritarian regime, but Beholder reveals how complicated such choices can become.

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