Articles tagged team shadetek, hip-hop

Istanbul Calling: Hip-Hop in the Melting Pot

At once ancient and modern, Istanbul, one of the world's most eclectic and evolving cities, adds yet another element into its cultural melting pot: hip-hop, a music and subculture that has impassioned many Turks -- and infuriated others.

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4 Aug 2013 // 11:03 PM

Freddie Gibbs: ESGN

After freeing himself of any obligation to Young Jeezy's CTE imprint, the Internet's gangster-rap messiah turns to the increasingly indie iTunes to maintain his role as the man who would be king.

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28 Jul 2013 // 11:06 PM

Robin Thicke: Blurred Lines

Robin Thicke delves into '70s funk and controversy.

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Mayer Hawthorne: Where Does This Door Go

Even with the thematic of sex being awkward and mean-spirited, the LP is a joy to listen to and fans of Steely Dan will find much to admire here.

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J. Cole: Born Sinner

J. Cole delivers with an impressive second album.

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Hailing from a town that's more famous for its breweries than rap music, Dana Coppafeel and Speak Easy are out to change that.

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The Top 20 Jay-Z Songs to Date

As Hov readies the release of Magna Carta Holy Grail, it's time to take a look at the 20 best songs his career has offered so far.

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Turkish Beatmaker Da Poet Offers Up a Great New Record with ‘Beattape’

The beatmaker and rapper from Turkey offers up a moody cocktail of sumptious jazz samples, arabesque sounds and chilled hip-hop rhythms on his latest instrumental outing.

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Kanye West: Yeezus (take two)

Yeezus will be brilliant to some, terrible to others. The truth lies somewhere in between.

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24 Jun 2013 // 11:05 PM

Wale: The Gifted

The Gifted proves to be an extraordinary ‘gift’ to any hip-hop collection.

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Chance the Rapper: Acid Rap

On his second mixtape Chicago's Chance the Rapper takes us on a psychedelic journey that's as ambitious as it is appealing.

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17 Jun 2013 // 11:05 PM

Quasimoto: Yessir Whatever

The astro-traveling, high-pitched, bad character of hip-hop makes his return after an eight-year break.

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Rahdan & Buğra Milat feat. Kerim Erduran - “Yatsı Vakti” (video)

Three Turkish rappers take aim with a polemically-charged and a socially-conscious number.

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29 May 2013 // 11:30 PM

In Defense of Kanye West

On the heels of his sixth solo studio album, it's time to take a look at why Yeezy remains relevant, and why his antics, obnoxious as they can be, never grow old.

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Andy Kayes ft. Copywrite: “The Man Without a Face”

Hip-hop artist Andy Kayes serves up a sensory-delight with a visual and aural feast of a video for his single, "The Man Without a Face".

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Run the Jewels (El-P and Killer Mike) - “Get It” (stream)

The new song from hip-hop odd couple El-P and Killer Mike continues the synergy found on their outstanding 2012 solo efforts, finding the duo sliding into a masterful, sinister comfort zone that's the equivalent of two super villains doing battle over the world right before they decide to conquer it together.

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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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9 May 2013 // 11:02 PM #willpower

#willpower sets the dance floor ablaze with excellent production, flawed by a lack of cohesion.

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1 May 2013 // 11:03 PM

k-os: BLack on BLonde

A sprawling, two-disc set that exposes the two distinct poles of the Canadian MC's psyche.

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18 Apr 2013 // 11:05 PM

Kid Cudi: Indicud

Back with his first solo effort in over two years, Kid Cudi gets back to his famously atmospheric style of rap. Indicud is an album that is sure to please the Kid Cudi fanbase.

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Con Brio: The Best New Live Band in America?

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"There’s a preciousness to McCarter and the rest of the mostly young band. You want to freeze the moment, to make sure they are taking it all in too. Because it’s going to change.

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