Articles tagged team shadetek, hip-hop

23 Feb 2016 // 4:12 PM

Azealia Banks - “The Big Big Beat” (Singles Going Steady)

"The Big Big Beat" is an amphetamine-addled, dance-pop flirtation that forgoes innuendo and gets straight to the point, immediately putting its hands all over the boy it wants.

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Lalah Hathaway - “Ghetto Boy” feat. Snoop Dogg and Robert Glasper (Singles Going Steady)

"Ghetto Boy" has the social awareness of Tupac, the funk-sampled sounds of a Dr. Dre track, and just a touch of NWA anger.

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22 Feb 2016 // 10:28 AM

Aesop Rock - “Rings” (Singles Going Steady)

"Rings" shows Aesop Rock at his most lyrically venomous and rhythmically psychotic.

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19 Feb 2016 // 3:15 PM

Young Thug - “Worth It” (Singles Going Steady)

It's impressive that Young Thug can bring down the lights and the mood and still sound braggadocious and serene.

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Kanye West: The Life of Pablo

Because The Life of Pablo pulls from so many parts of West's career the end result, unsurprisingly, is an absolute mess.

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Fun Lovin’ Criminals: Come Find Yourself (20th Anniversary Edition)

The "DiFontaine Carting & Asbestos Removal Co." were wise to branch out into music.

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18 Feb 2016 // 3:15 AM

Young Thug: I’m Up

While I'm Up might be low on clear highs, it certainly doesn't have many low points. Young Thug releases what might be his most consistent effort to date.

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17 Feb 2016 // 11:02 AM

RJD2 - “The Sheboygan Left” (Singles Going Steady)

RJD2 seems to be throwing so many things at the wall just to see what sticks. Fortunately, almost everything here does.

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Grammys 2016: Thundercat Emerges From Shadows to Discuss ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’

Born Stephen Bruner, the bassist was one of Lamar’s secret weapons on To Pimp a Butterfly.

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12 Feb 2016 // 4:20 PM

Missy Elliott - “Pep Rally” (Singles Going Steady)

Missy is still exhilarating, but "Pep Rally" doesn't quite hold up to "WTF".

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Tyler, the Creator - “Perfect” feat. Kali Uchis and Austin Feinstein

A striking level of both daring and maturity emerges in the songwriting ability of Tyler, the Creator on this track.

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Karriem Riggins and J Rocc (360°) - “Lightworks” and “E=MC²”

Renaissance man Karriem Riggins slays on the traps over a medley of J Dilla tracks.

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Grammys 2016: Flying Lotus and L.A.‘s Experimental Music Scene Are Poised to Scoop Up Rewards

Flying Lotus is everywhere at this year’s Grammys, even when you can’t see him.

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Sean Anonymous - “Chapters” (video) (premiere)

On this new track rapper Sean Anonymous takes a break for a bit of slow jam.

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The Hot 8 Brass Band: Vicennial: 20 Years of the Hot 8 Brass Band

A nicely rounded collection of the old and new on a collection that teeters on flawed, then bounces back with high energy and deep musicianship.

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9 Feb 2016 // 3:30 AM

Future: EVOL

EVOL doesn’t stand up to Future's critical peaks, but this could easily be seen as but a release to tide fans over before the next blockbuster.

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The New Faith of Kendrick Lamar: Dramatic Unity in ‘good kid, m.A.A.d city’

Lamar's story is more that just a personal statement or expression; it seeks to bring light into a city corrupted by darkness.

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5 Feb 2016 // 11:30 AM

A$AP Rocky ft. Pharrell - “Hear Me” (Singles Going Steady)

A$AP Rocky is undeniably talented and has a number of rewind-worthy tracks, but this one’s a decent candidate for the dustbin.

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20 Jan 2016 // 1:00 PM

Rapper G-Eazy’s Career Is a Dream Come True

“It’s a challenge to go there, but I feel like some of the most powerful music is music that’s really personal and honest and open,” G-Eazy says of making himself vulnerable via his music.

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20 Jan 2016 // 3:15 AM

Future: Purple Reign

After one of rap's great runs, Future slows down by returning to the formula of the mixtape that started it all, minus the intangibles.

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Supernatural: Season 11, Episode 19 - "The Chitters"

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"Another stand-alone episode, but there's still plenty to discuss in the Supernatural world.

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