Articles tagged team shadetek, hip-hop

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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Various Artists: Young Art Sound

On TOKiMONSTA's electric Young Art label, the bold thrive. Young Art Sound is a brilliant showcase of what the crew can do.

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‘Muslim Cool’ Puts Its Faith in Hip-Hop, and Hip-Hop in Its Faith

Where Chance the Rapper injects spirituality into hip-hop, Muslim Cool injects hip-hop into spirituality.

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23 Feb 2017 // 12:00 PM

D.R.A.M. - “Cute” (Singles Going Steady)

D.R.A.M. redeems the term "cute" and makes an appealing plea for its return as a compliment.

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22 Feb 2017 // 11:40 AM

CONTEST: Win a Season Pass for VH1’s ‘The Breaks’

Win a Season Pass to VH1's new '90s hip-hop series, The Breaks.

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20 Feb 2017 // 3:20 AM

Big Sean: I Decided

Is Big Sean cool? I Decided has done little to sway that to a “yes".

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Quelle Chris: Being You Is Great, I Wish I Could Be You More Often

Quelle Chris has made an ambitious project that is an off-kilter hike through different faces of equally forward-thinking and revivalist hip-hop.

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14 Feb 2017 // 11:35 AM

Chance the Rapper - “Same Drugs” (Singles Going Steady)

Chance the Rapper crafts a warm, soulful ballad about resisting life’s changes even as loved ones give in.

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Migos: C U L T U R E (take 2)

Migos’ second studio album, Culture, is a victory lap and a statement of intent.

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10 Feb 2017 // 11:00 AM

Kate Tempest - “Europe Is Lost” (Singles Going Steady)

This is exactly the time when protest music should be coming back in full force, and Kate Tempest hits us where it should hurt, reminding us what we should be caring about and what we do care about.

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10 Feb 2017 // 3:20 AM

P.O.S: Chill, Dummy

P.O.S was taken out of commission by kidney failure. Almost five years after his previous album, he's back with a fresh perspective and a renewed energy.

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9 Feb 2017 // 12:00 PM

Big Sean - “Halfway Off the Balcony” (Singles Going Steady)

Big Sean's latest is an anxious stream-of-consciousness narrative, his verse flowing over discordant and menacing piano with a horror movie vibe.

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9 Feb 2017 // 3:00 AM

Bragging Rights: An Interview With Kool Keith

The alien MC speaks about where he's come from, where he's going, and how many of his verses may never see the light of day.

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Missy Elliott - “I’m Better” feat. Lamb (Singles Going Steady)

This music video further confirms how adept Missy Elliott is at synthesizing fashion, song, and dance to make potent artistic statements.

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7 Feb 2017 // 4:00 AM

Chicago’s Chance

Chance the Rapper’s prideful ambition is reshaping Chicago’s cultural narrative.

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NYFF 2017: 'Mudbound'

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"Dee Rees’ churning and melodramatic epic follows two families in 1940s Mississippi, one black and one white, and the wars they fight abroad and at home.

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