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Many Strings to a Fiddle: The (Other)Worldly Sounds of QViolin

An astonishing performer of mixed heritage, Quetzal Guerrero (QViolin) finds a balance between down home earthy blues and the simmering elegance of otherworldly Latin rock.

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Empire: Season 2, Episode 10 - “Et tu, Brute?”

Given this episode's recycling of season one's plot, it seems as though we’ve maybe seen most of what Empire has to offer.

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2 Dec 2015 // 3:04 AM

Roots Manuva: Bleeds

Roots Manuva proves that he stands high above the game on the fantastic Bleeds

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Freddie Gibbs: Shadow of a Doubt

On Shadow of a Doubt, nostalgia and desperation coat some of these songs, making the pain of them seem realer, while also giving us new angles on common crime-rap tropes.

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Empire: Season 2, Episode 9 - “Sinned Against”

This week's episode "Sinned Against" was aptly titled, as it seemed a blatant transgression against believability and audience investment in the show.

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Empire: Season 2, Episode 8 - “My Bad Parts”

At only halfway through the show’s second season, there is still a lot of space for Empire's writers to surprise us, but the further the show strays into melodramatic cliche, the less likely it seems they will.

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24 Nov 2015 // 3:05 AM

J Dilla: Dillatronic

Ma Dukes digs into her late son's backlog of unreleased work for a 41-track album of instrumental cuts influenced by electronic music.

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18 Nov 2015 // 3:15 AM

CeeLo Green: Heart Blanche

A decent album of pop-soul is dragged down by its three worst tracks, which also happen to be the record's biggest and boldest.

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Empire: Season 2, Episodes 5-6 - “A High Hope for a Low Heaven” / “True Love Never”

By introducing new plot lines and dramatic twists and turns without ever really capitalizing on the ones already set up, Empire's offering too many loose ends and half-developed characters about whom it's incredibly difficult to care.

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11 Nov 2015 // 4:30 PM

Adian Coker - “Been There”

The British rapper's latest material sees him minimizing the aggression of his grittier excursions for a cooled and measured flow of liquid rhymes.

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11 Nov 2015 // 2:30 PM

90BPM - “Istanbul” (video)

A strange and catchy sampling of what is brewing in Turkey's underground hip-hop scene, 90BPM offer their latest single from their premiere album.

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The Bad Tenants - “Loudmouths” (video) (premiere)

Sometimes all you need for a good music video is a cube van and some imagination.

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F.Y.I. - “Hueman” (audio) (premiere)

The LA rapper delivers a strong, thoughtful message on his new track.

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Spoken-Hearted: An Interview With OVEOUS

Finding a softly sensual counterpoint to the minimal robotic grooves, rapper OVEOUS employs a haunting and hot-blooded practice in humanizing the machine.

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Freddie Gibbs - “Fuckin’ Up the Count” (Singles Going Steady)

Hearing Freddie rap is the closest anyone has come to sounding like Tupac without explicitly trying to sound like Tupac.

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A$AP Rocky + Wiz Khalifa: The O2, London

What happens when two of the most relevant hip-hop artists launch a co-headlining UK arena tour? London turns the f**k up, that’s what.

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MC Lars: The Zombie Dinosaur LP

The Zombie Dinosaur LP isn't going to bridge the gap between mc chris and the A$AP Mob, but Lars fans are sure to enjoy it.

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2 Nov 2015 // 2:05 AM

Blackalicious: Imani

Blackalicious's first album in 10 years (part 1 in a trilogy) is an unflinching look at family dynamics. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the genre of dad-rap.

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27 Oct 2015 // 3:00 AM

“Music Is Colorblind”: An Interview with MFBTY

As one of Korea's biggest rap groups, MFBTY still strive for a universal themes relatable to a worldwide audience, and with Wondaland, they may reach their biggest audience yet.

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B.B. King and UGK: The Trill Is Gone

On The Trill Is Gone, Amerigo Gazaway surpasses “best mash-up album of the year/decade” talk, and enters in the conversation for one of the year’s best, no qualifiers needed.

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Bad Graphics Are Still Impressive in ‘Spirits of Xanadu’

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"Spirits of Xanadu wrings emotion and style out of its low fidelity graphics.

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