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Back and Badder Than Before: An Interview With Aesop Rock

PopMatters talks with the emcee about collaboration, releasing free music, and his soft spot for Miami Vice.

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Form Follows Function: ‘The Life of Pablo’ and ‘Blonde’ Challenge the Notion of an Album

Kanye West and Frank Ocean have created imperfect perfect albums which invert our notions of flaws and challenge our perception of the album as an art form.

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19 Dec 2016 // 2:45 AM

The Best Hip-Hop of 2016

In a year full of uncertainty and pessimism, the ever-stretching definition of what it means to be “hip-hop” was a welcome reprieve.

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12 Dec 2016 // 3:25 AM

Emanon: Dystopia

DJ Exile and Aloe Blacc cook up a politically infused storm on their first hip-hop release in 10 years.

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9 Dec 2016 // 3:15 AM

Lil Durk: They Forgot

They Forgot highlights Lil Durk’s gift for creating momentum.

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30 Nov 2016 // 3:20 AM

6LACK: FREE 6LACK

6LACK has carved out a niche in Atlanta by drawing from the Soundcloud production aesthetic and combining his rapping ability with a smooth, if at sometimes disaffected, voice.

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Maestro Gamin and Books One - “Future Calling” (audio)

Alongside producer Books One, rapper Maestro Gamin offers yet another dose of speaker medicine with "Future Calling".

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Rapper YG Reflects on His Prescient Song About 2016 Vote and the Nation’s Future

For weeks leading up to the election, YG and Nipsey Hussle’s single, “FDT", was a warning shot at a candidate whom many in the hip-hop community saw as a racist demagogue.

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A Tribe Called Quest: We Got It From Here, Thank You 4 Your Service

This is A Tribe Called Quest’s most political album, but those politics flow naturally from everything the group has given us throughout its existence.

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16 Nov 2016 // 11:20 AM

Anderson Paak - “Come Down” (Singles Going Steady)

This choice cut from Anderson Paak is a song fit to transform any dancefloor into a heaving mass of gyrating limbs.

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15 Nov 2016 // 9:11 AM

Zion I - “Gods Illa” (video) (premiere)

Zion I returns with a timely new album of politically engaged hip-hop and a banging new single and video.

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14 Nov 2016 // 3:05 AM

U.G.: Portals

Delivered through a mastery of dark spell, Portals finds rapper U.G. ensuring that his telesthetic rhymes are grounded in the loping swings of granite-heavy beats.

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Common: Black America Again

Chicago veteran returns with his 11th album, a record that sees Common reinvigorated and at his most potent and inspired, marking another entry into one of the most consistent discographies in hip-hop history.

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4 Nov 2016 // 12:00 PM

Kid Cudi - “Frequency” (Singles Going Steady)

Kid Cudi deals an intoxicating dose of psychedelic midnight sensuality and rolling beats on “Frequency”.

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L’Orange and Mr. Lif: The Life and Death of Scenery

North Carolina and Boston team up to save the world from overlords set to rid the world of art and culture, Star Wars meets Style Wars.

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2 Nov 2016 // 12:45 PM

Kaytranada - “You’re the One” feat. Syd (Singles Going Steady)

Kaytranada's classic, echoing beats, driving bass, and retro synth sounds provide the perfect backdrop for Syd's voice

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Lance Skiiiwalker: Introverted Intuition

It takes a special sort of hack to get 13 non-descript beats, do absolutely nothing worth noting over top of them, and then call it your debut album

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27 Oct 2016 // 2:20 AM

NxWorries: Yes Lawd!

Yes Lawd! wants to be a neo-soul version of Madvillainy or The Unseen or Donuts, but comes up short.

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26 Oct 2016 // 9:55 AM

Apollo Brown and Skyzoo - “A Couple Dollars (feat. Joell Ortiz)”

Skyzoo and Ortiz reflect on life with sincerity and vulnerability on top of Brown's old-school melody, and it makes for a warm, comforting track.

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25 Oct 2016 // 2:15 AM

Swet Shop Boys: Cashmere

Cashmere is a transatlantic hip-hop album that challenges representation of South Asian people in pop culture.

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