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12 Feb 2016 // 3:20 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 // 2:30 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 // 10:30 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 // 12:00 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 // 2:15 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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A Tribe Called Quest: People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm 25th Anniversary Edition

This is an anniversary worth celebrating, but is this repackaging the best way to celebrate?

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18 Dec 2015 // 2:30 AM

Rick Ross: Black Market

Black Market sounds like a simulacrum of Ross's critical peak, Rich Forever.

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French Montana & Fetty Wap: Coke Zoo

What do you get when you mix French Montana’s Coke Boys with Fetty Wap’s Zoo Gang? You get ‘Coke Zoo’, of course.

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DJ Krush: Butterfly Effect

After a ten-year hiatus, the trip-hop legend returns to find the times have caught up with him.

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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 // 2:04 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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Violin Virtuoso L. Subramaniam Mesmerizes in Rare New York Performance (Photos)

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"Co-presented by the World Music Institute, the 92Y hosted a rare and mesmerizing performance from India's violin virtuoso L. Subramaniam.

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