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‘Beat Street’ Vividly Captures the Early Hip-Hop Years

As a document of the early days of hip-hop, Beat Street still holds its own as one of the films to have captured the musical culture in its most transitional phase.

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2 Mar 2016 // 4:20 PM

ILOVEMAKONNEN - “Sellin” (Singles Going Steady)

Makonnen's flow is sloppy, dumbstruck, twisting through elliptical organ pulses, made-in-the-garage 808's, and a lithe, writhing flute motif.

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2 Mar 2016 // 1:00 PM

J Dilla - “The Introduction” (Singles Going Steady)

Bold, intense, with skillful rhyming and an incredible array of sonic textures, another sad reminder of a brilliant artist gone too soon.

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Rome Fortune: Jerome Raheem Fortune

Jerome Raheem Fortune isn't Fool's Gold's best hip-hop release, but it's undeniably its most interesting.

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26 Feb 2016 // 12:08 PM

Saul Williams - “The Noise Came From Here” (Singles Going Steady)

Ferguson needs protest anthems, and this is a terrific one.

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There’s Something About Adrian: An Interview With Hip-Hop / Soul Producer Adrian Younge

Having just released the second installment of Something About April, Adrian Younge pauses to reflect on the art he makes and why the way he makes it makes a difference.

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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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20 Questions: Rachael Yamagata

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"After a four year break since her last album, Rachael Yamagata reveals a love of spreadsheets, a love for Streisand, and why it's totally OK to suck at playing guitar.

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