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Shabazz Palaces Headlines the “Mountain Series” from Pickathon (video) (premiere)

Shabazz Palaces perfectly exemplifies the Pickathon aesthetic as they have greatly expanded hip-hop's palette.

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29 Mar 2016 // 8:42 AM

BJ the Chicago Kid - “The New Cupid” feat. Kendrick Lamar

Just to prove it's 2016, Kendrick Lamar pops in, and it's an unforced appearance, not exploitative in the least. A funky, sexy, eclectic single.

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‘Real Love No Drama’ Is Longer on Praise for Mary J. Blige Than Context

One hopes Real Love No Drama will not be the last word on one of the most culturally significant black stars to emerge since hip-hop went pop in the late ‘80s.

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28 Mar 2016 // 1:20 AM

Nixxon: For No Good Reason

Nixxon's latest offers after-dark R&B drenched with the sweat of both sex and fright.

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28 Mar 2016 // 1:10 AM

Kano: Made in the Manor

Kano’s fifth LP sees the rapper revisiting his childhood haunts in an attempt to come to terms with his past.

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Macklemore and Ryan Lewis: This Unruly Mess I’ve Made

The only thing stranger than Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' new album is the mindset that the duo must've had when making it.

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Domo Genesis - “GO (GAS)” feat. Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J and Tyler, the Creator

A sloppy, drugged-out hip-hop bacchanalia, "Go (Gas)" is a no-frills collaboration between some of rap's heaviest hitters.

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22 Mar 2016 // 1:05 AM

Babyfather: Platinum Tears

In just 25 minutes, the self-styled Babyfather contrasts braggadocious raps with wildly shambolic instrumentation.

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21 Mar 2016 // 1:30 PM

Roots Manuva - “Crying” (Singles Going Steady)

"Crying" is such a powerful track that not only do I enjoy the auditory assault, I actually want more of it when the song finally ends.

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Lyrics Born Variety Show, Season 7 The Series Finale (mixtape) (premiere)

Lyrics Born conceives these sets as shows and there's an amazing flow from song to song, rather like a really well-produced radio show.

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Nyck Caution: Disguise the Limit

Pro Era member Nyck Caution proves that he's ready for the big leagues on his new mixtape.

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18 Mar 2016 // 10:30 AM

Terrace Martin - “Think of You” (Singles Going Steady)

"Think of You" is a beautiful, dreamy slice of heaven.

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L’Orange and Jeremiah Jae (feat. Homeboy Sandman) - “Ignore the Man to Your Right”

Not only is "Ignore the Man to Your Right" a killer song, it's also hip-hop that no other artists are doing right now.

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17 Mar 2016 // 1:14 PM

Homeboy Sandman - “Life Support” (Singles Going Steady)

Here's hoping Homeboy Sandman makes art as amazing as "Life Support" for years to come.

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Come to Dada: Maestro Gamin’s Hip-Hop Surrealism

Maestro Gamin's surreal and irregular grooves court hip-hop culture as much as they do jazz, his music transmitting from some Dadaist aperture of sound.

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14 Mar 2016 // 8:26 AM

Kirk Knight ft. Joey Bada$$ - “5 Minutes” (Singles Going Steady)

"5 Minutes" is a confrontational, indie-rap cogitation splayed out over a circular, melancholic beat.

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11 Mar 2016 // 10:35 AM

Kano - “Endz” (Singles Going Steady)

Kano expertly spits out the rhymes, and the stuttering beat and minimalist piano give everything a terrific edge.

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NxWorries (Anderson .Paak and Knxwledge) - “Link Up” (Singles Going Steady)

"Link Up" takes the avant-funk template pioneered by Kendrick Lamar on To Pimp a Butterfly and leans it back across a smooth, sophisti-pop groove.

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Kendrick Lamar: untitled unmastered

After a year of artistic triumph, Kendrick Lamar delves deeper into his thoughts and anxieties on an album that is anything but a lazy victory lap.

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The Life You Save May Be Your Own: The Rise of Toronto’s Nixxon

Redressing the issues of a troubled past, Toronto's Nixxon, a one-time musical associate of the Weeknd, cuts his own swath with the release of his new album -- a gothic-futurist exercise in R&B.

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Emerging from My Hiatus from Big Budget Games

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"I'd gotten burned out on scope and maybe on spectacle in video games, but I think it's time to return to bigger worlds to conquer.

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