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Street Roving in ‘Downtown 81’ and ‘Wild Style’

These two films speak earnestly to the nature of creativity and the sense of urgency one often experiences in producing a work of art – especially when faced with little to no means during the creative process.

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17 May 2016 // 2:30 AM

World Renown: An Interview With Mr. Lif

It's been seven years since we last got an album from Mr. Lif, but his journey towards his latest involved seeing old friends and (of course) a Balkan brass band.

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12 May 2016 // 10:00 AM

Skepta - “Man” (Singles Going Steady)

"Man" showcases Skepta's nimble, fist-clenched flow and idiosyncratic approach to English grime.

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10 May 2016 // 9:14 AM

The Notorious B.I.G. - “Juicy” (Singles Going Steady Classic)

No matter how many hipster cliches and gentrification stories come out of Brooklyn on a weekly basis, "Juicy" is still the national anthem here.

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Death Grips: Bottomless Pit

While Bottomless Pit is slightly more subdued than Death Grips' earlier work, it's just as fantastic.

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2Pac ft. Dr. Dre - “California Love” (Singles Going Steady Classic)

"California Love" is what you get when you mix one of the greatest West Coast rappers with West Coast's greatest producer, and then bring in funk legend Roger Troutman for safe measure.

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5 May 2016 // 2:30 AM

Drake: Views

Views is step backwards in quality, certainly, but it’s a step sideways in some ways.

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Portraiture in a Human Form: An Interview with Aesop Rock

Aesop Rock: "I think I'm always surprised at how much the musicians I meet put weight on things that aren't music."

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Egyptian Lover - “I Cry (Night After Night)” Featuring Dam-Funk, Folerio and More (Singles Going Ste

The track smacks of the multi-genre pop savvy and creative eccentricity of Prince, yet still emphatically radiates the uniqueness of Egyptian Lover's personal aesthetic.

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Aesop Rock: The Impossible Kid

On his excellent new album, Aesop Rock plays with autobiography as a construction. Rock tells some version of his story brilliantly here, and it doesn't matter what is and isn't fact; it all rings true anyway.

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Run the Jewels - “Love Again (feat. Gangsta Boo)” (Singles Going Steady)

Run the Jewels is one of the best hip-hop groups of the 2010s, and "Love Again" is one of their best songs yet.

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FKi 1st and NJOMZA - “For What It’s Worth” (Singles Going Steady)

"For What It's Worth" is an atmospheric R&B slow jam that seems to be on the verge of a self-destructive nervous breakdown

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28 Apr 2016 // 8:15 AM

Gallant: Ology

Even today’s newest artists find much value to be found in the Purple One’s music.

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26 Apr 2016 // 11:41 AM

Bas feat. the Hics - “Matches” (Singles Going Steady)

Bas' recent album, Too High to Riot, is a decent, laid back hip-hop album, and "Matches" is a prime example of that.

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ASAP Ferg: Always Strive and Prosper

ASAP Ferg takes a more serious and conceptual route on his sophomore album, and the change of pace pays off big time.

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Terrace Martin: Velvet Portraits

With Velvet Portraits, Martin continues on his quest to become a modern jazz-fusion great while also giving a nod to his Los Angeles roots in the process.

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25 Apr 2016 // 7:25 AM

Royce Da 5’9: Layers

Layers challenges the frontrunners of contemporary hip-hop with inspired storytelling and top-notch MCing.

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Kanye and Mingus: Gifted, Complicated and Proud of It

Charles Mingus and Kanye West represent an extreme form of the complicated-and-proud-of-it black man, within a society that prefers its black men as uncomplicated and untroubling as possible.

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22 Apr 2016 // 2:20 AM

J Dilla: The Diary

Fifteen years after J Dilla signed a two-album deal with MCA, his solo rap album The Diary is finally seeing release.

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22 Apr 2016 // 2:10 AM

RJD2: Dame Fortune

Master hip-hop bricoleur RJD2 creates a set of arresting electro-funk beat-impulses on his new LP.

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Indie Horror Month 2016: Diving into 'Reveal the Deep'

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"In Reveal the Deep, the light only makes you more aware of the darkness

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