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Killer Mike - "Big Beast" NSFW (Video) + Tour Dates

Killer Mike has just dropped his video for the single "Big Beast" featuring featuring Bun B and T.I. The NSFW video comes across as a take on a Robert Rodriguez film.

Biographical shock value aside, R.A.P. Music provides enough jaw drops on its own merits that it's sure to be a record that comes to define 2010s hip-hop in some way. It opens with "Big Beast", a track that would probably be saved for second or third on most records but here is thrust into the leadoff spot, dropping you right into R.A.P. Music's unrelentingly confrontational atmosphere without grace or subtlety. This is to music listening as Mike Tyson is to boxing, all fury and iron. Featuring two of the only guest raps on the record (Trouble also handles the hook, and El-P appears later on the accurately christened "Butane"), "Big Beast" is exactly that -- when T.I. casually drops the line "Drankin' on that Hennessey, blowin' on that canibus, Amerikkka's nightmare, trap nigga fantasy" and actually finds the rhythm to pronounce each of the k's in that Ice Cube reference, not only is it awesomely gripping but further proof that for all T.I.'s album gaffs he can bring a technicality to his performances that few of his peers can approach. That El-P's beat is so distinctly southern in its brashness and yet maintains plenty of El-P touchstones is just icing on the cake. -- David Amidon

TOUR DATES

06-19 Atlanta, GA - Masquerade *#^

06-20 New Orleans, LA - House of Blues *#^

06-21 Dallas, TX - Granada *#^

06-22 Houston, TX - Warehouse Live *#^

06-23 Austin, TX - Mohawk *#^

06-25 Phoenix, AZ - Crescent *#^

06-26 San Diego, CA - Casbah *#^

06-28 Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex *#^

06-29 San Francisco, CA - Regency *#^

06-30 Portland, OR - Hawthorne *#^

07-01 Seattle, WA - Neumo's *#^

07-02 Vancouver, British Columbia - Fortune *#^

07-05 Minneapolis, MN - Fineline *#^

07-06 Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge *#^

07-07 Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop *#^

07-08 Ann Arbor, MI - Blind Pig *#^

07-11 Boston, MA - Paradise *#^

07-12 Providence, RI - The Met *#^

07-14 Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero #^

07-15 Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel *#^

* with Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire

# with El-P

^ with Despot

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Inane Political Discourse, or, Alan Partridge's Parody Politics

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"I evolve, I don't…revolve."
-- Alan Partridge

Alan Partridge began as a gleeful media parody in the early '90s but thanks to Brexit he has evolved into a political one. In print and online, the hopelessly awkward radio DJ from Norwich, England, is used as an emblem for incompetent leadership and code word for inane political discourse.

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Winner of the 2017 Ameripolitan Music Award for Best Rockabilly Female stakes her claim with her band on accomplished new set.

Lara Hope & The Ark-Tones

Love You To Life

Label: Self-released
Release Date: 2017-08-11
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Lara Hope and her band of roots rockin' country and rockabilly rabble rousers in the Ark-Tones have been the not so best kept secret of the Hudson Valley, New York music scene for awhile now.

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