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Common feat. Mary J Blige: Come Close Our #TBT this week, taking us back to 2002, is "Come Close," Common's gentle serenade for true love featuring R&B queen Mary J. Blige. Both artists—along with No Doubt, Usher, Fall Out Boy, and even a couple...
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Shit Robot feat. Reggie Watts: Where It's At Irish DJ and DFA Records regular Shit Robot (aka Marcus Lambkin) collaborates once again with the talented Reggie Watts for the single "Where It's At." Watts pokes fun at the historic Chicago dance genre...
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Kendrick Lamar: To Pimp A Butterfly Kendrick Lamar’s new album has been hotly anticipated ever since he closed out the final episode of the Colbert Report with the anthemic line, “We don’t die, we multiply.” The wait is over a week earlier than...
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Black Milk: I Guess
Ahead of his upcoming tour—happening thanks to his 2014 album If There’s A Hell Below—rapper/producer Black Milk (aka Curtis Cross) has released the predictably solid "I Guess." Like much of Black Milk's music, the track seems entirely effortless while...
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Kendrick Lamar: To Pimp A Butterfly
Kendrick Lamar’s new album has been hotly anticipated ever since he closed out the final episode of the Colbert Report with the anthemic line, “We don’t die, we multiply.” The wait is over a week earlier than expected, with Lamar dropping To Pimp a...
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Young Fathers: Shame
Edinburgh-based Young Fathers caught the attention of the world in the fall of 2014 when they were given the prestigious Mercury Prize (awarded for the best album of the year from the UK and Ireland) for their debut record Dead. Though categorized...
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Kelela: A Message Rising singer/songwriter Kelela released a slow-burning but spectacular track from her upcoming EP Hallucinogen, called "A Message," which was co-written with Venezuelan producer Arca (who also co-produced Björk's Vulnicura). The...
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Cool Hunting Video: Photographer Jonathan Mannion
If you've ever wondered who is behind the cover art for some of hip-hop's most iconic albums then you may be familiar with Jonathan Mannion. With almost 20 years in the industry, the Ohio-born photographer has made a name for himself snapping photos...
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Rihanna feat. Paul McCartney and Kanye West: FourFiveSeconds It's not every day Kanye West teams up with Sir Paul McCartney, though lately it's been a fortnightly affair and recent developments suggest the Beatles frontman is producing West's next...
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Panda Bear: Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper Citing '90s hip-hop and R&B as influences, and sampling material from Debussy and even Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker suite (heard in "Tropic of Cancer"), Panda Bear's new album is all about rhythmic swings...
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Ratking: Snow Beach
NYC hip-hop trio Ratking represents the next generation of gritty rap that is quintessentially New York. Citing wide-ranging inspirations from the Wu Tang Clan to the Ramones, the group's unique style is a harmonious representation of the city's edgier...
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Interview: Yung Lenox on the "Live Fast, Draw Yung" Documentary
If you're not yet aware of the little creative phenomenon that is Yung Lenox, prepare to be charmed by the seven-year-old artist who spends many of his free hours creating illustrations of rappers and iconic hip-hop album covers. From Cam'ron's pink...
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Song of the Car: 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe 2.0
Welcome to Planet Cadillactica, a far-off galaxy where cars are creations from the past that feel like the future. The storied automaker's past has been celebrated by a new generation, who have transformed 1970s Cadillacs into works of unapologetic...
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Kalimist K Boog Gives Funk a Modern Facelift
The words "hip-hop," "funk" and " Tel Aviv" usually aren't uttered in the same sentence, but one musician is making sure it will soon become commonplace. Daniel Kalimist has been flying under the radar for some time, DJing at local venues like Pasaz...
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The Gotobeds: Poor People Are Revolting
The team at NPR Music has a serious knack for finding new talent, and this week they highlight that in their album stream of Poor People Are Revolting, the debut LP from Pittsburgh's energetic shredders, The Gotobeds. Described as "a rowdy, ramshackle...
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Mamas Gun: Red Cassette
For this week's #PrivateJam, we finally take our turn to share. Cool Hunting founder Josh Rubin (whose eternal jam is likely Shuggie Otis' "Inspiration Information") tells us he's recently become smitten with the London-based five-piece Mamas Gun...
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Kilo Kish: Locket The imitable and charming Kilo Kish has returned with "Locket," off her Kitsuné-released Across EP. In her trademark dreamy style, Kish offers a chilled out track—her vocals floating atop the slowed-down beat. To match the song...
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Kilo Kish: Locket
The imitable and charming Kilo Kish has returned with "Locket," off her Kitsuné-released Across EP. In her trademark dreamy style, Kish offers a chilled out track—her vocals floating atop the slowed-down beat. To match the song, there's now a video...
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Homeboy Sandman: Problems
Queens, New York's Homeboy Sandman is a true MC's MC. The University of Pennsylvania grad ditched law school to pursue his career in music after earning his stripes performing live in clubs and releasing mixtapes adored by hip-hop heads and industry...
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Christopher Owens: Never Wanna See That Look Again
In anticipation of his second solo album, the former lead singer of now-disbanded Girls, Christopher Owens, shared yet another track from the LP. "Never Wanna See That Look Again" has potential to be a sappy addition to an indie film's soundtrack...
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Gorgeous Children: How We Do It Starting out with playful tooting and honking that sounds like it belongs in an old-fashioned animation, Gorgeous Children's "How We Do It" quickly morphs into a breezy, but ultimately sex-driven song. Made up of...
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Le Sins: Bother
Toro Y Moi, or Chaz Bundick, has dabbled in making dance-ier house music under the Les Sins moniker for some time, like 2012's singles "Fetch" and "Taken." This fall, Bundick further develops the alter-ego he's built with a full-length LP Michael...
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Lauryn Hill: Black Rage (Sketch)
After the recent shooting of unarmed African-American teenager, Michael Brown, by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, controversy ensued with race relations at the forefront. An outpouring of responses came in from various stakeholders and...
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Gorgeous Children: How We Do It
Starting out with playful tooting and honking that sounds like it belongs in an old-fashioned animation, Gorgeous Children's "How We Do It" quickly morphs into a breezy, but ultimately sex-driven song. Made up of rapper Face Vega and producer Gilamonsta...
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Darkside: What They Say
Although they officially formed in 2011 with an experimental three-track EP, it was last summer that saw Darkside gain a cult following when they remixed the entirety of Daft Punk's Random Access Memories. The duo quickly followed up with an LP called...
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