COOL HUNTING /
HIP-HOP

Hip Hop

CULTURE
Ash Shakur: Never Alone
London-based Ash Shakur shares a properly uplifting message in his new track "Never Alone," which is impeccably produced by Scf Beats. The glittery song is intended for listeners who feel isolated and lonely, "When it feels like everything is over...
CULTURE
Terrace Martin Presents The Pollyseeds: Mama D/Leimert Park
From the lush record Sounds of Crenshaw Vol. 1, by Terrace Martin's supergroup The Pollyseeds, comes "Mama D/Leimert Park"—on which Martin (who produced Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly) plays all the instruments, as well as the vocoder-aided vocals...
CULTURE
2 Live Crew: Banned in the USA
Fresh Kid Ice aka Chris Wong Won of hardcore rap outfit 2 Live Crew has passed away. The Miami-based group drew plenty of controversy for their wild, sexually explicit lyrics—many of which were remarkably misogynistic—but this also made them poster...
LISTEN_UP
ListenUp
Princess Nokia: G.O.A.T. Princess Nokia's brand new video for the Wally West-produced "G.O.A.T." sees her rolling around the city in a bright red Polaris Slingshot three-wheeler. The NYC-based artist references her individuality and self-assurance...
CULTURE
Princess Nokia: G.O.A.T.
Princess Nokia's brand new video for the Wally West-produced "G.O.A.T." sees her rolling around the city in a bright red Polaris Slingshot three-wheeler. The NYC-based artist references her individuality and self-assurance throughout the cruise-y tune...
LISTEN_UP
ListenUp
Mobb Deep: Give Up The Goods Prodigy, one half of the legendary hip hop duo Mobb Deep, passed away this week at just 42 years old. Known for their brooding, sometimes eerie sound, Mobb Deep is widely considered one of New York's most influential hardcore...
LISTEN_UP
ListenUp
Cody ChesnuTT: It's in the Love While Cody ChesnuTT's 13-track record My Love Divine Degree is full of great tunes, "It's in the Love" is particularly glorious, acting as a reminder of ChesnuTT's knack for sweet, spirited songs. With squishy, fuzzy...
CULTURE
RichGains feat. Freddie Gibbs, ZZ Ward + Nico Segal: 7 Digits
From LA/Chicago-based producer RichGains' debut album, appropriately titled Gains, comes "7 Digits," a rap track bursting with soul. For the song, Gains partners with Freddie Gibbs and ZZ Ward—and incorporates riotous trumpet work from Nico Segal...
LISTEN_UP
ListenUp
MC Bin Laden: É Grau Olha pra Traz e da Tchau An incredibly catchy vocal sample sets up the simple rhythmic structure in "É Grau Olha pra Traz e da Tchau," a vrooming track from Sao Paolo sensation MC Bin Laden, and it's a great introduction to the...
CULTURE
Shabazz Palaces feat. Thaddillac: Shine a Light
From their upcoming record Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star (out 14 July), Shabazz Palaces has released "Shine a Light" featuring Thaddillac and it's buzzing with energy, darkness and fire. With an almost muttered intro ("It's heaven / It's heavy...
CULTURE
DJ Shadow Feat. Nas: Systematic
Two very big names in music have just released their first-ever collaboration. DJ Shadow and Nas joined forces for "Systematic," which embraces funky boom-bap, squelchy sounds and an old-school vibe but still sounds decidedly new. Nas, as always, delivers...
BOOKS_MUSIC_FILM
We Got it From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service
A Tribe Called Quest's first album in 18 years We Got it From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service was released late 2016 but still feels (like all of their records) super-fresh after countless listens. Featuring the likes of André 3000, Kendrick Lamar...
LISTEN_UP
ListenUp
Todd Rundgren feat. Robyn: That Could Have Been Me Premiering exclusively on Pitchfork, the legendary Todd Rundgren's newest track, "That Could Have Been Me" features none other than Swedish pop star Robyn. Rundgren (who initially garnered attention...
LINK-ABOUT-IT
Link About It: This Week's Picks
1. The Principals' Sound Journeys Using field recordings documented by Chris Watson (the guy behind all of David Attenborough's intoxicating wildlife documentaries), Brooklyn-based design studio The Principals recently created an interactive journey...
CULTURE
A Tribe Called Quest: We Got it From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service​
It's not often that we post an entire album in our Listen section, but the new A Tribe Called Quest record We Got it From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service​ is too wonderful to choose just one track from. The group's sixth studio album features the entire...
LISTEN_UP
ListenUp
Bat for Lashes: Joe's Dream For anyone who has yet to give Bat for Lashes' recently released wedding-themed album The Bride a listen, the official video for "Joe's Dream" offers lovely, haunting insight. In the video, Natasha Khan sings and slowly...
CULTURE
PM Dawn: Set Adrift On Memory Bliss
Perhaps best known for their stunning Spandau Ballet-sampling, Christina Appelgate-mentioning "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss," seminal hip-hop act PM Dawn lost founding member Prince Be (aka Attrell Cordes) who passed away at 46 years old. PM Dawn sparkled...
CULTURE
Interview: Warren G at Coachella
For anyone who has attended, or dreams of attending, Coachella's greatest allure might be the diversity of acts present spanning decades of cultural importance. One such act, hip-hop legend Warren G (who took the world by storm with his iconic...
FOOD_DRINK
Rap Lyric Fortune Cookies
Instead of the go-to generic, vague messages ("A dream you have will come true"), Fortune Cookie Flows are spelling out your future with rap lyrics. Quoting the likes of Nas, Missy Elliott, Kanye West, Ol’ Dirty Bastard and others, the messages aren...
CULTURE
D.R.A.M.: Don't Let D.R.A.M. Be A Hot Boy (Missy Elliott Remix)
Proving once again Missy Elliott's brand of music has literally no sell-by date, Virginia artist D.R.A.M. (aka Shelley Massenburg-Smith) has remixed her sublimely perfect Timbaland-produced "Hot Boyz" (from her 1998 album Da Real World) and taken the...
CULTURE
RJD2: Peace Of What
Veteran "beat-making nerd" RJD2 has wrapped up his sixth album, Dame Fortune, recorded while the Columbus, Ohio-based hip-hop instrumental producer was living in Philadelphia. Despite the upbeat, jazzy vibe in the album's debut single "Peace of What...
LISTEN_UP
ListenUp
High Water: Moonlight Mind High Water (aka NYC-based musician Will Epstein) has been mostly mum since releasing his debut EP The Beautiful Moon in 2013. With the celestial bodies in perfect alignment, he finally releases a new track, "Moonlight...
LISTEN_UP
ListenUp
Synkro: Midnight Sun Manchester, UK-based electronic music producer Synkro searches for the emotion within his instrumental tracks, regardless of what genre he's experimenting with. The track "Midnight Sun," off of Synkro's debut album Changes...
Loading More...