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Sean Price + DOOM: Negus
In partnership with Adult Swim, iconic and mysterious rapper DOOM will be releasing a new song each week for the next 14 weeks in a new project called The Missing Notebook Rhymes. The first track, "Negus," came out today and (posthumously) features...
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Soundgarden: Black Hole Sun After playing a show in Detroit this week, Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell sadly passed away at just 52 years old. Cornell—who was also the lead vocalist and songwriter for Audioslave—founded Soundgarden in 1984 with...
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A$AP Rocky feat. Frank Ocean, Lil Uzi Vert + Quavo: RAF
Thanks to Frank Ocean's Apple Music Beats 1 show, blonded Radio, we've all been granted access to a slew of one off tracks over the last few months that feature the beloved vocalist. The latest, a fashion-themed lyrical whirlwind known as "RAF" and...
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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...
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The Shins: Painting a Hole The fourth preview release from their forthcoming album Heartworms, "Painting a Hole" is a refreshing burst of psychedelic energy from The Shins. With kooky catchiness, pounding drums and a divinely palatable eccentricity...
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Skepta: Man Skepta's world domination is imminent: 6 May sees the release of his LP Konnichiwa, which many have been eagerly awaiting since the London-based MC and producer dropped the single "That's Not Me" (featuring his brother JME) back in...
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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...
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La Femme: Sphynx After their debut 2013 album Psycho Tropical Berlin, the trippy beach town rock band La Femme (hailing from Biarritz, France) is back to soundtrack our spring—or at least tonight's post-dusk adventures. "Sphynx" has the distinct pulling...
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Baauer feat. MIA + G-Dragon: Temple
"Harlem Shake" became a meme thanks to some air-humping Australian teens, but Brooklyn-based DJ and producer Baauer is no one-hit wonder. His latest dance track "Temple" raises the temperature with spitfire rhymes from MIA and G-Dragon (a Korean sensation...
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FloFilz feat. Barney Artist + Anthony Drawn: The Verb
Aachen, Germany-based producer and jazz-lover FloFilz, who also happens to be a classically trained violinist, wowed us with his 2014 album "Metronom"—full of tranquilizing two-to-three minute hip-hop instrumentals (be sure to also check out his take...
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Interview: Photographer Sophie Bramly on "Walk This Way"
Walking through Paramount Pictures Studios during the Paris Photo show in Los Angeles earlier this spring revealed photography both vintage and new, as well as literal and abstract. Tucked into a corner of "New York Street" backlot, specialty bookshop...
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Hot Chip: Started Right "Started Right"—the endearing single from Hot Chip's recently released sixth full-length album, Why Make Sense?—has been given video treatment in the form of a beautiful woman singing solo karaoke in a dimly lit bar. It...
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Youth Lagoon: The Knower Trevor Powers, aka Youth Lagoon, returns with his trademark brand of dreamy psychedelic-pop in "The Knower" from his upcoming album Savage Hills Ballroom. It will be his first LP since 2013's Wondrous Bughouse. The track...
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Despot: House of Bricks
Queens rapper Despot—who's collaborated with Vampire Weekend, Das Racist and Run the Jewels and is co-owner of Santos Party House—has been teasing at a debut album with Ratatat for years, and he finally offers a polished version of "House of Bricks...
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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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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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BADBADNOTGOOD + Ghostface Killah: Ray Gun ft. DOOM
On paper, a partnership between a Toronto-based jazz trio, a prominent member of Wu Tang Clan and one of hip-hop's more mysterious MCs might not sound like the most natural of unions. However "Ray Gun" sees Ghostface Killah and DOOM spitting verses...
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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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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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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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Beyonce: Drunk in Love (Brenmar and Finesse remix)
Casey Spooner, frontman of Fischerspooner, brought us this week's #PrivateJam during an interview about his upcoming book (stay tuned for that soon). He tells us that he's admittedly all over the place musically, but: "I'm currently listening to a...
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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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Link About It: This Week's Picks
1. Farewell, Sugar Man Director It surprised no one when Malik Bendjelloul won an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature at the 2013 Academy Awards. His film "Searching for Sugar Man" (which happened to be his directorial debut) won the hearts of fans...
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