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Lykke Li: Hard Rain
In 2015 Swedish singer/songwriter Lykke Li announced she was taking a break from performing and until recently it seemed she had all but retired. After hinting at new music, today she has released two songs from her upcoming album So Sad So Sexy. The...
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Channel Tres: Controller
LA-based producer/vocalist Channel Tres has recreated some classic Detroit house music for "Controller," blending it seamlessly with gravelly hip-hop. The banger is smooth, while remaining just gritty enough—and the combination is entirely seductive...
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Empress Of: Trust Me Baby Three years since her debut album Me, Empress Of (aka singer/songwriter, Lorely Rodriguez) has released two new songs: "In Dreams" and "Trust Me Baby"—both written, produced, engineered and performed by Rodriguez. The latter...
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Drake: Nice For What
Drake's new track (featuring Big Freedia and Letitia Wright on the bridge) "Nice For What" is a sheer celebration of women—specifically independent women—despite heavily sampling Lauryn Hill’s "Ex-Factor" which is about distrust of a lover. (Hill's...
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The Sorority: On Me
A testament to sisterhood and solidarity, the four members of The Sorority (pHoenix Pagliacci, Keysha Freshh, Lex Leosis and Haviah Mighty) found themselves competing in a cypher for International Women's Day two years ago. Now a progressive four-piece...
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Lou Phelps feat. Jazz Cartier: Come Inside Canadian rapper Lou Phelps joins forces with KAYTRANADA (who also happens to be his brother) and Jazz Cartier for the buoyant bop "Come Inside." Seemingly crafted for a summertime outdoor dance floor, the...
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Czarface + MF DOOM: Bomb Thrown
Hip-hop supergroup Czarface (7L, Esoteric and Wu-Tang Clan member Inspectah Deck) have teamed up with masked rapper MF DOOM for the potent "Bomb Thrown" from their upcoming collaboration Czarface Meets Metal Face! Booming and gritty, the song makes...
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Craig Mack feat. Notorious BIG, LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes + Rampage: Flava In Ya Ear (Remix)
Craig Mack—the first artist signed to Sean Combs' Bad Boy label—has passed away at just 46 years old. First making waves when he was featured on a remix of Mary J. Blige's "You Don't Have To Worry" (1993), he rose to fame at the same time as Notorious...
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Abhi The Nomad: Marbled
In a true fusion of genres, Abhi The Nomad blends hip-hop, electronic, jazz and more on "Marbled" from his EP of the same name. The bop changes up in rhythm (while remaining super-catchy) as his flow remains effortless and flawless. Previous tunes...
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"Bizarre Ride II" 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
Released in 1992 via Delicious Vinyl Records, Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde is turning 25 years old—and to celebrate, this deluxe edition is available for pre-order now. Including a double-LP along with three 12" singles, there are also brand new liner...
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Blu & Exile: Constellations A decade after the release of their acclaimed boom-bap debut album Below the Heavens, the glorious duo Blu & Exile have dropped a new tune. The boppy "Constellations" will appear on their new record (a prequel for their...
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Link About It: This Week's Picks
1. Beautifying Neglected Basketball Courts With Project Backboard Founded in 2014 by Daniel Peterson, Project Backboard refurbishes neglected basketball courts by commissioning artists to make them works of art. Initially in Memphis, the project...
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Blu & Exile: Constellations
A decade after the release of their acclaimed boom-bap debut album Below the Heavens, the glorious duo Blu & Exile have dropped a new tune. The boppy "Constellations" will appear on their new record (a prequel for their debut) In the Beginning: Before...
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Oddisee: Never Lived
The latest song to be featured in Adult Swim's Singles Program is by hip-hop artist Oddisee (aka Amir Mohamed el Khalifa), whose The Iceberg was released in February this year. His knack for impeccably crafted tunes that blend elements—from hip-hop...
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Limited Edition "DAMN" Vinyl
The red lettering on the album cover of Kendrick Lamar's fourth studio record DAMN now has a complementary limited edition translucent red vinyl pressing. With only 2000 copies, the two-LP record will surely sell out. One of the strongest music offerings...
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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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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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