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Brown Sugar Turns 20

When D’Angelo recorded Brown Sugar, neo-soul did not exist. Think about that. There were a few artists like Tony! Toni! Toné! or Joi who were messing around on the classicist end of R&B, but that’s really all the album had in terms of precedent. That whole subgenre had not yet come into existence. The woode… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 2, 2015 - 3:16 pm

Migos – “Real Street Nigga”

Wild-ass legal issues notwithstanding, young Atlanta rap kings Migos are still planning on releasing their proper debut LP YRN: Tha Album later this month. And judging by everything we’ve been hearing thus far, Album Migos are not going to be any different from Mixtape Migos. Possible album tracks like “Origin” and “One Time” are just… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 2, 2015 - 12:16 pm

Skepta – “Back Then”

The London grime rapper Skepta has been on a serious roll lately, releasing great tracks like “Shutdown” and “Lukey World” even if his new album still isn’t anywhere in sight. His latest is “Back Then,” in which he tweaks Mike Jones’ old “back then they didn’t want me” line while producer Plastician puts a grime… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 2, 2015 - 11:58 am

Watch Chris Martin Play A Surprise Acoustic Set At A Bar In India

Perhaps because his Game Of Thrones musical didn’t work out, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin appears to be walking the earth like Kane in Kung Fu, playing impromptu acoustic sets just wherever. Martin is apparently in India right now, and he recently stopped by a small bar in Delhi to play a quick set for whoever… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 2, 2015 - 11:22 am

The Alchemist – “Voodoo” (Feat. Action Bronson)

Always-busy stoner-rap producer the Alchemist is about to release a new mostly-instrumental album called — swear to God — Retarded Alligator Beats. The album only features one guest, and that guest is Alc’s frequent collaborator Action Bronson. On the single “Voodoo,” Bronson attacks Alc’s tumbling breakbeats and oblique string-stabs, talking about stashing the acid i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 2, 2015 - 10:53 am

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This is the problem with quoting lyrics from memory. Fixed, thank you.
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June 30, 2015 on Album Of The Week: Vince Staples Summertime ’06
That actually came out last week, something I didn't realize when I wrote the Sorority Noise AOTW. If I'd know, I probably woulda picked HoF last week.
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June 23, 2015 on Album Of The Week: Bully Feels Like
Yup, sure will. My Mondays are about to get a whole lot easier!
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June 23, 2015 on Album Of The Week: Bully Feels Like
That should've been "abandoned amusement park." I've been to some damn amusement parks; don't worry. Giallos are Italian horror movies from the '70s (which you could've easily googled), and so giallo lighting is lighting like in those movies.
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June 19, 2015 on The 5 Best Videos Of The Week
For some reason, I was totally convinced that the High On Fire joint was coming out next week. If I'd realized it was today, I probably would've made it AOTW. It rules. At least now next week's choice is easier.
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June 16, 2015 on Album Of The Week: Sorority Noise Joy, Departed
Cases of rappers publicly calling out and harassing specific female journalists are extremely rare. I can think of exactly one, and I've been covering this shit for a decade.
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June 2, 2015 on Mark Kozelek Targets “Bitch” Journalist Who “Wants To Fuck” Him
That's not really the way criticism works.
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June 2, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Sun Kil Moon Universal Themes
Man everyone watched In Living Color.
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June 1, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Sun Kil Moon Universal Themes
I knew what this was before I clicked on it, and I was still absolutely delighted.
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May 21, 2015 on A$AP Rocky’s At.Long.Last.A$AP Features Kanye West, M.I.A., Lil Wayne, UGK
At any moment, there are so many Rich Gang tracks out there, put out officially and leaked, that it's hard to keep up with them. I honestly don't think I heard that one before today, but even if I had, it would've been pretty easy to miss that line if I hadn't been intently listening.
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May 13, 2015 on Rich Homie Quan Raps About Raping Somebody, Offers Feeble Apology