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In 2014, rap’s biggest names more or less sat the year out. Kanye West never got around to releasing that populist masterwork he’s been promising. Drake threw a bunch of great songs up on Soundcloud rather than compiling those songs into an LP. Jay Z went on tour with his wife but gave us no… More »

I have been awake since Run The Jewels dropped RTJ2 around 3 this morning, and I am barely keeping my brain from turning into pink fuzz, so I will forgo my usual state-of-the-music video paragraph here and tell you that you don’t need to watch any of these videos. They’re good, but you have no… More »

At Sunday night’s VMAs, MTV awarded its Video Of The Year trophy to Miley Cyrus’ butt-naked tearsploitation Terry Richardson vision “Wrecking Ball,” and Miley brought a homeless model (?) to the stage to accept the award. Immediately afterward, Beyoncé, whose “Drunk In Love” video was nominated and lost, came to the stage to give a… More »

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Status Ain’t Hood: The Unfathomable Loss Of Sean Price

When Sean Price came into rap music 20 years ago, he was standing next to a rail-thin, crazy-eyed six-foot-eight rap demon with a Busta Rhymes-esque…
Tom Breihan | August 12, 2015 - 11:01 am
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Shabazz Palaces – “The Mystery Of Lonnie The Døn”

The astral hip hop duo Shabazz Palaces just released a new song titled "The Mystery Of Lonny The Døn" as part of the Adult Swim…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | August 11, 2015 - 11:57 am
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Photos: Pickathon 2015

Pickathon took place this past weekend at Pendarvis Farm in Oregon’s Happy Valley. Ty Segall performed with Wand as a backing band, alongside Ex Hey,…
Stereogum | August 3, 2015 - 2:48 pm
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THEESatisfaction – “EarthEE” (Feat. Shabazz Palaces, Porter Ray, & Erik Blood) Video

THEESatisfaction, Shabazz Palaces, and Porter Ray are all unique stars in the Seattle-based collective Black Constellation, a group of musicians and artists who are responsible…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | July 20, 2015 - 12:57 pm
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Artist Portraits From Bonnaroo 2015

If you didn’t make it down to Bonnaroo, chances are you checked out the livestream that we hosted here on the site, or at least…
Stereogum | June 15, 2015 - 2:57 pm
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Adult Swim Announces 2015 Singles Series With Danny Brown, Chromatics, Run The Jewels, FlyLo, Sia x SOPHIE, & More

Adult Swim's annual singles series is back for the sixth time starting next week, and as usual the Cartoon Network offshoot has rounded up a…
Chris DeVille | June 5, 2015 - 12:01 pm
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Tal National – “Farila (Chimurenga Renaissance Remix)” (Stereogum Premiere)

Tal National released their first album outside Niger, Kaani, in 2013. Since then, the West African collective has toured throughout both their home country and…
Caitlin White | April 29, 2015 - 9:58 am

THEESatisfaction – “EarthEE” (Feat. Shabazz Palaces, Porter Ray, & Erik Blood)

It wouldn't surprise anyone to learn that bleeding edge rap duo THEESatisfaction hail from Seattle. They share a similar cosmic aesthetic with labelmates and occasional…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | February 3, 2015 - 11:16 am

Shabazz Palaces – “Forerunner Foray” Video

Seattle art-rappers Shabazz Palaces only ever make great videos, and their new clip for the Lese Majesty track "Forerunner Foray" is a fine entry into…
Tom Breihan | January 9, 2015 - 10:55 am
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Shabazz Palaces – “Ham Sandwich”

Shabazz Palaces has shared a new track called "Ham Sandwich" to round out the end of the year in style. Featuring the duo's characteristic vaporou…
James Rettig | December 31, 2014 - 1:47 pm
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Shabazz Palaces – “#CAKE (Animal Collective Premature Deflirt Mix)”

Listening to Shabazz Palaces' "#CAKE" is already a weird enough experience, so leave it to perennial freaks Animal Collective to make it even weirder. Their…
James Rettig | December 5, 2014 - 10:53 am
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THEESatisfaction – “Recognition” (Feat. Shabazz Palaces & Erik Blood)

Seattle art-rap duo THEESatisfaction are nearly three years from releasing their debut album awE NaturalE, though they've given us the odd EP or mixtape since…
Tom Breihan | December 1, 2014 - 11:51 am
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Adult Jazz – “Springful (Shabazz Palaces Remix)”

Adult Jazz, from Leeds, and Shabazz Palaces, from Seattle, work in different genres, but their respective approaches are similar. Adult Jazz turn Talk Talk-style art-po…
Tom Breihan | October 23, 2014 - 10:04 am

Shabazz Palaces – “Motion Sickness” Video

For their new music video for "Motion Sickness," Shabazz Palaces opt for intimacy instead of trying to top the ambitious, sprawling visuals for their recent…
James Rettig | October 18, 2014 - 3:58 pm
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Photos: Project Pabst 2014

It’s just about the end of festival season, but Portland gave us one more this past weekend: Project Pabst, the Milwaukee beer company’s music festival.
Miles Bowe | September 29, 2014 - 2:14 pm

Shabazz Palaces – “#CAKE” Video (NSFW)

Seattle art-rap darlings Shabazz Palaces just released Lese Majesty, their blunted and fractitious new album. It's only right that "#CAKE," the album's single, sounds like…
Tom Breihan | August 22, 2014 - 10:49 am
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Stream Shabazz Palaces Lese Majesty

Shabazz Palaces, the experimental hip-hop group led by Ishmael Butler, put out the excellent debut album Black Up in 2011, and have been releasing single…
Miles Bowe | July 21, 2014 - 10:42 am
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