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The Week In Rap: ILoveMakonnen, Transformative Figure

Tuesday,” the song that made iLoveMakonnen into an unlikely star last year, scans as a party anthem. It is, after all, about making the club go up. That sounds pretty fun! And if you are partying on a Tuesday, the least fun day of the week, you must have an advanced degree in partying! But… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 1, 2015 - 11:25 am

Antwon & Wiki – “Squad Deep” (Feat. Lee Spielman) Video

It’s a punk-rap summit meeting! On the new track “Squad Deep,” San Jose brawler Antwon and Ratking street urchin Wiki come together over a beat from Danny Brown producer and tour DJ Skywlkr. Trash Talk howler Lee Spielman supplies the hook. In the new video, from director pvndvfvce, Antwon and Wiki flex shirtless on a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 26, 2015 - 12:31 pm

Pictureplane – “Total Confusion” (Feat. Antwon)

Dance producer Pictureplane hasn’t put out a new album since 2011’s Thee Physical, but when he dropped “Hyper Real” last week, the album art teased another song. Now, that B side called “Total Confusion” has emerged, and it features Bay Area rapper Antwon. The reality questioning of “Hyper Real” is back in full force, and… More »

By: Caitlin White / February 10, 2015 - 7:23 pm

Shy Girls – “Xhampagne” (Feat. Antwon)

Yesterday, Dan Vidmar’s Shy Girls announced that his new mixtape 4WZ will drop any day now, but while we wait, here’s another cut from the project. My colleague Chris DeVille dubbed “Xhampagne” the “exact midpoint between How To Dress Well and the Weeknd,” and that nails the vibe perfectly. Over a slow, lulling set of… More »

By: Caitlin White / January 29, 2015 - 12:56 pm

Antwon – “Kyocera” (Prod. Cities Aviv)

If you aren’t listening to Fucked Up frontman Damian Abraham’s Turned Out A Punk podcast, you probably should be. It’s a series of conversations with fascinating creative types about their experiences growing up with punk and hardcore, and these people have some stories. In the most recent episode, Abraham talks with Antwon, the L.A.-based rapper… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 8, 2015 - 4:48 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

I don’t know if you guys knew this, but there are 17 new Beyoncé videos this week. A lot of them are awesome, too. In fact, I had fully expected to write this column about nothing but the five best videos from BEYONCÉ. The one problem with that: You have to actually buy the album,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 20, 2013 - 1:42 pm

Hot Sugar – “Mama, I’m A Man” (Feat. Antwon, Lakutis, & Big Baby Gandhi) Video

The producer Hot Sugar has been making tons of tracks for rappers from the Tumblr-rap underground. And on his track “Mama, I’m A Man,” he rounds up three of that scene’s most impressive talents — Antwon, of San Jose, and Lakutis and Big Baby Gandhi, of Queens — and lets all of them get playfully… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 16, 2013 - 11:40 am

Artist Portraits From Treasure Island Festival 2013

In addition to our gallery of live shots from last weekend’s Treasure Island Festival, our photographer Moses Namkung snapped some intimate portraits of Sleigh Bells, Disclosure, Holy Ghost!, Palma Violets, and more. Check them out above. More »

By: Miles Bowe / October 21, 2013 - 5:45 pm

Photos: Treasure Island Festival 2013

People who live in the Bay Area are lucky. Not only did they get to enjoy the incredible Outside Lands lineup, a month later they get a whole other festival in the form of Treasure Island. A ton of great bands showed up there over the weekend, from James Blake to Holy Ghost! to Real… More »

By: Miles Bowe / October 21, 2013 - 5:10 pm

Photos: Musicfest NW 2013

This past weekend Portland held Musicfest NW 2013, which had a pretty sweet line-up. Many of the bands playing have been doing incredible things on the festival circuit this summer and our photographer Colin McLaughlin captured a great deal of them. Above are his photos of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Neko Case, Earth, FIDLAR, Joey… More »

By: Miles Bowe / September 9, 2013 - 6:22 pm

Hot Sugar – “56k (Remix)” Feat. Big Baby Gandhi, Nasty Nigel, Lansky, Antwon, Chippy Non-Stop, Lakutis, DVS, Kitty, & Ne$$ Of Weekend Money

On the original version of Hot Sugar’s dial-up Internet ephemera-sampling cut “56k,” Heems of Das Racist hotboxes the track, alone, with total stream-of-consciousness lyricism and the best sneak diss to New York transplants (“where were you in the ’96 Blizzard?”). The percussive precision of the beat paired with Heems’s molasses-mouthed flow were odd-but-excellent poles and,… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / July 26, 2013 - 10:25 am

Antwon – “Dying In The Pussy”

“Dying In The Pussy” is that A-side to a just-released 7″ from San José rapper Antwon. The track sounds like an unearthed goth relic that has been padded with modern synths. With Antwon’s hazy sex raps atop of the beat, you get a moody, ominous ode to his partner that has him sounding increasing languorou… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / July 18, 2013 - 5:01 pm

SXSW 2013 Wednesday: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Waxahatchee, White Lung, & Lots Of Metal

Stereogum’s recaps and photos from SXSW continue… More »

By: Stereogum / March 14, 2013 - 2:07 pm

Antwon – “3rd World Grrl” Video

Before he released his excellently noisy In Dark Denim mixtape last week, the San Jose rapper Antwon shared his dark, S&M-dominated video for “Still Guarded.” His new clip, for the decaying club-rap banger “3rd World Grrl,” is a decidedly more light-hearted affair, with a puppet version of Antwon wilding out in a club somewhere. AlessioMore »

By: Tom Breihan / February 20, 2013 - 12:47 pm

Download Antwon In Dark Denim Mixtape

If you’re the San Jose MC Antwon, apparently Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to release your mixtape of bent, disheveled, breaking-apart pimp-rap. We’ve already posted his “Still Guarded” video, and now we’ve got all of In Dark Denim, Antwon’s new mixtape. Noise-rap peers like Cities Aviv and B L A C K I E… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 14, 2013 - 2:12 pm

Antwon – “Still Guarded” Video

Last year, the San Jose rapper Antwon made a name for himself with his End Of Earth mixtape. Later this month, he’ll follow it up with a new one called In Dark Denim, and first single “Still Guarded” is a fashionably decaying, noisy thing with production from fellow punk-reared rapper Cities Aviv. Romoface directed the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 1, 2013 - 3:23 pm

Download Antwon End Of Earth Mixtape

We’ve already posted “Helicopter” and “Living Every Dream,” two breezy and extremely likable videos from the San Jose rapper Antwon. And today, Antwon drops his free nine-track mixtape End Of Earth. It’s got no guest rappers, but Pictureplane and Big Baby Gandhi contribute production to a tracklist otherwise bereft of big names. Stream or download… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 2, 2012 - 2:16 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

This was an amazing week for videos, but not a great week for videos with anything in common with each other. Here’s the only narrative I thread I can pull from the five videos below: Two of them are inspirational sports stories, though that’s really all they have in common. So: Olympics? We’ll go with… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 27, 2012 - 3:56 pm

Antwon – “Living Every Dream” (Prod. Pictureplane) Video

Bay Area rapper Antwon links up again with filmmaker Brandon Tauszik, the maker of their previous Bullitt-shading collaboration “Helicopter,” for the “Living Every Dream” video, a clip accompanying the new, Pictureplane-produced track. In terms of the early-’90s aesthetic — something heavily reinforced by the prominent sample of the ever-epic DNA remix of “Tom’s Diner” –… More »

By: Corban Goble / July 26, 2012 - 1:50 pm

Antwon – “Helicopter” Video

San Jose rapper Antwon’s latest video is an artfully spliced affair, mixing footage of the rapper crushing 40s, eating bacon and chilling with his friends (like Squadda B and Mondre M.A.N. of Main Attrakionz) with clips of Steve McQueen’s car chase flick Bullitt. Though that’s certainly an odd juxtaposition, the magic of the video i… More »

By: Corban Goble / March 1, 2012 - 11:54 am