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This week was a stacked one, and plenty of great videos didn’t make the cut for this list, including Thundercat’s existential samurai joke and Carly Rae Jepsen’s joyous travelogue. But I only want to talk about one of them, and that’s the Black Eyed Peas’ giddily sacrilegious retro-rap odyssey “Yesterday.” I have no idea what… More »

This past weekend, I was driving my family back from the beach, where we’d been on vacation, and I had to contend with Maryland’s Bay Bridge, the most terrifying structure ever devised by man. The Bay Bridge is basically a pencil-thin piece of bent metal that stretches roughly five miles above the Chesapeake Bay. The… More »

We skipped 5 Best Songs last week because of Christmas; we probably could’ve skipped it this week because of New Year’s, but man, the songs were stacking up. Anyway, if we were going for accuracy rather than consistency, this list would be titled The 5 Best Songs Of This Week And Last Week, as a… More »

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Hear Ezra Koenig Interview Florence Welch, Rashida Jones Talk About Rejecting Robin Thicke In High School On Beats 1

One of the many new shows on Apple Music’s Beats Radio 1 is Time Crisis With Ezra Koenig (of Vampire Weekend). The first installment aired two weeks ago, and for the second episode Koenig’s got Despot, Rashida Jones, his cousin Asher (second cousin to be exact), Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton of Buzzfeed’s Another RoundMore »

By: Caitlin White / July 27, 2015 - 1:09 pm

Despot – “House Of Bricks” Video

The great New York underground rapper Despot has been destroying other people’s songs for years, but he’s barely released anything under his own name. That could change soon, though. Despot’s “House Of Bricks” single is getting some serious notice, and his long-developing album We’re All Excited may actually come out before we’re all dead. Ratatat’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 22, 2015 - 11:30 am

Despot – “House Of Bricks”

New York underground rap monster Despot has been doing serious damage on other people’s songs in recent years. He’s shown up on tracks with people like El-P and Das Racist and Blood Orange, and he’s just wrecked shit. And he’s kept himself busy, touring with Run The Jewels and co-hosting his “Down 4 So LongMore »

By: Tom Breihan / July 13, 2015 - 1:53 pm

Stream The First Episode Of Time Crisis With Ezra Koenig, Featuring Mark Ronson And Rashida Jones

Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig hosted his first Beats 1 radio show last night in a timeslot that he’ll alternate every other week with Pharrell’s show. It’s called Time Crisis and, for the debut episode, he brought along Mark Ronson, Rashida Jones, Despot, Desus, and Mero to help him through his two-hour slot. Jones recounted a… More »

By: James Rettig / July 13, 2015 - 11:04 am

iLoveMakonnen × Ezra Koenig × Despot – “Down 4 So Long (Remix)”

iLoveMakonnen has teamed up with Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig and Despot for a remix of his track “Down 4 So Long,” which was released as a one-off earlier this year. Both Koenig and Despot contribute verses surrounded by Makonnen’s hook — Koenig shouts out the “Shmoney Dance” and Monaco on his. The track was released… More »

By: James Rettig / December 20, 2014 - 12:09 pm

Run The Jewels – “Blockbuster Night Pt. 2″ (Feat. Despot & Wiki)

As mentioned in our Run The Jewels cover story, a sequel to the thunderous “Blockbuster Night Part 1” exists. It’s officially an iTunes bonus track, but it’s out there now. And like everything else these guys have graced us with, it hits hard. Despot and RatKing member Wiki contribute guest verses. Hear “Blockbuster Night Part… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 26, 2014 - 10:29 pm

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

We skipped 5 Best Songs last week because of the holiday, so we considered any music that dropped between last week and this one eligible for this week’s installment. And wouldn’t ya know it: Over the course of two truncated weeks we got five new songs from straight A-listers. Stakes is high. But who took… More »

By: Stereogum / January 3, 2014 - 2:42 pm

Vampire Weekend – “Step (Remix Feat. Danny Brown, Heems, & Despot)”

Vampire Weekend were lyrically namechecking Lil Jon the first time we ever heard them, nearly seven years ago now, but it’s taken them until now to drop an all-star rap remix. “Step,” the gorgeously shimmering midtempo jam from their 2013 album Modern Vampires Of The City (one of our favorites of the year) might be… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 2, 2014 - 8:57 am

Photos: Run The Jewels (El-P & Killer Mike), Despot, Kool A.D. @ Hawthorne Theatre, Portland 7/28/13

Last night, El-P and Killer Mike’s Run The Jewels tour stopped off at Portland’s Hawthorne Theatre. Queens rapper Despot and former Das Racist member Kool A.D. opened. We sent Colin McLaughlin to check out the scene. More »

By: Stereogum / July 29, 2013 - 12:46 pm

Run The Jewels – “36” Chain” Video

El-P and Killer Mike have a proud history of making cartoonishly violent music videos, both alone and together, and the first video for their Run The Jewels collaborative project ups the gore content once again. The video for “36” Chain” opens when marauders kidnap Mr. Killums, the sociopathic puppet from El’s “The Full Retard” video,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 16, 2013 - 1:49 pm

The 5 Best Music Videos Of The Week

Guys, Yeezus leaked. You don’t need music videos right now. You need to just play that real loud, let blood fill up your vision, luxuriate in the angry anxiety. If, however, you somehow need a break in between Yeezus sessions, or if you’re one of those weird and virtuous people who waits until it’s legal… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 14, 2013 - 2:35 pm

Vampire Weekend – “Diane Young” Video

Vampire Weekend already got plenty of attention for “Diane Young,” the frantic first single from their truly great new album Modern Vampires Of The City, when they burned a couple of Saabs in the lyric video. And now they’ve made a proper video for the song, setting it at an anarchic dinner party and filling… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 3, 2013 - 9:59 am

Stereogum Monthly Mix: March 2013

Remember last month when we made a hand-wringing post about the death of the MP3 and thereby the end of the downloadable Monthly Mix? Well, fuck it — ZIP FILE BACK. Thank you for your comments and opinions! This is blog-in-action. But, we know some of you enjoyed the ease and increased songchoice represented by… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 29, 2013 - 2:19 pm

Fat Tony – “Hood Party” (Feat. Kool A.D. & Despot)

The young Houston goofball-rapper Fat Tony has been steadily building a name for himself for years, but he’s only now getting around to releasing his first solo album. That album, Smart Ass Black Boy, arrives this summer. And the first track Tony has shared from it is “Hood Party,” on which Tony, erstwhile Das Racist… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 8, 2013 - 3:55 pm

El-P – “Tougher Colder Killer” (Feat. Killer Mike & Despot)

The rattling skronk-rap godfather El-P returns next month with the long-awaited solo album Cancer For Cure, which runs a very good chance of being fucking awesome. We’ve already heard “The Full Retard,” the banger of a leadoff track. And now El has shared “Tougher Colder Killer” another hard-as-fuck song. It guest-stars veteran Atlanta face-stomper and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 25, 2012 - 1:10 pm

Remixtape Vol. 6

It’s the return of Remixtape, the feature where I listen to a tremendous amount of shitty blog-bait “X Remixes Y” tracks and weed out those worth your weed-out. (Right?) Volume 6 opens with this month’s undisputed champion of tracks bearing Remix in their title: the indomitable “Huzzah!” featuring a fierce set of relatively underground rapper… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 30, 2011 - 4:00 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

We actually got a ridiculous number of strong, visually striking music videos this week: everything on this week’s list is pretty much must-see. And it does my heart good to see that two of them come from my two favorite albums of 2011 thus far, Past Life Martyred Saints and Father, Son, Holy Ghost. (There’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 23, 2011 - 4:32 pm
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