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The 50 Best Music Videos Of 2015

When I put this list together last year, the big story was the emergence of auteurs in the online era of the music video. For…
Tom Breihan | December 16, 2015 - 11:08 am
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The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

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
Tom Breihan | July 24, 2015 - 4:53 pm

Status Ain’t Hood: Drake, Rap’s Leading Curator

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…
Tom Breihan | July 15, 2015 - 12:51 pm
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More Despot stories

NYC’s Santos Party House Closing After Hosting Neo-Nazi Punk Show

New York City venue Santos Party House, owned partly by Andrew W.K. and Despot, has suddenly closed, DNAinfo reports. Last night, on the venue's final…
Peter Helman | May 30, 2016 - 9:21 pm
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El-P, Despot, & Holy Ghost!’s Alex Frankel Open Jewish Deli In Brooklyn

El-P, Despot, and Holy Ghost!'s Alex Frankel are all co-owners of the new Jewish deli Frankel's, which opened up at 631 Manhattan Ave in Greenpoint,…
Peter Helman | April 2, 2016 - 8:07 pm
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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…
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…
Tom Breihan | July 22, 2015 - 11:30 am
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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…
Tom Breihan | July 13, 2015 - 1:53 pm
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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.
James Rettig | July 13, 2015 - 11:04 am
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The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

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…
Stereogum | January 2, 2015 - 5:46 pm
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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…
James Rettig | December 20, 2014 - 12:09 pm
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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,…
Chris DeVille | October 26, 2014 - 10:29 pm
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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…
Stereogum | January 3, 2014 - 2:42 pm
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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…
Tom Breihan | January 2, 2014 - 8:57 am
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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…
Stereogum | July 29, 2013 - 12:46 pm
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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
Tom Breihan | July 16, 2013 - 1:49 pm
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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…
Tom Breihan | June 14, 2013 - 2:35 pm
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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,…
Tom Breihan | June 3, 2013 - 9:59 am
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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,…
Amrit Singh | March 29, 2013 - 2:19 pm
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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…
Tom Breihan | March 8, 2013 - 3:55 pm
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