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Uptown internet kingpin DVS has trouble staying in the rap lane. He’s such a gregarious, prolific, and hilarious dude that his Twitter and various internet writings have gained hurricane force, knocking the wind out of readers with their voracious, eclectic humor. But let’s not forget that rap was born at least half literary, the street-corner… More »

By: Caitlin White / April 28, 2015 - 3:25 pm

Hot Sugar – “Not Afraid To Die” Video

With a song title like “Not Afraid To Die,” you should know going into it that Hot Sugar’s ready to explore some dark shit. The song is from the producer’s forthcoming new album God’s Hand, and it’s a compelling mishmash of stuttering beats and gorgeous compositions. The video starts out innocently enough with a childhood… More »

By: James Rettig / January 16, 2015 - 11:04 am

Hot Sugar – “Your Nails Look So Pretty” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Nick Koenig, aka Hot Sugar, has made a name for himself with his unique production work, but only now is he getting ready to release his debut solo album, God’s Hand. Before that, however, he’ll release the Seductive Nightmares 7″ which includes the A-side “Your Nails Look So Pretty,” a song that provides the delicate… More »

By: Miles Bowe / July 16, 2014 - 12:18 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

Stereogum Monthly Mix: July 2013

I don’t want to bum anybody out, but summer’s almost over. With an emphasis on almost, meaning anything can still happen (aside from reclaiming that unbridled feeling of summer’s start and infinite possibilities; we’re definitely in the zone of finitude, with all its attendant reminders of our own corporeal mortality, now)! LIVE IT UP! Really. More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 31, 2013 - 11:32 am

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

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week sat out last Friday for the holiday, but we’re back today with a small batch of excellent tunes. Taking one week into consideration is already a hefty task, but this time around we’ve done double and sifted through music from the last 14(!) days for you. Today’s collectio… More »

By: Stereogum / July 12, 2013 - 4:19 pm

Hot Sugar – “Leverage” (Feat. Kool A.D., Fat Tony, Lakutis & Nasty Nigel) Video

The producer Hot Sugar, responsible for tracks like Kitty’s “Barbie Jeep” and “Ay Shawty 3.0,” has lined up an impressive crew of internet-underground dudes to rock over his elegantly decaying beat on “Leverage”: Former Das Racist member Kool A.D., former Das Racist associate Lakutis, Houston prospect Fat Tony, and World’s Fair member Nasty Nigel. And… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 11, 2013 - 12:06 pm

Hot Sugar – “I Don’t Wanna B Judged” (Feat. Haleek Maul) Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Recently, NYC-based producer Hot Sugar put out the MiDi Murder EP, a collection of music that radiates an interesting, airtight electronic pulse. That release features Hot Sugar working with folks like Heems, KOOL AD, Shady Blaze, Antwon and others. Today, we’ve got his video for the EP-closing “I Don’t Want To Be Judged,” a track… More »

By: Corban Goble / November 27, 2012 - 1:00 pm