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After a couple of monster weeks, the music-video gods finally fell asleep on us this week, giving us warmed-over ideas and slopped-out murky execution and very, very little to get excited about. There are good videos on the list below, but many of them are videos that would’ve missed the top five during a busier… More »

This week’s big videos were Iggy Azalea’s take on Kill Bill and Ariana Grande’s take on (I guess) Barbarella, and they were both straight trash. You can make a good pop video by making a pastiche of a particular movie; 2Pac doing Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome springs immediately to mind. But that’s not enough. The… More »

A few days late but stacked with excellence, here is your collection of May’s absolute jams. For optimal ease of consumption, you’ll find it here in three forms: a 12-track downloadable zip of the month’s best free MP3s, a 15-song Spotify playlist of May’s finest Spotify-enabled tracks, and to close it out, a 46-track Soundcloud… More »

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Kiesza – “Bad Thing” (Feat. Joey Bada$$)

It's a bit weird to hear the young New York rap traditionalist Joey Bada$$ jump on a track with a rising dance-pop singer. But the…
Tom Breihan | September 22, 2014 - 2:43 pm

Photos: Øyafestivalen 2014

Øyafestivalen has now entered its 13th year, and last week, the Norwegian festival’s 2014 iteration filled Oslo with excellent artists. There were folk musicians like…
Miles Bowe | August 13, 2014 - 5:43 pm

Joey Bada$$ – “Big Dusty” Video

The young Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$ is still a teenager, but he's been kicking around the mixtape circuit for a couple of years, and he'…
Tom Breihan | August 12, 2014 - 11:52 am
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Joey Bada$$ – “Big Dusty”

It feels like an internet eon since the Brooklyn teenager Joey Bada$$ rode his '90s boom-bap revivalism to a serious level of online buzz. I…
Tom Breihan | August 4, 2014 - 4:13 pm
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Joey Bada$$ – “Mr. Wonderful”

The young Brooklyn boom-bap nostalgist Joey Bada$$ is apparently way more of an MMA fan than anyone realized. His new song "Mr. Wonderful" is a…
Tom Breihan | April 23, 2014 - 3:10 pm
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Joey Bada$$ – “Pantie Raid Pt. II”

The Brooklyn teenage boom-bap revivalist Joey Bada$$ is the sort of rapper who uses the phrase "expand your ocular" in a song that's supposed to…
Tom Breihan | February 10, 2014 - 1:18 pm

Capital Steez – “47 Piiirates” (Feat. Dirty Sanchez) Video

Last year, Capital Steez, a young Brooklyn rapper and member of Joey Bada$$'s Pro Era crew, took his own life just before Christmas. This week,…
Tom Breihan | December 26, 2013 - 11:05 am
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Joey Bada$$ x J Dilla – “Two Lips”

The space-rap production legend J Dilla died almost eight years ago, and it's crazy that there are still unused Dilla beats floating around out there…
Tom Breihan | November 27, 2013 - 3:45 pm
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Joey Bada$$ – “My Yout” Video

In the video for "My Yout" from the new Summer Knights EP (not to be confused with the Summer Knights mixtape from earlier this year),…
Chris DeVille | October 30, 2013 - 2:32 pm

Joey Bada$$, Ab-Soul Handcuffed By St. Louis Police

Joey Bada$$, Ab-Soul, and a few members of the Pro Era crew were handcuffed by police officers last night during their St. Louis stop of…
James Rettig | October 29, 2013 - 3:44 pm
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Joey Bada$$ – “My Jeep” (Feat. Flatbush Zombies, The Underachievers, & Chuck Strangers)

Joey Bada$$ will follow-up his summer-released mixtape Summer Knights with an EP of the same name this month. The new collection features a handful of…
Claire Lobenfeld | October 28, 2013 - 3:46 pm
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Joey Bada$$ – “Hillary Swank” Video

On his recent Summer Knights mixtape, the Brooklyn boom-bap revivalist Joey Bada$$ found himself falling into something of a stylistic rut. But at least visually,…
Tom Breihan | October 14, 2013 - 4:41 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 o…
Miles Bowe | September 9, 2013 - 6:22 pm
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Joey Bada$$ – “Killuminati Pt. 2″

Two weeks ago, Kendrick Lamar raised a ton of eyebrows with his frothing, forceful verse on Big Sean's "Control (HOF)." During that verse, Kendrick --…
Tom Breihan | August 26, 2013 - 9:28 am
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Download Joey Bada$$ Summer Knights Mixtape

After one delay and a whole lot of anticipation, the teenage Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$ has released his Summer Knights mixtape. It’s the follow-up to…
Tom Breihan | July 1, 2013 - 2:25 pm

Joey Bada$$ – “95 Til Infinity” Video

Next week, the teenage Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$ will release his new mixtape Summer Knights, his first since 1999 put him on the map last…
Tom Breihan | June 28, 2013 - 2:08 pm
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Joey Bada$$ – “Amethyst Rockstar” (Feat. Kirk Knight) (Prod. DOOM)

Teenage Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$ by rapping over shockingly accurate takes on mid-'90s boom-bap and late-'90s underground rap, and now that he's famous, he's getting…
Tom Breihan | June 25, 2013 - 4:28 pm
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Joey Bada$$ – “95 Til Infinity”

Joey Bada$$, the Brooklyn teenager who's made quite a name for himself in the past year by reviving mid-'90s New York rap styles, was supposed…
Tom Breihan | June 12, 2013 - 3:53 pm