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Madonna’s “Bitch, I’m Madonna” is a bad video. It might be a good video if Madonna wasn’t out here trying to compete with Taylor Swift’s “Badd Blood” in the guest-star department and failing hilariously. Swift got her guest stars to throw knives and kung fu fight. Madonna has higher-wattage celebrities, but she can’t get them… More »

The classic sound of New York rap, the late-’80s/early-’90s style that we most often associate with the city, is based entirely around the drums, and on the way tough and haggard and stressed-out voices interact with those drums. DJ Premier is a legend not because he was an innovator — he wasn’t, not really –… More »

In the annals of rap history, Fat Joe holds a curious distinction. Joe is a just-OK rapper, a guy who fills space just fine on tracks but who almost never says anything that’ll rattle around in your consciousness. But Joe has been on more great songs than any other just-OK rapper in history. The list… More »

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Stream Dr. Yen Lo Days With Dr. Yen Lo

The Brooklyn rapper Ka likes to do things on his own. Most of the time, he raps and produces everything on his records by himself.
Tom Breihan | May 18, 2015 - 1:23 pm

Dr. Ken Lo – “Day 3″ Video

Brooklyn rapper Ka has a flickering, incantory take on New York boom-bap that comes entirely from the man himself; he barely ever works with anyone…
Tom Breihan | March 19, 2015 - 2:07 pm

Dr. Ken Lo – “Day 0″ Video

The Brooklyn rapper Ka is a model of DIY music-making. Generally, he produces everything himself, releases and distributes it on his own, and shoots hi…
Tom Breihan | February 23, 2015 - 4:16 pm

Ka – “Lost Prophet Report”

The DIY Brooklyn rapper and producer Ka made the meditative, mythic album The Night's Gambit, one of last year's best rap LPs, and he's already…
Tom Breihan | September 22, 2014 - 1:28 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Last Friday was the Fourth Of July, which meant we didn't run one of these lists. But the videos kept piling up, and so we're…
Tom Breihan | July 11, 2014 - 9:51 am

Ka – “Still Heir” Video

Last year, the meditative Brooklyn rapper and producer Ka self-released the dark and absorbing The Night's Gambit, one of last year's best rap albums. Thi…
Tom Breihan | July 7, 2014 - 3:24 pm

Adult Swim Announces 5th Singles Series With Deafheaven, Run The Jewels, Speedy Ortiz, & More

For the last several years Adult Swim has curated a series of singles released throughout the summer. They've put out some fantastic tracks in the…
Miles Bowe | June 2, 2014 - 1:38 pm

The 40 Best Rap Albums Of 2013

Last year, there was one album -- Kendrick Lamar's Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City -- that united virtually the entire rap-listening public in adoration. This year,…
Tom Breihan | December 16, 2013 - 8:35 am

Ka – “You Know It’s About” Video

Earlier this year, the Brooklyn rapper/producer Ka released the heavy, meditative The Night's Gambit, one of the year's best rap albums. Ka doesn't just make…
Tom Breihan | November 13, 2013 - 4:02 pm

Ka – “Peace Akhi” Video

You could make a strong case that The Night's Gambit, the album that the Brownsville, Brooklyn rapper Ka released last month, is the year's best…
Tom Breihan | August 22, 2013 - 2:33 pm

Album Of The Week: Ka The Night’s Gambit

A week and a half after Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail went out to a million Samsung users, another long-pedigreed Brooklyn rapper found an unconventional…
Tom Breihan | July 16, 2013 - 1:14 pm

Stream Ka The Night’s Gambit

Ka is a low-key, hazed-out rapper/producer from Brownsville, Brooklyn, and Grief Pedigree, the album he released last year, is a slow-burner cult favorite full of…
Tom Breihan | July 15, 2013 - 12:46 pm

Roc Marciano – “Nine Spray” (Feat. Ka)

For a while now, Long Island rap veteran Roc Marciano has been making dusky, spare New York rap that recalls the mid-'90s without ever translating…
Tom Breihan | November 6, 2012 - 10:30 am