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Premature Evaluation

Premature Evaluation: Flying Lotus Flamagra

In 2012, Steven Ellison, bka Flying Lotus, properly introduced his rapping alter ego Captain Murphy on a mixtape called Duality. If he were to continue…
Collin Robinson | May 23, 2019 - 10:00 am

The Anniversary

Things Fall Apart Turns 20

Many people only know the Roots as Jimmy Fallon’s band on The Tonight Show. While that should be a criminal offense, it exemplifies how underrated…
Collin Robinson | February 22, 2019 - 11:43 am


Kamasi Washington Uses Exquisite Tension To Tackle Internal Struggle On Heaven And Earth

Heaven. Earth. One we know. The other we don’t. One we experience. The other is only believed in. But to many, one is just as…
Collin Robinson | June 14, 2018 - 12:29 pm

The Anniversary

Los Angeles Turns 10

Texture and electronic leanings have been a part of hip-hop since the genre's adolescence. They were present in the early '80s, though neither was necessarily…
Collin Robinson | June 11, 2018 - 10:25 am

The Anniversary

Tha Carter III Turns 10

When Tha Carter III dropped it seemed like Lil Wayne could continue the series forever and it would warrant our attention for just as long.
Collin Robinson | June 8, 2018 - 12:46 pm

10 Best Songs

The 10 Best Vince Staples Songs

Vincent Jamal Staples doesn't have to hide behind an MC name, middle name, or street name, at a time when most of his fellow rappers…
Collin Robinson | October 11, 2017 - 11:50 am


Q&A: Moses Sumney Delves Into Solitude His Own Way On Aromanticism

Nothing about Moses Sumney is ordinary. When you set out to solve for x in the equation of two strict Ghanaian parents who also happen…
Collin Robinson | September 19, 2017 - 2:50 pm

Sounding Board

On 9/11 Brockhampton Offered An Escape From NYC

There's always a weird energy worming its way through the Big Apple on 9/11. An ambivalent mixture of melancholy, pride, mourning, hopefulness, leeriness, and togetherness…
Collin Robinson | September 12, 2017 - 12:05 pm


Q&A: The Cool Kids Feel Like Rap-Game Ben Simmons On Special Edition Grand Master Deluxe

The Cool Kids are a decade deep in the game but they feel like rookies again. To compare them to the new wave of rookies…
Collin Robinson | August 28, 2017 - 12:33 pm


The 36 Best Odd Future Songs Not By Frank Ocean

The earliest iteration of Odd Future was formed in 2007 although the collective didn't release their first mixtape, The Odd Future Tape, until 2008. Ten…
Collin Robinson | February 21, 2017 - 10:30 am


Isadora – “Medications”

LA-born, New Jersey-bred 21-year-old songstress Isadora makes haunting, alluring "basement pop." Her latest single "Medications" is an exemplary taste of her darkly shaded, mesmerizing pop…
Collin Robinson | January 25, 2017 - 9:30 am


Adna – “Thoughts”

Swedish-born, Berlin-based singer-songwriter Adna has made two beautifully woeful albums, 2014's Night and 2015's Run, Lucifer. She's set to share her third full-length offering, Closure,…
Collin Robinson | January 18, 2017 - 9:11 am

Lifetime Planning TV Movie About Michael Jackson’s Final Days

As if enough hasn't happened to keep Michael Jackson constantly spinning in his grave, Lifetime is in preproduction on a TV movie about the late…
Collin Robinson | January 13, 2017 - 5:27 pm

Trump Inauguration Books 3 Doors Down

We all know of president-elect Donald Trump's struggle to book talent for his inauguration, but he's finally booked some names you might actually recognize without…
Collin Robinson | January 13, 2017 - 12:51 pm

R.I.P. Larry Steinbachek

Larry Steinbachek, former keyboardist of the '80s British synthpop trio Bronski Beat, has died at the age of 56 after a short battle with cancer.
Collin Robinson | January 13, 2017 - 11:40 am

Comments from Collin Robinson

*Doesn't read parentheses* Let me find out Mitski is a Jagged Edge fan!!! damn.
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March 18, 2019 on Mitski – “Let’s Get Married” (Bleachers Cover)
As it should be. My bad!
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June 11, 2018 on Los Angeles Turns 10
Thanks! Very much appreciated!
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June 11, 2018 on Los Angeles Turns 10
Haha. Awesome story. Did your Lyft driver look like Jeffrey Dahmer and look at you crazy when you pulled up to the projects?
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October 11, 2017 on The 10 Best Vince Staples Songs
I debated about "Hands Up" for a while and had it on as #10 initially. He just has so many better political songs that deal with police brutality and a host of other issues in a more astute way to me. I fucks with "C.N.B." and "3230" heavy too. It was hard leaving songs off this thing.
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October 11, 2017 on The 10 Best Vince Staples Songs
I'm with you on that, Kensuke. You can't tell me Big Fish is better than Summertime '06, and there are so many good songs on Summertime '06 because it's a behemoth of an album. There are good songs on Big Fish, but top 10 in dude's catalogue? I just don't think so. It's dope to see love for that album though because I just want Vince to win at the end of the day.
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October 11, 2017 on The 10 Best Vince Staples Songs
Thanks! Very much appreciated. I have a couple more things coming up very soon. I'll be around.
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September 12, 2017 on On 9/11 Brockhampton Offered An Escape From NYC
No Solange for the second season. The music supervisor is Kier Lehman. Raphael Saadiq does the score, and Melina Matsoukas and Issa Rae are heavily involved.
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September 8, 2017 on SZA – “Quicksand”
Ayeeee! Just stopping by on my daily gum visit. Can't stay away.
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February 23, 2017 on Jay Electronica Says He Hasn’t Made An Album Because Albums Are A “False Concept”
They call me Jay Electronica – fuck that Call me Jay ElecHanukkah, Jay ElecYarmulke Jay ElecRamadaan, Muhammad A'salaamaleikum Jay ElecWherethefuckthealbumbruh?
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February 23, 2017 on Jay Electronica Says He Hasn’t Made An Album Because Albums Are A “False Concept”
Oh snap! Lawrence from Insecure!
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February 23, 2017 on Jidenna – “Bambi” Video
"No thanks, Drake. His Views may be bleak, but they're still better than yours."
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February 14, 2017 on Manchester Police Decline Drake’s Offer To Talk Suicidal Man Off Bridge
You don't say. "Aside from all that sociopolitical subtext, it’s also just a beautiful, well-executed photo."
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December 12, 2016 on The Album Art We’ll Remember Past 2016
I'm all for artists influencing each other. I'm just saying steal, don't borrow.
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December 7, 2016 on Ab-Soul – “D.R.U.G.S.” Video
Just when I was 100% on the Soulo-back train, he comes with this wack-ass Chance impression.
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December 7, 2016 on Ab-Soul – “D.R.U.G.S.” Video
We are cut from the same cloth, my friend.
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December 6, 2016 on The Year In LA Gangster Blues (And Reds)
Oh def. Didn't mean to undermine it. Bino deserves props on this one.
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November 10, 2016 on Childish Gambino – “Me And Your Mama”
This is the direction I want Anderson .Paak to go in on his next album. Bino did his thing, but .Paak would have put it to bed and tucked it in properly.
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November 10, 2016 on Childish Gambino – “Me And Your Mama”