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  • Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon

    Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon | ALBUM REVIEW

    "It should be in the Bible/Middle finger up to the people who don't like you," Kid Cudi declares on his first release since splitting from Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music. He's a cult hero comfortable enough in...

    March 25, 2014 12:25 AM ET
  • Because the Internet

    Because the Internet | ALBUM REVIEW

    On his second album, actor-turned-rapper Childish Gambino wields his nerdiness with newfound confidence, spitting meditations on Internet culture with fluency and ease. The Community star (a.k.a. Donald Glover) drops winking bars like "Never gonna reach a million/Eventually,...

    January 3, 2014 11:05 AM ET
  • Kanye Protege Travis Scott Takes Evil Trip

    Kanye Protege Travis Scott Takes Evil Trip | VIDEO

    As Kanye West spreads the gospel of Yeezus to his followers, one of his disciples is side-eyeing the throne with a sinister smirk and undeniable knack for making evil sound G.O.O.D. On this Hallow's Eve, 'Ye...

    October 31, 2013 9:00 AM ET
  • Bang Part 2

    Bang Part 2 | ALBUM REVIEW

    Chief Keef's Bang Pt 2, the sequel to the breakout mixtape that made Keef 'hood-famous in his native Chicago and beyond, opens with a sample from the chilling end of Marvin Gaye's "Mercy Mercy Me." On Gaye's...

    September 9, 2013 4:10 PM ET
  • Summer Knights

    Summer Knights | ALBUM REVIEW

    Brooklyn's own Joey Bada$$ emerged as a Flatbush folk-hero since stomping onto the scene last year, and his latest mixtape maintains the nostalgic boom-bap that defines his Beast Coast brand. But Nineties NY hip-hop was about oversized...

    August 15, 2013 1:55 PM ET
  • Smart Ass Black Boy

    Smart Ass Black Boy | ALBUM REVIEW

    Last fall, Texas native Fat Tony dropped the borough anthem "BKNY," in which he visits Bed-Stuy for the first time to hook up with an intern from his label, and never leaves. His proper debut maintains this...

    July 15, 2013 10:55 AM ET
  • Kanye West Previews 'Yeezus' in New York

    Kanye West Previews 'Yeezus' in New York | ARTICLE

    Just after 10 p.m. last night, Kanye West and Busta Rhymes were huddled inside  Milk Studios in New York's Meatpacking District. A slew of journalists, fashionistas, label heads and nightlife staples – plus Jay-Z,...

    June 11, 2013 10:55 AM ET
  • Tyler, The Creator Lets the 'Wolf' in at Intimate Brooklyn Show

    Tyler, The Creator Lets the 'Wolf' in at Intimate Brooklyn Show | ARTICLE

    The Odd Future brand has grown in broad increments since the crew first exploded across laptop screens almost three years ago: Bedroom recordings became critically acclaimed albums, viral prank videos gave way to...

    March 24, 2013 3:18 PM ET
  • D'Angelo and Questlove Let Loose in Brooklyn

    D'Angelo and Questlove Let Loose in Brooklyn | ARTICLE

    "My name is Questlove, so I know I get love," the Roots' cheerful drummer beckoned during his Brooklyn Bowl show with D'Angelo on Monday night. "But please, please, let him know that he is loved!" The sold-out...

    March 5, 2013 11:30 AM ET
  • Toro y Moi Bring Date Night to Brooklyn

    Toro y Moi Bring Date Night to Brooklyn | ARTICLE

    "Happy Valentine's Day, guys! It's good to see all your faces again," Chaz Bundick shouts to an enthusiastic crowd at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. The male suitors in the audience know they've nailed it...

    February 15, 2013 12:50 PM ET
  • Robert Glasper Experiment Redefine 'Black Radio'

    Robert Glasper Experiment Redefine 'Black Radio' | ARTICLE

    Black music is at a curious juncture. It's never been more widespread or fragmented: radio stations and music blogs war over programming lists, polarizing projects are deemed both "the best major-label debut in recent...

    January 11, 2013 12:50 PM ET
  • Lil Reese Keeps Fans Waiting in New York

    Lil Reese Keeps Fans Waiting in New York | ARTICLE

    "If I could rap, I'd perform the songs for y'all, I swear!" rising Houston DJ OG Chase B bantered with the fatigued crowd well past midnight at New York City's Santos Party House on Thursday night. The...

    December 21, 2012 1:20 PM ET
  • Big Boi Previews Funky 'Vicious Lies' Tracks in Brooklyn

    Big Boi Previews Funky 'Vicious Lies' Tracks in Brooklyn | ARTICLE

    "It's cool to put the damn cameras down and start clapping!" Big Boi shouted playfully to the packed crowd last night at Converse's Rubber Tracks Studios in Brooklyn's Williamsburg neighborhood. But no one risked missing a moment...

    November 14, 2012 2:00 PM ET
  • Rihanna Previews 'Unapologetic' at Benefit for Hurricane Sandy Victims

    Rihanna Previews 'Unapologetic' at Benefit for Hurricane Sandy Victims | ARTICLE

    Rihanna’s Navy was at attention in New York City on Friday night when the pop princess held a listening party for her upcoming album, Unapologetic. Frenzied fans and industry stiffs brushed shoulders at the 40/40...

    November 10, 2012 12:35 PM ET
  • Kendrick Lamar Previews Long-Awaited Major-Label Debut

    Kendrick Lamar Previews Long-Awaited Major-Label Debut | ARTICLE

    As industry stiffs fought past rain-soaked fans into Chung King studios in Manhattan last night for a Kendrick Lamar listening party, speculation flew as quickly as over-enthusiastic daps and business cards. "This better be the rap equivalent...

    September 19, 2012 10:20 AM ET
  • Missy Elliott Debuts Two New Singles

    Missy Elliott Debuts Two New Singles | VIDEO

    Longtime collaborators Missy Elloitt and Timbaland debuted "9th Inning" and "Triple Threat" on New York's Hot 97, before taking to Ustream to chat with fans and promote Elliott's upcoming album, tentatively titled either Class Dismissed or the previously announced Block Party. "A...

    September 18, 2012 8:40 AM ET
  • DMX Scoffs at Drake, Praises Machine Gun Kelly While Talking Up New Album

    DMX Scoffs at Drake, Praises Machine Gun Kelly While Talking Up New Album | ARTICLE

    DMX had some choice words for Drake during a gripping interview with MTV RapFix yesterday. When host Sway asked for his thoughts on Drake producing a new posthumous album by Aaliyah, the Dog had a bone to...

    September 13, 2012 1:55 PM ET
  • Q&A: Lupe Fiasco on Tupac, Album Leaks and Leaving the Game

    Q&A: Lupe Fiasco on Tupac, Album Leaks and Leaving the Game | ARTICLE

    Lupe Fiasco doesn't really like music journalists. At least, that's how he comes across over the phone the day after an impromptu listening session for his latest project, Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap...

    August 27, 2012 3:55 PM ET
  • AfroPunk Festival Emerges Victorious With Janelle Monae, TV on the Radio

    AfroPunk Festival Emerges Victorious With Janelle Monae, TV on the Radio | ARTICLE

    AfroPunk's slogan, "The Other Black Experience," is outdated. In the decade since founders Matthew Morgan and James Spooner set out to document the burgeoning scene of black punk and hardcore kids across the country, that binary understanding...

    August 27, 2012 1:05 PM ET
  • Beanie Sigel Celebrates New Album With Older Material at New York Show

    Beanie Sigel Celebrates New Album With Older Material at New York Show | ARTICLE

    "We 'bout to get dark for a minute," Beanie Sigel warned the rambunctious crowd in New York City's SOBs Thursday night. "If you scared, say you scared. It's a exit over there."  Of course, no hip-hop fan would...

    August 20, 2012 2:30 PM ET
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