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04.07.14 Marina Galperina

In “Ads Libitum,” French artist David Redon replaced Uncle Sam with André 3000 and Rosie the Riveter with Kanye West in classic American political posters. His vintage magazine ad remixes have these nice little hand-drawn details and meticulous digital flourishes, all for the sake of hip hop lyrics puns in an advertising context. Dirt Off Your Shoulders shampoo or So […]

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03.28.14 Andy Cush

Migos’ No Label II is a good mixtape, but it’s also 25 tracks long. Commenting on the tape at Pitchfork, Carrie Battan wrote, reasonably, that she would “enjoy this mixtape quite a bit if it were six to eight tracks shorter.” Well, here’s 10 Track Tapes, a new project from Meaghan Garvey aimed at “streamlining new and […]

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03.27.14 Andy Cush

Last time we looked at Mass Appeal’s “Rhythm Roulette” series, El-P crafted a dissonant banger out of three records selected at random. The latest installment is from Detroit producer Black Milk, who makes something altogether more chilled-out. Shout out to Herb Alpert, staple of thrift stores and record store bargain bins everywhere. […]

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03.26.14 Andy Cush

De La Soul are suddenly on the forefront of music distribution. The classic hip hop group, who haven’t released a physical album since 2004’s underrated The Grind Date, put most of their records online for free download in February. And now, they’ve released a new mixtape exclusively via BitTorrent. Well, that “new” part needs a bit of a […]

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03.11.14 Andy Cush

In a proclamation to be issued today, City Council will recognize Kurtis Blow, Melle Mel, Afrika Bambaata, Grand Wizard Theodore, Grandmaster Caz, and a host of other first-generation hip hop icons. The honors were announced in a statement issued by Bronx Councilman Fernando Cabrera’s office. According to Cabrera, all honorees will be in attendance at City Hall […]

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03.05.14 Andy Cush

Well, this is unusual. To promote the next season of smash-hit Game of Thrones, HBO will release a mixtape of hip hop and Latin artists making music about the show. Participating musicians include Wale, Big Boi, Daddy Yankee, Bodega Bamz, and Common. From the sound of things, it’s a pretty blatant ploy to attract a nonwhite audience. […]

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02.14.14 Andy Cush

The 25th anniversary of De La Soul’s classic debut 3 Feet High and Rising comes next month, and to celebrate, the group released their entire catalog (save 2004’s better-than-you-think The Grind Date) for free on their website this morning. Act quickly if you want to download it — the albums will only be available until tomorrow at noon. Due […]

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02.10.14 Andy Cush

“Beastie Boys Square” may not happen, and “Christopher Wallace Way” is as good as dead, but Shane Rossi is giving some solace to fans of New York City hip hop. On Friday, February 7th, the Bronx resident and hip hop fan placed a sign at 163rd Street and Rogers Place in the BX, marking the […]

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02.07.14 Andy Cush

In January, we told you that the plan to rename the corner of Ludlow and Rivington Streets on the Lower East Side “Beastie Boys Square” had hit a snag. Manhattan’s Community Board 3 had rejected LeRoy McCarthy’s application to memorialize the Paul’s Boutique corner, but would hold another vote if he could accrue a few hundred more […]

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02.06.14 Andy Cush

If two Danish dudes carefully playing the melody to Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five’s “The Message” on empty beer bottles as they look into each other’s eyes isn’t the epitome of goofy white people-ness, I don’t know what is. Still, by the time The Bottle Boys‘ hip-hop bottle medley gets to “Hard Knock Life,” […]

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