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12.30.13 Aymann Ismail

Since his “Rap Quotes” project in New York went viral, artist Jay Shells continued to expand the series. He put up a bunch more in Harlem and now, ANIMAL rejoins him in Los Angeles. Jay Shells installed official-looking street signs featuring hip hop lyrics of Snoop Dogg, Xzibit, Warren G, Notorious B.I.G., Kendrick Lamar and more — at the exact locations called out […]

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12.23.13 Andy Cush

Mass Appeal‘s “What The Hec,” a series of animations published on Instagram, excellently riffs on hip-hop music and culture. Often, they’ll take existing audio from rap recordings, then add their own cartoonish visuals and context. Below are a few more of our favorites, see the rest on Mass Appeal‘s Instagram. Here’s a good one that takes aim at one […]

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Andy Cush

Geohot, née George Hotz, the hacker who was the first to jailbreak an iPhone back in 2007–at age 17, no less–also makes rap songs, as The Verge points out. Let’s have a look at his SoundCloud. Needless to say, he is not exactly Kendrick Lamar. Fuck, he’s not even Paul Barman. “Literally Sick” is Odd Future-lite, three […]

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12.17.13 Andy Cush

Today, the southwest corner of Rivington and Ludlow Streets houses Wolfnights, a restaurant that “delivers an exciting and refreshing take on the ordinary wrap,” according to its website. In the 1980s, it housed Lee’s Sportswear, but hip-hop fans better know that business by another name: Paul’s Boutique. The spot–99 Rivington, to be precise–is the setting […]

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12.13.13 Andy Cush

On Monday, Complex released its list of the year’s 50 best albums, as music-based mags are wont to do. Predictably but reasonably, Yeezus took the top spot, and the full list was full of other great stuff as well: ANIMAL favorites like Chance the Rapper, Pusha T, Danny Brown, Run the Jewels, and Action Bronson […]

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12.04.13 Andy Cush

Some possible insight into Kanye West’s claim that his next album will be the Born in the U.S.A. to Yeezus’s Nebraska: In an interview with Elliott Wilson for Life+Times, Q-Tip announced that he and Rick Rubin will be producing it. Tip and Rubin are as responsible as anyone for the warm, sample-based sound associated with “classic” East Coast hip-hop, perhaps the […]

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12.03.13 Andy Cush

“Listen In” is a weekly feature in which we ask musicians to curate a mixtape-length YouTube playlist of songs they’re currently digging. Today’s playlist comes from Rhode Island-based producer The Range, who selected a mix of mid-’90s R&B and hip-hop, bookended by two more contemporary tracks: MssngNo’s “Brandy Flip” up front, and Justin Bieber’s Terius […]

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11.21.13 Andy Cush

Each week in Sample Wars, we’ll pit two songs which sample the same source material head-to-head against each other, to determine which one rocked the sample better. I was hoping to look at “Numbers on the Boards” this week, but couldn’t find any track that shares its absolutely bonkers sample of an early electronic music curiosity. Instead, […]

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11.05.13 Andy Cush

“Listen In” is a weekly feature in which we ask musicians to curate a mixtape-length YouTube playlist of songs they’re currently digging. Today we have a playlist from the producer RJD2, who’s moved from straight hip-hop to psychedelic sample-based music to twisted jazz-pop and back again over the course of his career. Fittingly his playlist […]

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10.22.13 Andy Cush

“Listen In” is a weekly feature in which we ask musicians to curate a mixtape-length YouTube playlist of songs they’re currently digging. For this week’s Listen In, we’ve enlisted the inimitable rap veteran Freeway, who provided a playlist full of hip hop cuts from the past year. Fellow Philadelphians Meek Mill and Young Chris show […]

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