Stream N.E.R.D. No_One Ever Really Dies

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N.E.R.D’s last album, Nothing, came out in 2010, so the release of their comeback LP today has been a long time coming. They’ve been teasing No_One Ever Really Dies with some monster collaborations; we heard Rihanna rap on the album’s lead single last month, followed by an André 3000 feature, a beautiful and politically charged music video with More »

Stream Charli XCX Pop 2

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It’s been just about three years since Charli XCX’s last full-fledged LP, the brash and addictive Sucker. But in that time, the pop visionary and Millennial Pink enthusiast has been far from quiet, releasing a steady stream of music via EPs, singles, or mixtapes ahead of her heavily anticipated third … More »

Stream Eminem Revival

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Eminem made his grand reentry into the public eye this fall with a widely circulated and debated BET Hip-Hop Awards freestyle targeting President Donald Trump, which was a positive gesture but also totally suuuuuuucked. He followed that up with “Walk On Water,” a tepid Beyoncé collaboration that saw him turning that critical eye … More »

Stream Brockhampton Saturation III

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Of all the artists we placed on our list of the year’s best new bands, few have had a 2017 quite as ascendant as Brockhampton’s. Over the course of a few months, a unique origin story, a pair of albums, and clamorous internet buzz all propelled the rap collective into the limelight. And for … More »

Stream Harry Fraud The Coast Mixtape

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Brooklyn producer Harry Fraud has become a New York institution, and the guest-list on his new mixtape The Coast demonstrates how popular his latter-day boom-bap stylings have become. French Montana, Rick Ross, Playboi Carti, Action Bronson, Wiz Khalifa, Skepta, Curren$y, and Lil Yachty are just some of the featured performers, and both Prodigy and Chinx … More »

Stream America’s Hardcore Volume 4 Compilation

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We’re currently living through a very good time for DIY hardcore — partly because there are a lot of great bands out there and partly because resources like Bandcamp make it a whole lot easier for the uninitiated to find those bands. Since 2010, the Boston label Triple B has been collecting music … More »

Stream Lithuania White Reindeer

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The Philadelphia trio Lithuania play a fizzy, tuneful, emo-influenced kind of pop-punk, just barely skirting the edges of power pop. Bassist and singer Eric Slick also plays in Dr. Dog, but that doesn’t really tell you what kind of band they are. Hop Along singer Frances Quinlan guested on the band’s last album, 2015’s More »

Stream Left Cross Chaos Ascension

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The Richmond, Virginia band Left Cross play a fast, brutal, almost feverish version of old-school death metal, their lo-fi production gurgle helping their songs descend into blurry murk. The band serves as a sort of unifier between Richmond’s thriving punk and metal scenes; while the music is pure metal, the politics and context aren’t too … More »

Stream G Perico 2 Tha Left

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Earlier this year, the diamond-hard South Central Los Angeles rapper G Perico released All Blue, his official debut and one of the best rap albums of the year. He didn’t waste any time following it up. Today, Perico has released the new album 2 Tha Left, another LP full of efficient trunk-rattlers and deeply … More »

Stream Tee Grizzley & Lil Durk Bloodas

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We are currently living through a new boom in collaborative rap albums, but very few of those albums show the the kind of chemistry that Midwestern tough guys Tee Grizzley and Lil Durk bring to their new team-up Bloodas. Tee Grizzley, the urgent and breathless street-rap newcomer from Detroit, and Lil Durk, the melodic … More »