Kenny Beats Is Working On The New IDLES Album

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Kenny Beats has made a name for himself by producing for some of rap’s shining lights, including Vince Staples, Freddie Gibbs, and 03 Greedo. His collaboration with Rico Nasty, Anger Management, is among the best albums of the year. His next collaboration is a little outside his wheelhouse, though. More »

The 10 Best Rap Albums Of 2019

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At the end of 2019, rap is the most popular form of music in America, and maybe in the entire world. We know this. The data bears it out. But one thing that the data doesn’t quite show is us that rap, like every other genre of music in our atomized age, is not a … More »

The 20 Best Music Videos Of 2019

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Music-videosThe streaming services are starting to figure something out: People like music. People also like to throw on things to watch casually in the background. That means we’re now getting Netflix-funded projects like Paul Thomas Anderson and Thom Yorke’s Anima short film, or like Beyoncé’s Coachella concert movie Homecoming. That’s only beginning. We’re going to … More »

The 50 Best Albums Of 2019

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For many of us, 2019 has been a year of flux — politically, culturally, professionally, personally. It’s hard to envision what the future might bring since the recent past has shown us that we don’t know half the things we thought we knew. In unsteady times, music can be a balm and also a mirror. More »

03 Greedo & Kenny Beats – “Disco Shit” (Feat. Freddie Gibbs) Video

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03-Greedo-and-Kenny-Beats-Disco-Shit-videoLA rap cult hero 03 Greedo is currently in prison, serving a 20-year sentence for meth and firearm possession. But before he went to prison, Greedo recorded a whole lot of music, and that music has been coming out ever since. A few months ago, we got Meet The Drummers, his collaborative EP … More »

Watch Danny Brown Freestyle With Kenny Beats

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Danny BrownThe Cave, the regular YouTube show from the great rap producer Kenny Beats, might be the rap album of the year. Every couple of weeks, Kenny invites a different rapper to the studio, makes a custom beat according to their specifications, and then has them freestyle over it. More »

Watch JPEGMAFIA Preview His “Disappointing” New Album With Kenny Beats

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JPEGMAFIA-and-Kenny-BeatsLate last year, Baltimore rap expressionist JPEGMAFIA teamed up with exploding producer Kenny Beats for the fired-up single “Puff Daddy.” And earlier this year, JPEGMAFIA was the first guest on The Cave, Kenny Beats’ great YouTube freestyle series. Lately, JPEGMAFIA has been working on a new album, which he keeps saying … More »

Kenny Beats’ YouTube Show Might Be The Rap Album Of The Year

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Kenny-BeatsA fascinating thing about rap music: It may be the only form of music where personality and digital ephemera matter at least as much as music itself. Within rap music, hit songs make a difference, of course. So do classic albums. But they aren’t the only things that matter. Transcendent rap moments can come in … More »

Watch Denzel Curry Freestyle With Kenny Beats

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Denzel-Curry-and-Kenny-BeatsFor the past few months, my favorite thing on the internet has been The Cave, a biweekly video series from the great rap producer Kenny Beats. Once every two weeks, Kenny welcomes a new rapper into his studio. After asking for what specific type of beat the rapper wants, Kenny spends a few … More »

Polo G And The New Chicago Blues

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Polo-GIt sounds like a mantra, a Zen koan: “We pop out at your party, I’m with the gang / And it’s gon’ be a robbery, so tuck your chain.” … More »