It’s A Good Time To Be Bad Bunny

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Bad BunnyThe name Ocasio derives from the Spanish “ocasión,” which means what you think it means: an occasion, a time. According to Ancestry.com, most people named Ocasio are Puerto Rican, in heritage if not in residence, and the word’s “meaning as a surname” is unclear. More »

Lend Me Some Sugar: 8 Takes On The Modern Standard “Hey Ya!”

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Andre 3000 of OutKastPredicting the future of music is a dicey bet, even when you extend the footprint back a quarter-century. Ask me now what songs of the past two-and-a-half decades are going to keep getting covered and sampled and versioned and interpolated and otherwise made memetic long after we’re gone, and I doubt I’d have a better … More »

Hear Car Seat Headrest Cover “Hey Ya,” Smashing Pumpkins, & Darude In Seattle

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Earlier this year, Car Seat Headrest released a reimagined version of his 2011 album, Twin Fantasy. Will Toledo and his band have been on tour pretty much ever since, and they just kicked off a new run of dates that will take them through to March of next year. Over the weekend, they … More »

Big Boi performs OutKast classics during NPR Tiny Desk Concert

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Big Boi is bringing back all the nostalgic memories of OutKast. The Savannah, Georgia native is the latest to take on NPR for their Tiny Desk Concert series. The room was immediately filled with good vibes, live instruments, and the soulful R&B and hip-hop vibes from the ’90s.

“The energy in the room was buoyant and vibrant from the moment they walked in the door,” reads a statement from NPR. “OutKast star Big Boi, Sleepy Brown of the prolific Atlanta production collective Organized Noize, and their eight-member backing band have been working together for 20-plus years, and their chemistry is instantaneous and undeniable.”

Watch below as they perform “So Fresh, So Clean,” “All Night” from his solo album, Boomiverse, and “The Way You Move.”

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Aquemini Turns 20

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OutKast-AqueminiThe horns sit calmly atop the track, precise and regal. The riff they trill out is pretty complicated, but it’s also instantly memorable, a melody that seems familiar the first time you hear it. And you will hear it again and again. You will never stop hearing it. Those horns have become a signifier, a … More »

Childish Gambino – “Feels Like Summer” Video

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Back in May, Donald Glover premiered a striking Childish Gambino music video for his new song, “This Is America.” It was an exciting teaser for a pair of lukewarm tracks that he shared in July, “Summertime Magic” and “Feels Like Summer.” My colleague Chris DeVille titled his The Week In Pop … More »

Here Is Big Boi Training His Owl Hootie To Perch On His Arm

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The 100 Best Songs Of The Century According To Rolling Stone

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Rolling Stone recently polled artists, critics, and industry leaders to create a list of the 100 best songs of the century. While we’re already 18 years into the century, the music industry has gone through a number of twists and turns. Although the list of the greatest songs of the century is highly subjective, artists

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Major Lazer take on classic OutKast sample in new “Fire (Spotie) remix

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We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again: Random White Dude Be Everywhere. 

Diplo has been on an absolute tear lately. In the last two weeks, he’s dropped a radio-ready party cut with Lil Pump for Deadpool 2, he’s debuted an already highly acclaimed disco project dubbed Silk City with Mark Ronson, delivered a summer time jam with frequent collaborator MØ, oh… and scored the World Cup’s 2018 anthem with a comeback-primed Will Smith. But Diplo’s month-long flexing spree wouldn’t be complete without a Major Lazer giveaway, so now the trio have come through with a boisterous dancehall remix that’s perfect for Memorial Day Weekend poolside playlists.

Taking on Jus Now, Dismantle, and Busy Signal’s “Fire (Spotie)” anchored around he horn breakdown of OutKast’s seminal “SpottieOttieDopaliscious,” Major Lazer inject the uninhibited dancehall belter with an additional burst of dance floor appeal and a wild modified jungle break. The original tune, which came by way of Trinidad-meets-UK duo Jus Now and Busy Signal, who famously lended vocals to Major Lazer’s groundbreaking “Watch Out For This,” is now getting a full circle remix from Diplo, Jillionaire, and Walshy Fire, as the Mad Decent helmer just continues to be the summer’s gift that keeps on giving.

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André 3000 – “Me & My (To Bury Your Parents)” & “Look Ma No Hands” (Feat. James Blake)

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Last August, André 3000 told us that rapping was “more like a hobby” to him at this point. He said, “I still love music, but I’m trying to find that deeper thing.” Today he made that clear on two surprise tracks for Mother’s Day, neither of which features a rap verse. More »