25 Great EPs From 2017

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Over the last couple years, we’ve seen the rise of the “mini-album,” an inexplicable term that is, I guess, supposed to signify some kind of intentionality and artistic vision that an EP simply cannot capture. It’s a designation that’s been rightfully met with ribbing derision, but it’s an interesting development that speaks to some larger … More »

Swet Shop Boys – “Zayn Malik” Video

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Swet Shop Boys - Zayn Malik videoA few years ago, Heems, the former Das Racist member, and Riz MC, better known to most as the movie and TV star Riz Ahmed, teamed up to form the rap duo Swet Shop Boys. Last year, they came out with the stirring, swaggering debut album Cashmere. And today, they’ve made a dark and … More »

Watch Riz Ahmed Rap About Star Wars On The Tonight Show

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Riz Ahmed on The Tonight ShowRiz Ahmed is one hell of an actor, and later this year, he’ll follow up his memorable star turn as Naz on The Night Of by playing a character named Bohdi Rook in Star Wars: Rogue One. But Ahmed, as you already know if you’ve been reading this site, is also one hell of a … More »

Stream Swet Shop Boys Cashmere

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Swet Shop Boys - CashmereTwo years ago, Heems, the former Das Racist member, teamed up with Riz Ahmed, a Pakistani-British rapper and actor who records under the name Riz MC, to release a deeply promising free EP under the amazing name Swet Shop Boys. Next week, Heems and Riz make good on that promise. In the years since … More »

Swet Shop Boys – “T5″ Video

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Swet Shop Boys - T5 videoNext month, we’ll get to hear Cashmere, the debut full-length from Swet Shop Boys, the duo of former Das Racist member Heems and the British actor and rapper Riz Ahmed. “T5,” the album’s opening track is a playful-but-angry song about always being racially profiled while going through airport customs. And the song’s brand-new video … More »

Swet Shop Boys – “Shottin’”

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Swet Shop Boys - CashmereThe Swet Shop Boys duo of Heems (formerly of Das Racist) and Riz MC (actor Riz Ahmed of HBO’s The Night Of) are set to drop the Cashmere LP next month. The album is full of slick, scathing commentary on what it means to be brown in America. But it’s not heavy-handed, as they strike … More »

Atlanta Is A Good TV Show

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AtlantaI shoved Donald Glover once. This was about five years ago, at a big G.O.O.D. Music showcase in a converted power plant in Austin, during SXSW. Getting into that thing was, as I’m sure you could imagine, a tremendous hassle. And once I staked out a spot I liked — close to the stage, but … More »

Swet Shop Boys – “Zayn Malik”

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Swet Shop Boys - CashmereThe Swet Shop Boys duo of Heems (formerly of Das Racist) and Riz MC (actor Riz Ahmed of HBO’s The Night Of) are gearing up to drop the Cashmere LP next month. We’ve already heard “T5” and “Tiger Hologram,” and today they share “Zayn Malik.” It’s pretty much a warning shot that it’s … More »

Swet Shop Boys – “Tiger Hologram”

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Swet Shop Boys - Tiger HologramSwet Shop Boys is the rap duo of Heems, the former Das Racist member, and Riz MC — better known as Riz Ahmed, the actor who plays the lead of HBO’s The Night Of. These two put out a great EP two years ago, and earlier this month, they finally announced the impending release … More »

Does Lil Yachty Suck?

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Lil YachtyWhen the New Jersey group P.M. Dawn came along in 1991, rap didn’t know what to do with them. Here were these guys who seemed proud of being soft. They broke out with a song that sampled ’80s new-romantics Spandau Ballet. They dressed in ways that were deeply, distinctively goofy — the dashikis, the John … More »