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  • 2 years ago

    Ty Dolla $ign sings, writes, and produces, has a premium pedigree (his dad was in Lakeside, of “Fantastic Voyage” fame), and is proficient with all the instruments and sounds in the r&b/electro/funk constellation. In short, he’s ...

  • 2 years ago

    Starting with the sunny, Sunday-morning harmonies that open “Good Ass Intro”, Chance the Rapper’s April mixtape, Acid Rap, is a striking accord of feel-good, neo-soul sounds and compulsively-rhymed, P.T.S.D.-afflicted raps. Chanc...

  • 2 years ago

    Though this performance commemorates its 20-year existence, Black Moon’s canonical boom-bap rap album, Enta Da Stage, shouldn’t be regarded as a reliquary for the dry bones of styles bygone. Producers Da Beatminerz assembled the origin...

  • 2 years ago

    When Shabazz Palaces cryptically surfaced in 2009, their dense and recondite alloy of styles—inner-city griotry, Zimbabwean melodies, and nomadic sub-bass frequencies—was considered “avant-rap.” Since then, a whole new gene...

  • 2 years ago

    On 2012’s Strictly 4 My P.A.P.I.Z., Spanish Harlem’s Bodega Bamz resurrected the dormant “Rap-o Clap-o” of his neighborhood’s original rappin’ salsero, Joe Bataan, but with the added goth trap-pings of A$AP&rsqu...

  • 2 years ago

    By the end of 2012, French Montana had emerged as a quintessential figure of the reigning rap vogue, riding high on the (post-Coke) wave of his appearances on last year’s most seasonally significant 
anthems: “Shot Caller (Remix...

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