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Schoolboy Q | Crash Talk

May 10, 2019

Patience is a virtue that most hip-hop fans don’t possess, and one that they don’t really need to; it’s generally been accepted that in order to stay relevant against the seemingly endless cavalcade of face-tatted SoundCloud youngsters, an artist has to consistently flood the market with new material. This is why Drake just re-released a decade-old mixtape to streaming serves — if it gets people talking about you again, it really doesn’t matter if you’re (pretty literally, in this specific…

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Eminem | The Slim Shady LP

In the winter of 1996, Marshall Mathers put everything on the line. Under the moniker of Eminem, he had been making waves in Detroit’s underground battle rap scene for about half a decade, supporting his family with various odd jobs with the hope his dedication would…

December 1, 2018
#PopRocks by Paul Attard Music

Robyn | Honey

If Ariana Grande’s Sweetener was the feel-good pop project of the (late-ish) summer, focusing on the catharsis of newfound love (at the time…), then Robyn’s Honey is the melancholy-ridden antithesis, appropriately dropped in the middle of fall. The Swedish singer’s eighth album streamlines emotional distress…

November 2, 2018
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M.I.A. | AIM

“Who said it was easy?/They can never stop we” sings the most put-upon recording artist of the last decade — an artist who’s never stopped pulling up her people even as she’s endured pop culture’s repeated persecutions. It’s from the last song on what…

September 29, 2016
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Rae Sremmurd | SremmLife 2

If there were a kingdom for party music, brothers Swae Lee and Slim Jimmi of Rae Sremmurd would be its anointed princes. The two came out of nowhere when, last year, their debut album SremmLife went gold, fulfilling the promise of the two hits that preceded it, “No…

September 6, 2016
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