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Hear Mono/Poly's hazy new trip-hop track 'Empyrean'

 Producer Charles Dickerson, a.k.a. Mono/Poly, is a member of L.A.’s massively influential avant-hip-hop crew Brainfeeder whose cosmic beats have made fans out of Erykah Badu and members of Radiohead. On Aug. 26, he’ll release his third album, Golden Skies, which exemplifies Brainfeeder’s reputation for blending classic rap, soul, jazz, and funk into a warm, organic whole that sounds both intensely futuristic and deeply retro at the same time somehow.

Golden Skies features a number of guests, including Mendee Ichikawa of the group Free Moral Agents, who provides vocals on the track “Empyrean.” Working together, the pair conjures up a hazy trip-hop vibe with twinkling, detuned synthesizers that sound like interstellar communications from a group of very stoned aliens. You can preorder the album here. READ FULL STORY

Watch A$AP Rocky hang out at Kathy Griffin's house in a NSFW scene from new Noisey doc here -- EXCLUSIVE

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The upcoming A$AP Rocky documentary SVDDXNLY is not short on celebrity cameos: There be Snoop; there be Macklemore; there be Drake and Rihanna and Schoolboy Q and Big Sean and Bun B and Chris Brown and Wiz Khalifa and Jeremy Scott and Glee‘s Naya Rivera looking like she took a real wrong left turn at the Glendale Galleria.

But the hour-long film’s maximum bonkers moment may be the footage of Rocky’s visit to the Los Angeles home of actress/comedian/Bravolebrity Kathy Griffin, in which two famous people arrive as strangers and leave as death-wish friends, and A$AP learns many new things about sex, secret handshakes, and how to light a very expensive fireplace from the future.

Click below to watch what happened when A$AP met Kathy –it’s just like when Harry Met Sally, but with 87% more hand job jokes. (Again, this clip is not NSFW): READ FULL STORY

Nicki Minaj's 'Anaconda' sneaks online

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Nicki Minaj has been spending the summer casually stealing songs out from under everyone, from virally popular underground rappers to chart-topping pop starlets. For her latest and most audacious trick, she’s flipped Sir Mix-A-Lot’s enduring classic “Baby Got Back” into “Anaconda,” a swan dive back into the gleeful raunchiness of her early mixtape days.

A very, very low quality rip of the song leaked online last night (it’ll be officially released on August 5)—and while it may sound terrible, you can at least hear Nicki turning the tables on Mix-A-Lot’s original, taking on the role of the big-bootied girl who actually wields the power in the situation. She also makes some comparisons between the male anatomy and certain famously phallic French architectural landmarks. With its unbridled lewdness, the song doesn’t seem likely to become a standard at wedding receptions in the foreseeable future—but you probably could have said the same thing about “Baby Got Back” in 1992. READ FULL STORY

Behind the scenes at Danny Brown's 'Smokin' & Drinkin' video shoot

Wednesday night in a Greenpoint apartment, the air was thick with weed smoke. All of the furniture in the living room was shoved into one corner, while in the kitchen, a group of partially undressed young people milled around with drinks in their hands. Rap songs played out of a small guitar amp on the floor. It looked like a house party, aside from the lighting rigs and the large camera dolly in the middle of the room.

In actuality, it was the video shoot for Detroit rapper Danny Brown’s A-Trak-produced “Smokin’ & Drinkin'” off last year’s album, Old. “The way I’ve been explaining it to people,” says director Alan Del Rio Ortiz, “is like a house party, but in a dream. So there’s a lot of strange lighting and strange camera movements going on. We have Froot Loops everywhere. The hardest thing was really the logistics of getting a really crazy party going with people who’ve never met each other.” READ FULL STORY

That rapper vocabulary chart is getting its own poster

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Remember the guy who did a data analysis on a bunch of rappers’ lyrics to figure out which one’s work uses the largest vocabulary? The one that drew about equal amounts of respect and ire from rap fans, inspiring some of the geekier ones to debate anew whether the size of an MC’s vocabulary necessarily has any bearing on how good a rapper they are?

That guy, a coder and designer named Matt Daniels, has teamed up with another bunch of data-loving designers at Pop Chart Lab, which in the past has made gorgeous infographics about everything from superpowers to fictional beers. Together they’ve assembled the Hip-Hop Flow Chart, which arranges the information in a visually pleasing way with illustrated portraits of each rapper in the survey. They’ve also color-coded the artists by where they hail from, giving the rap geeks who argued over the original chart a bonus subject to fight about. (Click the image above to preview the whole thing.)

The poster’s officially being released August 5, but it’s available for pre-order now.

The 5 very best things about DMX's amusement park video

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Being a DMX fan has been kind of tough for the past, oh, 13 years or so, what with his arrests, lawsuits, and assorted personal issues overshadowing (often by quite a bit) his musical accomplishments since approximately “Who We Be.” If you have any genuine love for the man, just seeing his name pop up in the news can be distressing, especially if there’s video involved.

Occasionally, though, X will still prove himself capable of bringing pure joy, untainted by gross schadenfreude, into the world. And this video of him riding an amusement park ride that shoots people almost 400 feet into the air at high speed is one of those moments.


Nearly every second of the video offers another reason why it’s the best thing in the world. Here are the top five highlights:

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Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj team up for the fiery 'Bang Bang'

If you notice your computer or smartphone running hot recently, it may be because the internet is currently on fire after the release of “Bang Bang,” an en fuego team-up between Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, and British pop star Jessie J. Written and produced by much of the creative team behind Grande’s “Problem,” including Swedish pop warlock Max Martin, “Bang Bang” is a floor-shaking pileup of soulful horn stabs and detuned kick drums. It sounds like the hyperactive love child of Amy Winehouse and DJ Mustard with a three-way battle between the vocalists to see who can go the hardest. It’s tempting to call the contest for Nicki just on general principle—bonus points for her “Queen Nicki dominant, prominent” line—but Grande’s performance, which feels like she’s determined to jump through your headphones and physically tackle your eardrums, offers some serious competition. READ FULL STORY

Azealia Banks releases first single since splitting from label

Rapper Azealia Banks has spent more time over the past couple years starting Internet beefs than putting out music, but after her recent split with Universal Music Group she seems to be turning that around. Yesterday she released her first new song as a lead artist in nearly a year, and she didn’t insult anyone on Twitter in the process.

“Heavy Metal and Reflective,” which she’s released through her own label Azealia Banks Records, is an odd choice as both a comeback single and a declaration of independence. The rumbling rave-trap beat by producer Lil Internet—the Beyoncé video director who inspired the seapunk aesthetic that Banks has been accused of ripping off in the past—is sufficiently banging, but Banks approaches it with a low-key, conversational flow that doesn’t do much to suggest a take-no-prisoners rapper who’s just been let off her label-imposed chain. READ FULL STORY

How did Samm Levine of 'Freaks and Geeks' end up in Ice Cube's 'Drop Girl' video?

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There’s a lot going on in the just-released music video for Ice Cube’s “Drop Girl,” the latest single from his forthcoming album Everythang’s Corrupt: The giant heads of Cube and his collaborators RedFoo and 2 Chainz, more than a few female derrieres, and… Wait, is that Neal from Freaks and Geeks?

That is in fact Samm Levine as the lead scientist handling research on ladies’ behinds. “The truth of the matter is that anyone who knows me in my personal life knows that finding the perfect booty is something I’m deeply concerned with and have been for years,” Levine tells EW. “I actually run a lab out of my basement. Everyone there is a volunteer, they come on their own volition. When they asked if they could shoot the music video there, I had no problem with it. It was really more of a documentary than anything else.” READ FULL STORY

T.I. and Tiny are fighting and writing songs about it

On a good day, rapper T.I. and his wife Tameka “Tiny” Harris have enough drama going on in their lives to test the very limits of the reality show they’ve inhabited since 2011 on T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle, and the past few months have been particularly dramatic—even by their standards.

Never ones to handle things anything close to quietly, Tip and Tiny have apparently decided to address the situation through a pair of songs about their relationship. Yesterday, T.I. released a new single, “Stay,” a slow jam with an early-Kanye-style chipmunk soul sample and nostalgia-drenched lyrics that profess undying devotion to a woman with the clumsily earnest hyperbole of a New Edition song. (“Girl, together or apart / But you’ll be forever in my heart, I swear.”)

T.I. and boxer Floyd Mayweather have been beefing recently, and back in May the situation escalated when Mayweather seemingly claimed during a press conference to have slept with Tiny. (Mayweather says he was misheard.) At the same time, the runaway success of T.I.’s protege Iggy Azalea has reignited longstanding rumors that their relationship extends beyond business.

At nearly the same time “Stay” went online, Tiny was posting a new video for “What You Gon Do?” which offers a much different take, and as its combative title suggests (the dirty version is actually called “What The F@#K You Gon Do?”), it doesn’t share “Stay”‘s optimistic perspective. The co-writer of “No Scrubs,” Harris is an expert at airing out men who don’t meet her standards, and the lyrics run down a long list of a partner’s shortcomings, interspersed with threats to up and leave him. The combination of unflinching frankness and a beat that consists of little more than a fantastically deep bass line is enough to blow the sappy “Stay” out of the water. If Tiny and T.I. are entering a full-blown feud with one another (whether actual, scripted or somewhere in between), she’s taking an early lead.

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