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Exclusive music video: K.Flay's hook-filled 'Thicker Than Dust'

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As big as hip-hop’s tent has gotten, Bay Area rapper K.Flay still stands out as something of an oddity: a Stanford double-major (psychology and sociology) who’s worked with Liam Howlett from ’90s electro-punks the Prodigy and toured with Icona Pop and Passion Pit.

After a stint on a major label, she’s gone independent for her new album Life as a Dog, which she crowdfunded through PledgeMusic. The album, out today, pairs spaced-out rap beats and chiming indie rock that K.Flay tops with her frequently tricky flows, making a chocolate-in-my-peanut-butter situation that should please rap-loving indie rockers, or the other way around.

After the jump, we have an exclusive first look at her new video for the uber-hooky single “Thicker Than Dust.”

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Exclusive: Open Mike Eagle's 'Doug Stamper' video featuring Hannibal Buress

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Open Mike Eagle is a very funny rapper from Chicago living in L.A. Hannibal Buress is a very funny standup comedian from Chicago living in New York City. Recently, they got together to make a video for “Doug Stamper,” a song from Open Mike’s new LP Dark Comedy (out now on Mello Music Group) named after Frank Underwood’s ruthlessly efficient (and possibly deceased) chief of staff on House of Cards. As you might expect, it’s very funny, with an advice-show setup that you might find genuinely useful—as long as you live in a small town and you’re in love with your cousin.

Mike says, “Hannibal and I commissioned secret focus groups on Black Twitter to come up with some raps that would be genuinely helpful. There’s a vicious rumour going around that Amy Poehler wrote Hannibal’s verse, but thats unfair and subtly racist. In memory of the God Doug Stamper.”

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Drake and Lil Wayne announce 'Drake vs. Lil Wayne' tour

Jay-Z isn’t the only rapper who can co-headline a tour with another superstar this summer.

Today, Drake and Lil Wayne announced their joint tour “Drake vs. Lil Wayne,” which will visit 31 cities in the U.S. and kicks off on August 8th in Darien, New York. This is first time that the two YMCB labelmates will top a bill together.  READ FULL STORY

Governors Ball 2014, Day 2: Jack White, The Strokes, Sleigh Bells go big

At any weekend festival, Saturday is typically the most important day; it also tends to be the best attended. (Friday gets cut off because it’s still a work day; Sunday gets truncated because of exhaustion.)

With that many people going all-in, everything gets heightened: the weather hits harder, the choices made about who to watch and what to skip become more dramatic, and the pressure gets ratcheted up for everybody on stage, especially the closers.

Such was the case on Saturday, the second day of Governors Ball 2014, and luckily, headliner Jack White is no stranger to pressure. White has headlined many a festival before, so he’s an old hand at commanding the whims of tens of thousands at a time, and he stuck to the biggest meat-and-potatoes riffs in his catalog to keep the crowd stirred after a long day of baking in the sun.  READ FULL STORY

Governors Ball 2014, Day 1: OutKast, Phoenix, Jenny Lewis in a New York state of mind

Sure, it wasn’t completely underwater this year, but Governors Ball remains one of the more problematic three-day festivals on the summer calendar: it’s in too remote a location, the layout is cramped, and the lineup too schizophrenic for the volume of acts on the bill.

The bulk of those negative vibes got washed away the second the curtain dropped on the GovBallNYC Stage, revealing OutKast’s Andre 3000 and Big Boi, who immediately tore into a neck-snapping rendition of the blistering Stankonia single “B.O.B (Bombs Over Baghdad).” READ FULL STORY

Drake drops new single, hints at album release date

Rapper, Canadian, Saturday Night Live double-threat, and future ESPYs host Drake dropped a fresh song late last night. It’s called “0 to 100 / The Catch Up,” and it is as clear an elucidation of Drake’s state of mind as there is in his catalog.  READ FULL STORY

Iggy Azalea tops Hot 100 with 'Fancy,' matches Beatles for chart record

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It’s still early in the season, but right now it looks the battle for the official song of the summer is being fought (and won) by a single woman.

On this week’s Billboard Hot 100, Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” has landed number one, knocking John Legend’s “All of Me” from the top spot and passing Ariana Grande’s “Problem” in the process.

Of course, Azalea is also a featured guest on “Problem,” and with that song at number two this week, Azalea has pulled off something pretty remarkable: READ FULL STORY

Tupac musical director Kenny Leon on the 10 year journey to 'Holler If Ya Hear Me'

Theater director Kenny Leon, who was just nominated for a Tony for Best Direction of a Play for his work on the revival of A Raisin in the Sun, knows that his next project is perhaps the most challenging of his career.

Then again, the subject whose songs inspired the new show was no stranger to struggle. Holler If Ya Hear Me, a new musical written by Todd Kreidler and directed by Leon, is inspired by the life and work of late hip-hop legend Tupac Shakur.

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Eminem celebrates Mother's Day with Spike Lee-directed 'Headlights' video: Watch it here

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One of the great ongoing narratives in the music world is the continued success of Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2 which has kept moving big units since its release last November, without very much promotion or fanfare. But when Eminem does come out of hiding to plug a new single, he does it in the biggest ways possible.

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Wu Tang's 'secret' album has a new featured guest: Cher

Cher will appear on two tracks off of Wu-Tang’s upcoming “secret album” The Wu – Once Upon a Time in Shaolin. (Hear a snippet here).

I imagine the conversation that led to this decision went something like this: READ FULL STORY

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