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Word Is Bond: Black Hippy and the Power of Repetition

<i>Overtones is a column that examines how certain sounds linger in our minds and lives.</i><p>The first cellular bits of rap music I loved were phrases: "Wine and women and song and such"; "The rude Redman rip backbones and hips to bits"; "My vocals exact, like rack and pinion in a Jag." Growing up, I …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Watch Schoolboy Q Perform "Man of the Year" on "Arsenio"

Last night, "The Arsenio Hall Show" welcomed musical guest Schoolboy Q. (It was Q's second late night appearance this week.) He performed his Chromatics-sampling <i>Oxymoron</i> track "Man of the Year".<p>Watch his installment of Pitchfork.tv's "Selector":

Arsenio Hall

KCRW Presents: Lo-FangKCRW

Lo-Fang's Matthew Hemerlein writes poignant lyrics embedded in layers of acoustic and electronic elements. He's also surrounded himself with a trio of talented musicians including Paul Taylor, who crafts percussive sounds using everything from skateboard wheels to plastic frogs. It's a unique sound …


Six weekend breaks in Europe

If you’ve ticked off Europe's big city hitters such as Paris, Rome and Madrid, then <i>Lonely Planet Traveller</i> magazine has some suggestions for your next trip.<p>Jerez de la Frontera, Spain<p>Jerez distils Andalucian culture down to its most dramatic elements. It is a beguiling town of sherry bodegas, sleek …

European Travel

Listen/Watch: Chance the Rapper and Nosaj Thing Team for "Paranoia"

Chance the Rapper and Nosaj Thing: "Paranoia" (via SoundCloud)<p>Young Chicago artist <i>du jour</i> Chance the Rapper recently joined forces with L.A. electronic artist Nosaj Thing for a collaborative track as part of Yours Truly's "Songs From Scratch" series. After a session at Los Angeles' Ironworx …

Chance the Rapper

Watch Kendrick Lamar's "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe" Video: Death to Molly

Here's Kendrick Lamar's "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe" video, featuring Kendrick alongside everyone from Juicy J to Schoolboy Q to Mike Epps. Kendrick attends an atypical funeral ceremony where the attendees are all dressed in white, before heading into a limousine where they pop bottles and party at …

Rap & Hip-Hop

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Listen: New Action Bronson, Angel Haze, Schoolboy Q on XXL Freshmen Mixtape

In tandem with 2013's installment of their annual "Freshmen Class" issue, XXL has posted this accompanying mixtape hosted by DJ Drama, which features new tracks from Action Bronson, Angel Haze (who raps over Purity Ring's "Lofticries"), Schoolboy Q, Joey Bada$$, and Ab-Soul, as well as …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Watch Janelle Monáe and Erykah Badu's "Q.U.E.E.N." Video

Today, Janelle Monáe has premiered a video to accompany her new single, "Q.U.E.E.N.", via BET's "106 & Park". The clip features Monáe and Erykah Badu (or, as she's referred to in the video, Badoula Oblongata) wearing a variety of costumes in different visual settings, and there is a vague sci-fi …

Erykah Badu