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Kelela on 'Hallucinogen' EP, Writing 'Bangers' That Carole King Could Cover

"I think I hit a groove, and I finally know how it's going to work," says rising R&B star of process that led to new release<p>The singer Kelela seemed to emerge fully formed in 2013 with <i>Cut 4 Me</i>, an artful debut mixtape that emphasized atmosphere over groove: Vocals seeped and curled like smoke …

Idris Elba on 'Beasts of No Nation' and Making Grown Men Cry

'Most films about Africa are filtered through two-dimensional perspectives; this one's different,' actor says<p>The first time you see Idris Elba in the child-soldier drama <i>Beasts of No Nation,</i> he's emerging out of the jungle brush, cutting through the middle of an army of tiny, …

Afro-Samurai 2 Gets Co-Signs From Big Sean And The RZA

A few days ago (Sept 23rd) Afro-Samurai game publishers <i>Versus Evil</i> teamed up with <i>RevoltTV</i> for a special one of a kind event to celebrate the release …

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DeJ Loaf & Big Sean Tear Up a Rollerink in “Back Up” Video

Columbia Records’ prized emcee DeJ Loaf drops a new video for her infectious single “Back Up,” featuring fellow Detroit native Big Sean. The Alex …

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Dej Loaf Hits the Roller Rink in "Back Up" Video Featuring Big Sean | Pitchfork

This summer, Dej Loaf released her latest EP, <i>#AndSeeThatsTheThing</i>. Today, she's shared a clip for the Big Sean-assisted single "Back Up". Directed by Alex Nazari and filmed at Detroit's Royal Skate Land (a roller rink Dej frequented as a kid), the video sees the rapper busting out the Detroit Jit …

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Hip Hop's Identity Problem

The New York Times Magazine popped open its most recent Fall issue on the topic of identity. There was Wesley Morris’s brilliant analysis of the role …

What Hip-Hop Can Learn From Amber Rose’s SlutWalk

<b>Words By Marky Mark</b><p>After doing my normal Sunday routine, which consists mostly of me screaming at my television and wondering why the Giants can’t make it easier on themselves for their sake and mine, I watched a video of a very emotional Amber Rose at her first-ever SlutWalk. Now for those of you …

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KQED

If you are all about Bay Area hip hop and you want to see what’s coming next on the dance front, take a look at Alex Flores and Marthy Galimba (dance …

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Wiz Khalifa’s ‘See You Again’ Becomes The First Hip-Hop Video To Hit One Billion YouTube Views

<b>Words By Marky Mark</b><p>Considering Wiz Khalifa’s music isn’t as highly regarded in the rap community as it used to be, some might be surprised to hear Taylor Gang’s CEO has become the first Hip-Hop artist to have a video crack one billion views on YouTube – thanks to “See You Again,” his touching …

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DJ Jazzy Jeff on Will Smith: 'He Has Never Stopped Rapping'

GZA Gives Wu-Tang Clan First Platinum Album In More Than A Decade

It may have taken nearly twenty years, but a heralded hip-hop classic has finally caught up saleswise to its platinum reputation. Yesterday, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) announced that <i>Liquid Swords</i>, the sophomore album from the New York City rapper and Wu-Tang Clan member …

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A Rapper Made A Cliché Song And Music Video Mocking Modern Hip-Hop And It’s Actually Pretty Great

<i>Hot New Hip Hop – Hopsin continues to roll out new videos in support of his latest album Pound Syndrome. Last month, he dropped off the official</i> …

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The Game's 'Documentary 2' Album Is Here In All Its Glory

Only The Game could pull off a double album with over 25 features from literally the biggest names in rap. For his long anticipated <i>Documentary 2</i> …

Young Thug Addresses Being Called Gay

Young Thug has been praised for the quality and style of his music and demonized because of his dress, his beefs and his music, among other things.<p>“I …

"Whatever He Was Rapping About, It Was Urgent:" Eminem on the Genius of Tupac

<i>For our October 'Nowstalgia' issue, on stands 10/20,</i><p><i>we asked three rap icons to pay tribute to lost leaders of the game. Go here to read Kendrick Lamar's piece on Eazy-E and stay tuned for Swizz Beatz on</i><p><i>the Notorious B.I.G.</i><p>The first time I ever heard Tupac was his verse on "I Get Around" with …

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Anti-violence programs shut down as Chicago shootings climb

CHICAGO (AP) - Captured in a documentary that brought national attention to Chicago's violence, CeaseFire deployed former gang members and felons to intervene in feuds that too often ended in fatal gunfire on the city's streets.<p>Now that operation has become another casualty in the financial …

Xbox boss admits PlayStation 4 has a 'huge lead' -- but gamers, not 'beating Sony,' is his focus | GamesBeat | Games

PlayStation 4 is one of the fastest-selling consoles of all time, and Microsoft knows it. But the person in charge of the Xbox division isn’t letting that hold him back.<p>Phil Spencer took the stage at the GeekWire summit earlier this week, and he admitted that the PlayStation 4 has an enormous lead …

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Three 6 Mafia rapper Koopsta Knicca dies at 40

Robert “Koopsta Knicca” Phillips, Memphis rapper and longtime member of Three 6 Mafia, died early Friday morning at age 40.<p>Da Mafia 6ix member “DJ Paul” Beauregard confirmed the news on Instagram, writing “You Will Be Missed My Brother!!! … Love U Koop!!!”<p>A representative for Three 6 Mafia and DJ …

India protests after maid's arm cut off in Saudi Arabia

Foreign minister calls attack "unacceptable" and demands action against Saudi employer behind the brutal attack.<p>India's foreign ministry has demanded Saudi Arabia punish one of its citizens for chopping the hand off an Indian domestic worker.<p>In a statement published on its website on Friday, the …

'Lucky one' in Oregon college shooting provides details of massacre

The 18-year-old college student singled out by the shooter as the "lucky one" to survive and deliver a package to law enforcement has told his story for the first time about the massacre in Roseburg, Oregon.<p>In a written statement that was the most detailed account thus far of the Oct. 1 shooting, …

Hamilton Takes Formula One Title Over Rosberg

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — The Formula One season ended at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday as Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes won the race and earned the 2014 drivers’ title, having won more than twice the number of races as his nearest challenger but in danger of losing the title in the last …

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The Everything Index: Kim Kardashian's Pavlovian Posterior Experiment

Kardashian bares her assets, and predictably, she's winning this week's pop-culture war<p>Welcome to another installment of <i>Rolling Stone</i>'s "Everything Index," where we rank the week's pop-culture power players, some of whom even managed to remain fully clothed.<p>Let's just get this out of the way: Kim …

#theLIST: 12 Cat-Eyed Icons

The beauty of winged eyeliner is that in the two millenniums since Cleopatra's reign, nothing about it has changedand yet it still holds the power to inspire. Here, our favorite movie stars, models and muses in the many iterations of the cat eye to<p>01 Of 12<p>Pin<p>Share<p>01 Of 12<p>2) The Boho Artist<p>Françoise …

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Spotify Founder to Taylor Swift: 'Our Interests Are Totally Aligned With Yours'

Daniel Ek says piracy and record labels do more damage to musicians than streaming music service<p>One week after Taylor Swift withdrew her entire catalog from Spotify, dismissing the music-streaming service and calling it "a bit like a grand experiment," the company's founder is fighting back. "We're …