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Top 300 Hip Hop Albums 1980 - 1999

1. Public Enemy - It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back (1988)<p><i>“Yes – the rhythm, the rebel / Without a pause – I’m lowering my level / The</i> …

Nina Simone – 10 of the best

From reimaginings of Scottish folk songs to self-penned civil rights anthems, Nina Simone spent a glorious career refusing to be pigeonholed<p>1. I Loves You, Porgy<p>Few artists have thrived so spectacularly while being so disinclined towards the recording industry, but then few have been as talented as …

Black History

Meet Mitus, the 20-Year-Old Making Beats for Kanye, Rihanna, Lorde, and Pretty Much Everyone Else

The first beat he ever sold was to Rihanna. The first professional studio he ever walked into was with Kanye West.<p><i>This article originally appeared on Noisey UK.</i><p>If we had to compress 2016's music so far down to just two releases, the chances are we’d land on Rihanna’s <i>Anti</i> and Kanye West’s <i>The Life of</i> …

Time I

Top 40 Hip Hop Albums 1989

1. De La Soul - 3 Feet High And Rising<p><i>“Mirror, mirror on the wall / Tell me, mirror, what is wrong? / Can it be my De La clothes / Or is it just my</i> …

Way Out West: How Flying Lotus, Kamasi Washington, and Brainfeeder Are Bringing Jazz Back to the People

An LA electronic label is making jazz cool to people who don’t listen to jazz—an impossible dream for most jazz labels. How did we get here?<p><i>Thundercat, Kamasi Washington, and Flying Lotus, image by Lia Kantrowitz</i><p>You’re listening to a jazz record. There are the frantic, slightly irregular drums; the …

Audio-visual

11 Pixar Short Films That Are Guaranteed To Brighten Up Your Day

All the emotion of Toy Story or Wall-E, but in just a few minutes.

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The 25 Most Important Albums Of The Decade So Far

The album is the still the magnum opus of anyone’s career. It’s a stop in time, a signpost along a dirt road of art or the paper chase or whatever …

Rap & Hip-Hop

10 things you (probably) didn’t know about the Spanish Armada

The defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588 – a fleet of Spanish ships led by Medina Sidonia with the purpose of overthrowing Queen Elizabeth I – is …

Kendrick Lamar's 'To Pimp a Butterfly': A Track-by-Track Guide

Here's more than you need to know about the rapper's "honest, fearful and unapologetic" new album<p>There are surprise releases and there are accidental …