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DreamDoll’s ‘Drill’ Playlist | SPIN

With everyone sequestered and self-quarantining due to the coronavirus, we’ve asked our favorite artists to come up with playlists that keep you entertained. Here is Bronx-based rapper DreamDoll: While going through a pandemic, everyone’s emotions are running high. It can sometimes feel like we are lost and have no idea where to go. Everyone needs […]

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Beyoncé's 'Black Is King' Film Glorifies Her Message of Black Empowerment

Beyoncé has one-upped herself as she continues to redefine the “visual album” — from 2006’s humble B’day anthology to 2013’s world-stopping self-titled and 2016’s powerful journey through womanhood with Lemonade. Now, the megastar has achieved a creative pinnacle with Black Is King. Released this past Friday (July 31) on Disney+, the visual album continues Beyoncé’s […]

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Blue Chips: July 2020 in New Hip-Hop | SPIN

Blue Chips is a monthly rap column that doubles as a scouting report. Each month, SPIN selects a new starting five, a group of rappers who could be Rookie of the Year candidates turned Hall-of-Famers or forgettable flashes in the pan. Only the passing seasons (and the number of streams) will tell. To read previous […]

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Neck Deep's 'All Distortions Are Intentional' Inspired Playlist

With everyone sequestered and self-quarantining due to the coronavirus, we’ve asked our favorite artists to come up with playlists that keep you entertained. Here is Welsh pop-punk band Neck Deep: This is a look into the lyrics, music and artists that have inspired us, especially when we were writing our fourth studio album All Distortions […]

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JR JR Predict the Upcoming NBA Restart

It should go without saying that this year has been sorely lacking in joy, but the end of July is here and the NBA has flown an entire league down to Disney World to finish out the season. In what feels like a two-month-long Battle-of-the-Bands-version of sports the excitement is certainly there…but the weirdness is […]

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Richard Butler on the Psychedelic Furs' First Album in 29 Years

How long has Britain’s brainy post-punk combo the Psychedelic Furs been around? Long enough to earn a snicker-inducing spoof in Brian Gibson’s 1998 comedy Still Crazy, wherein Bill Nighy’s ex-rocker character Ray reforms his ‘70s glam band Strange Fruit and — when shopping for a used tour bus — stumbles across an ancient one once […]

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The Mail Man: Bfb Da Packman Is the USPS’s Greatest Rapper

Days before our interview, Bfb Da Packman texts to say that we can talk, “any day any time.” When the 25-year-old rapper answers the phone, it’s clear he wasn’t kidding. His voice cuts in and out as he moves a recently delivered table inside his Houston home. From there, he hits Chick-fil-A for some french […]

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American Greed | “Together” (Official Music Video)

American Greed, the renowned classic rock act formed by Mike Mesey, Matt Arana, Dave Farver and Bob Guion, is back with a new album and music video, both titled “Together.” Downloading and streaming the single “Together” is an opportunity to help covid-19 victims, since the band made it clear that they will donate all its […]