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Kasabian: Insane in the Brain

Kasabian: Insane in the Brain

Brit rockers Kasabian talk about an unexpected source of inspiration – rap and hip-hop music – and turn in a dialed down cover of the Cypress Hill classic Insane in the Brain during their recent appearance on Triple J’s Like a Version.

Drake: More Life

Drake: More Life

“If someone should come collecting sooner than we’re all expecting, at least the life you lived was one for you.” Drizzy continues to dip into dancehall and grime in his latest album, though he’s still moping and boasting with other rappers.

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The Get Down – Part II (Trailer)

The Get Down – Part II (Trailer)

Return to late 1970s New York City for the continuation of Baz Luhrmann’s colorful and fantastic series about the evolution of the music scene from disco to hip-hop, and the impact it had on so many young lives. Drops 4/7/17 on Netflix.

Run the Jewels Live

Run the Jewels Live

(PG-13: Language) “Doctors of death, curing our patients of breath, we are the pain you can trust.” They’re a bit out of breath themselves, but Killer Mike and El-P still made NPR go RTJ! as they performed songs from their third album.

D.R.A.M. Live

D.R.A.M. Live

(PG-13: Language) “I got money, you got money too, so let’s go half on rent. When I buy you a new purse it’s cause you bought my kicks.” The charming Shelley Massenburg-Smith dropped by NPR Music to perform tracks from one of our favorite albums of 2016, Big Baby D.R.A.M.

Danny Brown vs. Hot Wings

Danny Brown vs. Hot Wings

(PG-13: Language) “That whole comparing and eating rappers, like, it’s starting to get weird. I don’t wanna say that no more.” The man who ruined Cool Ranch Doritos talks about Adult Swim cartoons, serving meals in jail, food references in songs and more.

Jay Pharoah: Rap Mimic Monster

Jay Pharoah: Rap Mimic Monster

(PG-13: Language) “I’m Draymond Green – anything I kick is nuts.” Natural born impressionist Jay Pharoah brought bars when he dropped by DJ Whoo Kid’s radio show. Comedy bars, that is. Watch him rap like Eminem, Jay-Z, The Weeknd and more.

Run the Jewels 3

Run the Jewels 3

“The jewels come quick, all gold and bricked. Click, click, boxer cutter spit.” Killer Mike and El-P’s Holiday gift is their highly anticipated third album. They also uploaded the entire album on YouTube and are giving it for free if you subscribe to their newsletter.

ATCQ: We Got It from Here…

ATCQ: We Got It from Here…

(PG-13: Language) “Gotta get it together forever.” The late Phife Dawg’s message reverberates throughout A Tribe Called Quest’s sixth album. This is a palate cleanser not just for hip hop fans but for society at large. This is the sound of MCs having fun and calling for unity.

Mura Masa x A$AP Rocky: Love$ick

Mura Masa x A$AP Rocky: Love$ick

(PG-13) “La vida or I vida either way you need a visa, I ain’t talking ’bout MasterCards, debit cards either – credit cards, Kermit the Frog, margaritas” A$AP Rocky raps over Lovesick, the 2015 hit of 20-year-old soft trap artist Alex “Mura Masa” Crossan.

Action Bronson vs. Hot Wings

Action Bronson vs. Hot Wings

(PG-13: Language) Actually, this one’s more like Hot Ones vs. Action Bronson. The rapper, chef and host was fully baked and had no pretensions whatsoever. Watch Bam Bam talk about his favorite celebrity chefs, his glass pipe collection, his dream restaurant and more.

Air Credits: Broadcasted

Air Credits: Broadcasted

Pay what you want for the debut album from Air Credits, the collab outfit of indie mashup specialists The Hood Internet and rapper Showyousuck. Like their solo pieces, Broadcasted is filled with pop culture references, humor and energetic remixes.

Kendrick Lamar Talks to Rick Rubin

Kendrick Lamar Talks to Rick Rubin

GQ’s early Christmas gift to music fans is Rick Rubin’s unfiltered and free-flowing interview of rapper Kendrick Lamar in the legendary producer’s Malibu home. K-Dot talks about growing up to his parent’s music, admiring Eminem, meditating and more.

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Eminem: Campaign Speech

Eminem: Campaign Speech

(NSFW: Language) “What I lack in tact and morals I make up for in metaphors like a cosmetic store.” Slim Shady throws everyone under the bus and refuses to apologize for his brash words in this menacing freestyle.

Kanye West: The Art of Staging

Kanye West: The Art of Staging

(PG-13, Flashing lights) Musicians often have eye-catching stages at live performances. But for the past decade, Yeezy has worked with Vanessa Beecroft, Es Devlin and other visual artists to create sets that are both provocative and deeply personal.

Luke Cage: Bulletproof Love

Luke Cage: Bulletproof Love

“Who to call when no one obeys the law and there ain’t no Iron Man that could come and save us all?” Sweet Christmas. Method Man bodies other TV show themes with this slice from the soundtrack of Luke Cage. Produced by Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad.

All Eyez on Me (Teaser)

All Eyez on Me (Teaser)

(PG-13: Language) A biographical film about the life and career of ’90s rapper Tupac Shakur, aka 2Pac. The movie appears to touch on most of his adult life, from his rise to fame to his tragic and violent death. Actor Demetrius Shipp Jr. was born to play this role.

YG vs. Hot Nuggets

YG vs. Hot Nuggets

(PG-13: Language) Rapper YG sat down with First We Feast to talk about his favorite fast food pizza, his politically-charged tracks, booting people off his house after a party and more, all while wondering where the hot sauce is supposed to be.

Evolution of Drug Rap

Evolution of Drug Rap

Beat maker Crank Lucas has an ongoing parody series about trends in hip hop across the decades, from its inception in the ’80s until today. Watch his funny take on rap songs that involve drugs. It’s okay though, we gon’ be alright.

Xenia Rubinos Live

Xenia Rubinos Live

Soul and hip hop artist Xenia Rubinos livens up NPR Music’s office with stripped down versions of Lonely Lover, Mexican Chef and Laugh Clown, all from her new album Black Terry Cat. This is the vibe of someone who’s about to blow up.

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Cee-Lo Green: My Favorite MCs

Cee-Lo Green: My Favorite MCs

(PG-13: Language) “I’m talking about Slick Rick, did he not inspire you? DJ Quick, sh*t the whole entire Wu! 8Ball & MJG and Beanie Sigel, and what the f**k ever happened to Malik from Illegal?” Cee-Lo raps about his favorite rappers over chill beats.

Public Enemy Action Figure Set

Public Enemy Action Figure Set

Our heroes don’t appear on no stamps, but now they’re action figures thanks to this retro set designed by Hip Hop Family Tree creator Ed Piskor. The set also comes with four comic book style stickers of Chuck D, Flava Flav, Professor Griffin and Terminator X.

Air Credits: All I Need

Air Credits: All I Need

(PG-13: Language) Air Credits is a new collaboration by Chi-town’s prolific samplers The Hood Internet and rapper Showyousuck. Their first single is a two-part pop rap track that’s half synth and half soul.

The Office x Poetic Justice

The Office x Poetic Justice

(PG-13: Language) Young beatmaker Daniel Asadi has a little fun with The Office‘s memorable opening theme by using it as the backgrount beat in this live remix of Kendrick Lamar’s Poetic Justice.

Rapping, Deconstructed

Rapping, Deconstructed

(PG-13: Language) Vox points out a few verbal tricks that some of the most technical rappers invented and perfected. These go beyond rhyming words to matching the syllables, flows, and of course the beats behind them, all while telling a story.

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