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(PG-13 Language) The Weeknd is that bad news that Yeezy told you to run away from. Here’s the music video for his single The Hills, which he originally called Mood Music. No one wants to mess with a dude who has palm trees on his head.
(PG-13: Language)Jay Shells has paid homage to eastcoast and west coast rap, so now he heads to the South. The street artist went to Atlanta to continue his site-specific installation, citing locals such as Killer Mike, T.I. and Outkast. More here.
(PG-13: Language) Comedy rapper Lil Dicky narrates what actually goes down when he and his crew plan a boys’ night out. No Bugattis just Lyfts, no Hood By Air just plaid by Gap, and no dope ladies – or any ladies.
“Our art is a reflection of our reality.” The latest trailer for the NWA biopic Straight Outta Comptonsums up the gangsta rap pioneers’ troubled origins and rise to fame. Witness the strength of street knowledge on 8/14/15.
(NSFW: Language) Kendrick Lamar’s new album To Pimp a Butterfly is now on Spotify. You can already get his singles i and The Blacker The Berry on iTunes; the rest of the tracks will be available for purchase on 3/23.
(NSFW: Language) Forget about throwing diamonds in the sky. Kanye’s on his flamethrower game. All Day serves as a warning that he’s still Yeezus. But this time instead of using Auto-tune and drums he’s just rapping his heart out.
(NSFW: Language) Bronsolino rides a laser shark, posts up on Godzilla and dunks while getting his hair done in the hilarious music video for Actin’ Crazy, a cut from his major label debut album Mr. Wonderful.
(NSFW: Language) Drake pulled a Beyoncé and dropped a new EP without prior hype. Whatever his reasons, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late is classic Drizzy: equal parts bite and bark. Check out the extended video for Junglehere.
(NSFW: Lyrics) “This plot is bigger than me, it’s generational hatred.” The counter-point to the inspirational and Grammy-award winning track i. Like the eponymous novel, the song is about hating one’s own race.
(NSFW) “We let people know it’s okay to say what you wanna say.” The red band trailer for Straight Outta Compton, a biographical drama about Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Eazy-E, DJ Yella and MC Ren, aka N.W.A. Trailer starts at 1:08.
(NSFW: Lyrics) “Like who really run this? Like who really run that man that say he run this?” Killer Mike and El-P brag about how badass they are but admit that they’re peanuts compared to the thugs in the 1%.
Eclectic Method’s latest track combines numerous classic hip hop tracks, which themselves are known for sampling their sources, creating a sort of hiphopception track that’s one level further removed from its source tracks.
(NSFW: Language) “I AM A CLAUS.”Local Business Comedy covered Kanye West’s entire Yeezus album, putting a Christmas spin on it. Listen closely because they’re about to drop a lot of jokes on your chimney. Also on YouTube.
“This that quantum jump and that fist pump and that bomb detonation.” Kendrick Lamar goes off in FlyLo’s single from his newest album You’re Dead! Director Hiro Murai matches the song with this beautiful music video.
In Public Enemy’s Fight the Power, Chuck D laments, “Most of my heroes don’t appear on no stamps.” Graphic designer Madina made sure that his heroes would receive that treatment. Also on t-shirts and postcards.
(NSFW) Another self-deprecating single from comedic rapper Lil Dicky. This time he pokes fun at rappers who brag about their misdeeds while claiming that he’s just as bad as they are, what with his jaywalking, torrenting and stuff.
(NSFW: Language)Willie The Kid – the “crack, the smack, the gun, the rule, the gat, the strap, the gun, the tool” in Lil Wayne’s Cannon – teamed up with Wu-Tang producer Bronze Nazareth for this old school gangsta rap album. (Thanks Karlo!)
(NSFW) Comedian and rapper David Burd aka Lil Dicky tells a hilarious story of a slacker who desperately wants to make love with his date, who soon becomes his girlfriend, then his wife. Get his mixtape here.
(NSFW: Language) Chi-town’s music mavens Aaron Brink and Steve Reidell mash up hip hop songs with indie and underground tracks as The Hood Internet. Their eighth mixtape features Drake, Baauer, Chvrches, Yeasayer and more.
The Clan is back. The hip-hop supergroup – all accounted for (RIP ODB) and seemingly at peace with each other – dropped by The Daily Show to promote their upcoming album. They also performed a new song and closed with Triumph.
(NSFW: Language) Killa Cam spits over DJ A-Trak’s ill 70s movie montage beat in this single from their upcoming EP Federal Reserve. Featuring cameos from the Dipset crew including Juelz Santana, plus Dame Dash and Just Blaze.
Data scientist Matt Daniels looked at the variety of words in the first 35,000 lyrics of various hip hop artists and then ranked them in an infographic chart. The winner? Aesop Rock. And DMX needs a dictionary.