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Afrocentric Chicken

Afrocentric Chicken

(NSFW: Language) Up-and-coming British rapper Theo Kerlin aka Master Shortie drops naughty verses over a smooth and addictive beat in Afrocentric Chicken, a single from his upcoming EP Theodore.

Willie the Kid: The Living Daylights

Willie the Kid: The Living Daylights

(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!)

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Lil Dicky: Lemme Freak

Lil Dicky: Lemme Freak

(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.

Rap Quotes Street Signs 3

Rap Quotes Street Signs 3

Jay Shells went to Philadelphia for the third batch of his site-specific hip hop homage. Some of the artists he cited included Philly natives Will Smith, Black Thought and Meek Mill. You can get replicas of his signs at Gallery 1988.

The Hood Internet: Mixtape 8

The Hood Internet: Mixtape 8

(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.

Wu-Tang Clan Reunion

Wu-Tang Clan Reunion

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.

Cam’ron & A-Trak: Dipsh*ts

Cam’ron & A-Trak: Dipsh*ts

(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.

Hip Hop Vocabulary Chart

Hip Hop Vocabulary Chart

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.

Outkast 2014 Coachella Set

Outkast 2014 Coachella Set

The ATLiens have landed. After a seven year hiatus, Outkast kicked off their reunion at Coachella. YouTuber buriedvoid saved the entire performance. Apparently the set was far from perfect, but we’ll take what we can get.

Talib Kweli: State of Grace

Talib Kweli: State of Grace

(NSFW: Language) “Used to be I’m a “ride or die” chick, B.I.G. with the “Me And My Bitch”, no objections, being an object.” Talib Kweli raps about the objectification of women that’s become par for the course in hip hop. Video by dreambear.

Worst Behavior Sweater

Worst Behavior Sweater

WORST! Your crew will start dancing and rapping as soon as you show up rocking Drake’s catchphrase. Get the complementary sweats for your buddies, or they’ll say “You nevah luhd us!” Photos by Adria Vaidila for Rima Vaidila.

Talib Kweli: Rare Portraits

Talib Kweli: Rare Portraits

(NSFW: Language) “All started on park benches with Dante, predicting the future, so observant I’m clairvoyant, the frame can’t contain it, I’m painting a rare portrait.” Talib Kweli looks back on his journey so far in his usual ill flow.

Sisyphus

Sisyphus

(NSFW: Language) Sisyphus is the electronic hip-hop side project of Sufjan Stevens, Ryan Lott aka Son Lux and David Cohn aka Serengeti. Rhythm of Devotion and Calm it Down are from their upcoming self-titled album.

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Duckwrth: …Travel

Duckwrth: …Travel

(NSFW: Language) An icy smooth jazz hip hop track. Up and coming rapper Duckwrth paints the sights and sounds of Los Angeles’ Crenshaw Boulevard in …Travel, the debut single from his free album Taxfree V.1, out now.

Rap Quotes Street Signs 2

Rap Quotes Street Signs 2

(NSFW: Language) After paying homage to New York’s hip hop scene, artist Jay Shells gives a massive shout out to West Coast rap. Animal NY once again followed Jay around as he posted rap lyrics in the areas they referenced.

Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 1

Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 1

(NSFW: Language) A comic book about the origins of hip hop by Ed Piskor. Hip Hop Family Tree is presented like the Marvel comics from the 70s for that extra OG flavor. It’s a shame it doesn’t come with a soundtrack. More here.

Pusha T x K. Dot: Nosetalgia

Pusha T x K. Dot: Nosetalgia

(NSFW: Language) Pusha T and Kendrick Lamar spit beastly but opposing verses in Nosetalgia. While Push once again runs us thorugh the routines of a dealer, K. Dot pushes back with a tale of a kid who had junkies as parents.

I Don’t Need a Reason

I Don’t Need a Reason

(NSFW) Director Emile Sornin knows that kids today have the attention span of infants, so he used looping segments ready to be turned into animated gifs or viral Vine clips for the music video of Dizzee Rascal’s catchy UK single.

Kanye West: White Dress

Kanye West: White Dress

(NSFW: Language) Yeezy’s contribution to the OST of The Man with the Iron Fists is a return to his old form; the Kanye that blew up, not Kanye blown up. Guess we have to thank Kim K for this one.

Hip Hop Playing Cards

Hip Hop Playing Cards

While the time away or gamble with the high rollers of hip hop. Each card has hand drawn art by Japanese artist Sayori Wada, featuring legendary artists or groups of rap and hip hop.

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Oh No x MF Doom: 3 Dollars

Oh No x MF Doom: 3 Dollars

Legendary hip hop artist MF Doom guest stars in the mind-blowing 3 Dollars, the lead single from Oh No’s album Ohnomite, which samples heavily from the blaxploitation flick Dolemite.

Lupe Fiasco: Around My Way

Lupe Fiasco: Around My Way

Lupe Fiasco has always been more than just swag and making heads bop, and his new single Around My Way [Freedom Ain’t Free] is no different. The song will be in his upcoming album Food & Liquor 2.

The Art of Rap (Trailer)

The Art of Rap (Trailer)

Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap is a documentary about hip hop directed by Ice-T. The Grandfather of Gangsta Rap talks with the legends of the game to muse on the revolutionary folk art.

Rapper Spelling Bee

Rapper Spelling Bee

Fun factory Slacktory gives the supercut treatment to one of the staples of a rapper’s arsenal: spelling their name out. We are T-H-E-A, W-E-S, O-to the M-E, R at the end okay that’s way too long.

Dirtbag Dan x Anya: Alive

Dirtbag Dan x Anya: Alive

A icy smooth track from promising MC/battle rapper Dirtbag Dan and Anya, whose voice is as hypnotic and seductive as her beauty. The song is from Dirtbag Dan’s Selfhelp Tapes Vol. 4.

King of the Dot: Diaz vs. Protege

King of the Dot: Diaz vs. Protege

(NSFW: Language) From the World Domination 2 rap battle event hosted by King of the Dot comes this insane undercard featuring Canadian MC Diaz against Filipino MC Protege. The war starts at 2:50.

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