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Flying Lotus: Never Catch Me

Flying Lotus: Never Catch Me

“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.

Golden Era Hip-Hop Stamps Poster

Golden Era Hip-Hop Stamps Poster

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.

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Lil Dicky: White Crime

Lil Dicky: White Crime

(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.

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!)

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

Kanye x Pusha T: New God Flow

Kanye x Pusha T: New God Flow

(NSFW: Lyrics) A new track from Yeezy and Pusha T from the upcoming album Cruel Summer. If the beat sounds familiar, you must be a Ghostface Killah fan: it’s a sample of Mighty Healthy.

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.

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