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J. Cole’s Fifth Studio Album KOD is a Whirlwind of Pensive Wisdom

For someone so consistent, we’ve yet to encounter a repeated color in the prism of J. Cole’s kaleidoscopic versatility. His fifth studio album KOD arrives today, April 20th (the stoner’s holiday known as 4/20), and finds the rapper/activist lacing the frequently explored political themes dissected in much of his work (“BRACKETS”) into new topics from…

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Kanye West Announces Next Solo LP and Joint Album with Kid Cudi

Kanye West has two new albums on the way, one of which is a joint project with Kid Cudi. Following a series of tweets in signature “Kanye Rant” fashion (though this time around it’s less a fulmination and more an explication on feeding creativity and starving counter-creative ideas, fear and love, and metaphoric life lessons),…

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Watch Moses Sumney’s Symbolic “Quarrel” Short-film

There are just some artists you can’t ever have too much of. Moses Sumney is one and fortunately for us, we’re getting the official video for Aromanticism‘s “Quarrel.” The cinematic, seven-minute short is an abstract portrayal of familial betrayal. Using celebrated sculptor Berlinde De Bruyckere’s No Life Lost II, Sumney is both transparent and enigmatic, symbolically…

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Lauryn Hill to Tour North America in Celebration of ‘Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’ 20th Anniversary

Ms. Lauryn Hill is slated to embark on a North American tour in celebration of her first and only studio album’s 20th Anniversary. Considering its relevance even today, shock that Miseducation of Lauryn Hill is already two decades old is totally expected. And when you think about it, this seminal masterpiece wasn’t just ahead of its time, it…

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Kendrick Lamar Wins Pulitzer Prize for ‘DAMN.’

Kendrick Lamar receives his latest esteemed honor in a Pulitzer Prize to his many titles. His third major label effort, DAMN. won in the music category marking the first time in history that a body of work that isn’t Jazz or Classical has been awarded. Despite having been on the come-up for years, 2012’s Good Kid Maad City…

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Solange Debuts ‘Metatronia (Metatron’s Cube)’ at Hammer Museum

Our very own Solange has never been shy about visual creativity and her love of art. Just last year she performed some of her transformative album A Seat At The Table across the country at various art institutions and museums. Now, she’s at it again and this time at the Hammer Museum. Solange’s self created ‘Metatronia (Metatron’s Cube)’…

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Beyoncé’s Coachella Performance was a Flawless Celebration of Feminine Strength

Beyoncé has always represented her Southern roots by making use of marching bands and famous majorette moves from j-set style choreography in the “Single Ladies” video to the heavy band influence in “Formation.” But last night was something different. From the very beginning of her set at Coachella, Beyoncé walked us through the rich history of Blackness…

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Nicki Minaj Releases “Barbie Tingz” and “Chun-Li” with New Album On The Way

If you, like me, have recently found yourself with more bossy bars than usual in rotation, I’m willing to bet that’s thanks to all the ladies paving their respective lanes in the genre. The latest comes from none other than the Head Barbie in Charge, Nicki Minaj. The Queens, NY native shared two tracks yesterday…

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BJ The Chicago Kid and Ro James Announce “The R&B Tour” and Cover Jodeci’s “Come and Talk to Me”

As if BJ The Chicago Kid and Ro James aren’t already overwhelmingly effective on their own, they’re linking up to give us all some serious R&B Fever (in ways that regular old Spring Fever could never). What they’re calling a “surprise gift for fans” arrives today with the guys paying homage to Jodeci and simultaneously…

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Daniel Caesar and H.E.R. Reveal Picturesque “Best Part” Visual

Daniel Caesar and H.E.R. are undeniably included in the top 10, if not top 5, current favorites of all R&B lovers; and when the Toronto crooner’s Freudian was released last year, his collaboration with mystery songstress H.E.R., “Best Part,” was a definite standout. The classic love duet is a tender story of passionate favorites and scenic…

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Patrick Paige II Shares “On My Mind/Charge It To The Game” Feat. Syd and Kari Faux from ‘Letters of Irrelevance’ LP

While The Internet has us on the edge of our seats for their next project, the band’s bassist Patrick Paige II came through with the perfect balm for our anxious hearts. “On My Mind/Charge It To The Game” arrives with an accompanying visual and all the feels. An assist from bandmate Syd on the former…

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Janelle Monae Parades Her Femininity with “PYNK” Featuring Grimes

Hot on her own Dirty Computer trail, the third offering from Janelle Monae‘s highly-anticipated album has arrived with yet another avant-garde visual. “PYNK,”featuring Grimes, is an ode to the core beauty that lives within us all. The visual, much like the preceding two (Django Jane & Make Me Feel), embodies many of the enchanting attributes within the broad spectrum of womanhood. This collaboration marks…

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