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Kendrick Lamar Discusses ‘DAMN.’ Themes & Collaborations In Revealing Interview With Zane Lowe

After releasing his already acclaimed DAMN. album just a week ago, Kendrick Lamar has made his first interview appearance alongside Zane Lowe for an intimate and in-depth interview. The two sat down last weekend during Coachella as Kendrick walked through his creative process, the theme’s enveloped through the album, collaborations, and much more. From controversies…

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Interview: Steve Lacy is the Wunderkind Challenging Musical Norms

Something about California youth culture, from the reckless to the rich kids, from the bay to the border, the state has been one of the most influential meccas of all-around American mainstream. The sounds that come out of the west all seem to have this refreshing, open feel to it, telling the stories we sometimes have trouble…

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Interview: Kadhja Bonet

We recently chatted with mult-instrumentalist Kadhja Bonet concerning her budding musical journey as an artist. To my surprise, she mentioned feelings of not meeting her expectations for herself but also being unsure of just what those expectations are to begin with. With symphonic tones enveloped with wholesome melodies, the singer-songwriter’s music is pure and rather eclectic,…

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Interview: Corinne Bailey Rae’s Heart Is Speaking Louder Than Ever

As a bright-eyed teen girl in the midst of life changes and moving from the mid-west to the south, I put my headphones in and confided in my make-believe big sister. The sound of ‘The Sea’ surrounded by a sea of new bodies, a new schedule, and too many changes to all take in once slowed me…

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Interview: Brandy Discusses Early Beginnings At The Forefront of R&B

I remember first listening to Brandy in my home in Baltimore, Maryland. I was maybe 8 years old when I was first introduced to her, and I couldn’t get “I Wanna Be Down” and “Sittin’ Up In My Room” off of replay. I had multiple copies of her debut album, but a few backups on…

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Adele’s Gives First Interview in Three Years With i-D Magazine

Why does Adele always have the ability to unearth feelings we’ve had locked away for some time? Seriously, this is the woman who can make possibly make Chuck Norris cry. October is ending in a major way for Adele as she has released her single “Hello” followed by a soul stirring music video debut. It’s…

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Interview: JoJo

Photo: Anthony Blue Jr When JoJo sings it sounds like pure confection: her hushed tones are a deep, slightly burned caramel, and she climbs her way, strawberry licorice strong, to ascend a graceful, cotton candy peak. But when Joanna Levesque, the 23-year-old Boston-born, L.A.-based singer speaks, there is no coy sweetness. Instead, she is thoughtful…

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Interview: MoRuf

In November, Nigerian-American rapper MoRuf released his project Shades.of.Moo. The 18-track body of work that the artist refers to as “Soulhop” is a cohesive project that showcases this season in the Jersey rapper’s life. And it’s all love. We caught up with MoRuf in New York City’s Lower East Side to talk about his new…

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Interview: Nina Chanel Abney & Charlie Roberts

Image via Kravets|Webhy. Enigmatic like a Das EFX song, the bold, colorful works that Chicagoan visual artist, Nina Chanel Abney creates, blur the lines of abstract and figurative art. A coded deconstruction of contemporary culture, Abney’s work leaves her viewers investigating every inch of the paper or canvas, actively attempting to decipher the meaning of…

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Interview: Devin Troy Strother

Black girl White girl Black girl, Devin Troy Strother. In “If  He Hollers, Let Him Go”, Rachel Kaadzi’s Ghansah’s penetrating essay on “the post-Dave Chappelle” era we find ourselves within presently, the essayist delves deeply into the comedian’s politically conscious upbringing. Underscoring the Pan-Africanist and Black intellectualist roots of Chappelle’s mother and father, Ghansah argues that perhaps…

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Interview: Kelela

PHOTO ACKIME SNOW As much a provocateur as a troubadour, dance music singer, Kelela, infuses penetrating vocals, envelope-pushing performances, and disarming wit into her overall sound. Buoyed by the thumping beats of the Fade to Mind/Night Slugs family, Kelela’s voice propelled Kingdom’s hit, “Bank Head/Send Me Out” to new heights this year with its sensual, atmospheric vibrato. Channeling…

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Interview: Rashaad Newsome

Harmoniously blending the dichotomy of Urban Baroque and Propaganda, artist Rashaad Newsome takes the grandiose aesthetics of urban African American culture and renders it into Pop Royalty.

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