1. Posted on 25 March, 2014

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    rollingstone:

Rick Rubin explains how Chris Rock and Ice-T inspired Jay Z’s “99 Problems.”

Read this yesterday. “The Black Album” is among my top favorites of Jay Z’s work, mostly because of “My 1st Song” and “What More Can I Say.”  Love the “Encore/Numb” mashup with Linkin’ Park, too. Different album though. — tanya b.

    rollingstone:

    Rick Rubin explains how Chris Rock and Ice-T inspired Jay Z’s “99 Problems.”

    Read this yesterday. “The Black Album” is among my top favorites of Jay Z’s work, mostly because of “My 1st Song” and “What More Can I Say.”  Love the “Encore/Numb” mashup with Linkin’ Park, too. Different album though. — tanya b.

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  1. Posted on 15 December, 2011

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    newyorker: The Best Hip-Hop of 2011


My favorite two hip-hop albums yawed towards what might have once been  thought non-commercial, though it’s hard to say if that distinction will  survive. A collaboration between MC Ride, the drummer Zach Hill, and  the keyboardist Andy Morin, the Death Grips trio self-released “Exmilitary,” which has little use for anything that slows down time or blurs the edges. Start with the video for “Guillotine”  and move on—the album is one long, wide-awake, multi-colored holler.  Ishamel Butler, veteran of nineties group Digable Planets, brought his  mysterious Shabazz Palaces to Sub Pop records and created “Black Up” with various unnamed  collaborators. It’s a marvel of details that you can’t initially hear,  but which eventually surround you as Butler raps, sounding no more wound  up than he did twenty years ago. In the year of disorientation, Shabazz  Palaces created the clearest, loveliest fog.

- Sasha Frere-Jones breaks down the best hip-hop of 2011: http://nyr.kr/u6OfbU


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Part I: The British Singers // Part II: Emmy the Great // Part III: The American Singers

    newyorker: The Best Hip-Hop of 2011

    My favorite two hip-hop albums yawed towards what might have once been thought non-commercial, though it’s hard to say if that distinction will survive. A collaboration between MC Ride, the drummer Zach Hill, and the keyboardist Andy Morin, the Death Grips trio self-released “Exmilitary,” which has little use for anything that slows down time or blurs the edges. Start with the video for “Guillotine” and move on—the album is one long, wide-awake, multi-colored holler. Ishamel Butler, veteran of nineties group Digable Planets, brought his mysterious Shabazz Palaces to Sub Pop records and created “Black Up” with various unnamed collaborators. It’s a marvel of details that you can’t initially hear, but which eventually surround you as Butler raps, sounding no more wound up than he did twenty years ago. In the year of disorientation, Shabazz Palaces created the clearest, loveliest fog.

    - Sasha Frere-Jones breaks down the best hip-hop of 2011: http://nyr.kr/u6OfbU


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