August Greene, “Optimistic” ft. Brandy

The debut track from Common, Robert Glasper, and Karriem Riggins as August Greene.

Calez collabs with Alex Wiley, Mick Jenkins, and Donnie Trumpet for “Still Good”

It’s an all Chitown thing.

Colorful Rapper Talks Rebirth and Painting The Skyblew

People need to sometimes just hear somebody say “it’s gonna be alright.”

Harder, Softer: Stoicism and vulnerability in hip-hop

Hip-hop’s changing relationship with the public expression of feelings.

The Roots, Marsha Ambrosius, Bilal, and Talib Kweli at Rumsey Playfield

Unfortunately, we have to wait until next summer for another free Summerstage show in Central Park but this season went out with a bang on Thursday.

Common and Jay Electronica at Irving Plaza

Despite Common’s newest record being called Nobody’s Smiling, lots of people were doing just that at Irving Plaza.

De La Soul and Dillon Cooper at Irving Plaza

De La Soul bring the house down with the help of a Chicago rapper & some of the Native Tongues crew.

Week in Pop: Chains of Love, Happy Noose, Indyns

Discussions, exclusives, with support from The Landing, and others.

Late to the Kendrick Lamar Party Edition

Not over until The Lox and Chamillionaire offer their two cents.

Summer Blockbusters Edition

Five lines fit for the big screen, meanwhile a few rotten tomatoes make the groaners list.

Genius by Nature Edition

With the disheartening news of a Naughty by Nature feud, a diss kicks off the list.

Open Letter to Post-Racial America Edition

Getting at the snakes, bagels, Fox News, racist Hollywood, and the President this week.

The Grammy-less Family Edition

No red carpet. No dress code. No Jay-Z diss your hat. No snubs. Just hot lines of the week.

Action Bronson got a deal, but these raps know the ledge

There was little sign of leisure to this week's art of rhyme.

Kembe X & Alex Wiley, Can I Borrow A Dollar EP

F a kickstarter! Be real and panhandle.


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