Play This Playlist: The Best Of J Dilla

Hip-hop producer lives on through his music

February 8th, 2016
Kristen Meza
Category: Staff Pick, Video
j dilla by Roger Erickson

J Dilla (aka Jay Dee) was one of the most influential hip-hop producers/artists coming up in the ’90s, working with such incredible acts as A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Erykah Badu, The Roots, and The Pharcyde. Sadly, the world lost Jay Dee to a rare blood disease on February 10, 2006, but his memory was celebrated this past weekend in Miami, FL with the second annual J Dilla Weekend.
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Electo-Pop Duo Port Of Est Releases Debut Single

Enjoy “Valentine In My Headphones”

February 3rd, 2016
Anthony Marks
Category: Video
port of est

Port of Est sounds like a band from Maine, which is probably why I’m drawn to them. Not only is their name intriguing and vivid, their music is a breath of fresh air amongst the excessive number of electronic sounds coming out of Los Angeles. This duo takes you for a wild ride with their music, like a calm roller coaster (as much of an oxymoron as that is).
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Watch Towkio & Chance The Rapper “Clean Up”

A sign of more to come from the Chicago MC?

Kristen Meza
Category: Video
towkio clean up

2015 was a breakout year for Towkio, a member of Chicago’s Save Money collective (alongside Vic Mensa and Chance The Rapper). His .Wav Theory mixtape received a lot of love and millions of streams on Soundcloud, making it one of the hottest releases of the year, and now it looks like fans may be getting some visuals to accompany it.
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Play This Playlist: Songs About Los Angeles

“We’d like to welcome you all to Los Angeles, CA”

February 1st, 2016
Kristen Meza
snoop 187

From the beaches to the women to, of course, the weather, Los Angeles has long been an inspiration for many artists. Randy Newman even admitted in his 1983 song “I Love LA” that the sunshine was what motivated him to move to Los Angeles: “Hate New York City / It’s cold and it’s damp / And all the people dressed like monkeys / Let’s leave Chicago to the Eskimos / That town’s a little too rugged.”
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Watch: Daye Jack – “Hands Up” Feat. Killer Mike

20-year-old rapper taps RTJ veteran for new single

Sean Kramer
Category: Video
daye jack by Nico Marks

Today kicks off Black History Month, so it’s fitting that it also marks the release of rapper/singer Daye Jack’s music video for “Hands Up.” Despite the breezy production of the track, the song addresses some heavier issues that are illuminated by the barrage of news clips featured in the video, which showcase the injustice that has been plaguing our country.
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Run The Jewels Release “Meowpurrdy” Music Video

Things get a bit disturbing in cat-themed clip

January 27th, 2016
Sean Kramer
Category: Lead Story, Video
meowpurrrdy

Looking back years from now, it will be pretty evident that the “Meowpurrdy” music video was the point at which the Meow The Jewels project took a terrifying turn.
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Top Five Panic! At The Disco Music Videos

Count down the band’s most memorable clips

January 26th, 2016
Mary Bonney
Category: Staff Pick, Video
panic at the disco

Panic! At The Disco is sitting on top of the world this week. The band scored their first #1 album on the Billboard 200 Chart and the iTunes chart with their recently released Death of a Bachelor. The record is filled with theatrical tracks ranging from party anthems to Rat Pack-era tunes, and the band has always honored their unique, whimsical sound with stunning music videos.
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Play This Playlist: The Best Of Kanye West

Your favorite Kanye West songs in one place

Kimberly Quitzon
Category: Staff Pick, Video
Kanye-West

Given his recent releases of “Real Friends” and “No More Parties in L.A.,” Kanye West has evidently pushed through his writers block and is ready to deliver more amazing music via his forthcoming album, Swish.
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Watch Kendrick Lamar Teach The Value Of Hard Work

For when you need a little inspiration in your day

January 22nd, 2016
Kristen Meza
Category: Lead Story, Video
kendrick lamar hard work

To say that Kendrick Lamar had a great 2015 would be an understatement. His latest album, To Pimp A Butterfly, not only earned 11 Grammy nominations but is already being categorized as a classic. How could we not give it the #1 spot on our Top 50 Albums of 2015 list?
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Jimmy Fallon Covers “Hotline Bling” As Bob Dylan

Late night host nails yet another impression

January 14th, 2016
Mary Bonney
Category: Video
jimmy fallon bob dylan

Drake’s “Hotline Bling” was one of last year’s must-hear singles, and it inspired countless covers. Late night host Jimmy Fallon, however, decided to put his unique spin on Drake’s slick homage to booty calls in a way only this talented performer can — in the style of the one and only Bob Dylan.
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