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ALBUM STREAM: RiFF RAFF – ‘NEON iCON’

Hip hop’s biggest self-proclaimed viral artist, RiFF RAFF, finally drops his debut album, NEON iCON, on June 28. We’ve heard all sorts of Diplo-produced,  Childish Gambino collab, ridiculous goodness off the album already, but today, at long last, the album can be streamed in full.

The record shows RiFF RAFF dropping lines about cocaine, bi-curious mermaids, and tipping his hat to Reese Witherspoon. He’s boisterous and loud, but what else could we ask for? Maybe some decent beats, but he’s already got those on there. Halfway through, you’ll probably want to go ahead and pre-order it

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Stream El-P’s Remix of Warpaint’s “Keep It Healthy”

Brooklyn rapper El-P’s (and one half of Run The Jewels) is best known for his aggressive, sometimes political raps. It may come as a surprise, then, that he’s come and remixed Warpaint‘s “Keep It Healthy,” but El-P has actually done a handful of official remixes over the years. That’s probably why this one sounds so great.

On El-P’s remix, we get tones similar to a smooth, dark Radiohead track in a version that’s just begging for El-P to rap a couple bars over it. My guess is he’s already spitting out words at home, waiting to bring …

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Listen to Yoni Wolf’s New Rap Mixtape

There’s a reason Yoni Wolf is awesome, and there’s no time like right now to learn why. This year marks 10 years since WHY? formed back in Berkeley, CA and won people over with their alternative hip hop. Now the band’s frontman just shared a new rap mixtape. Cue anniversary swooning.

Yoni Wolf is going on a solo rap tour with Serengeti and we’re guessing he’ll do a few of these live considering he’s refitting some of his old cLOUDDEAD songs, too. Give the mixtape a listen below:…

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Danny Brown Re-releasing ‘Hot Soup’ With Seven Bonus Songs, Stream “Contra” Now

Back in 2008,  Detroit rapper Danny Brown put out a mixtape called Hot Soup, one of several that helped him gain a cult following. Now that project will be re-released as a special double LP and 7″.

The re-release comes out April 15 and turns the 20-song Hot Soup mixtape into a two-disc LP with seven bonus tracks. If you want all seven, though, you’ll have to buy the vinyl edition — two of those will only be released on wax.

Straight off of that re-release is “Contra,” our first taste of the reworked material. Check out the song and …

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Young Thug Still Signed to 1017 Brick Squad

There’s been a lot of talk regarding who 22-year-old rapper Young Thug is signed to, and now Billboard is claiming he isn’t signed to Young Money like we thought, but rather the original 1017 Brick Squad/Atlantic listing.

Young Thug signed to Gucci Mane’s 1017 Brick Squad back in 2013, but he recently talks like he’s an unsigned musician. During a SiriusXM interview, he said he was a part of Future’s Freebandz label; when talking with a reporter, he said he had signed to Cash Money; when “Stoner” first began charting in February, no label was listed.

“I want to …

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Kendrick Lamar Releasing New Album in September

According to a Billboard feature with Top Dawg Entertainment’s Anthony Tiffith, one of 2012′s biggest rappers, Kendrick Lamar, is said to be preparing a new album due out in September.

The album serves as a follow-up to his breakthrough LP Good Kid, M.A.A.D. Cityand seems to be separate from the LP Lamar is putting out this year with his supergroup Black Hippy (Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, and Jay Rock).

To tide you over until then, try to snag tickets to see him perform at Pitchfork Music Festival or get ready for his reworked version of Tame Impala’s …

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STREAM: Pia Mia – “Fight For You” Feat. Chance The Rapper

Pia Mia is a young, yet talented pop singer. If you didn’t know who she was before, you certainly will learn soon. She and Chance The Rapper collaborated on a brand new song for the Divergent‘s soundtrack, titled “Fight For You.” We are quickly approaching the release date of that album, and a couple of songs have been released from it to date. As of yesterday, Pia Mia’s contribution is the latest to hit the airwaves. You can listen to the track below the jump.

This artist has a great voice, and she has no problem showing it off …

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Watch Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon Perform History of Rap Part 5

If you’re like me, then you’ve watched the four episodes of Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon performing the history of rap way too many times. Good news: now there’s a new one to memorize.

Last night Justin Timberlake went on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to do a reprise of their History of Rap series. Pay attention. They’ve merged recent hits with oldies for another good mix of rap, including Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Jay Z, N.W.A., OutKast, Dr. Dre, Kanye West, Run-D.M.C., Beastie Boys, Skee-Lo, LL Cool J, Biggie, and more. Watch it below:…

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FREE MP3: Flatbush Zombies – “LiT”

Just in time for the weekend, New York’s underrated bad boys have delivered a new banger that is sure to take your party to the next level.

Leveraging a jazz sample to build a sense of timelessness around an otherwise trap-influenced sound, “LiT” finds Flatbush Zombies returning to the spotlight in style. It’s another production from The Architect destined to leave your speakers rattling, and according to the original YouTube release of the track it’s the lead single of the next Flatbush EP. You can stream and download the track below.

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Skrillex Debuts New Collaboration With Chance the Rapper

Skrillex recently treated fans in Brooklyn to the debut of a new collaboration with Chicago artist Chance The Rapper. Lucky for us, someone caught the whole thing on video.

Halfway through his set last night, Skrillex checked in with fans before transitioning into the world premiere of a brand new track featuring Acid Rap star Chance The Rapper. It’s likely the product of the pair’s recent studio time with Mike Will Made It, but at this time that information is impossible to confirm. What we do know is that the track sounds awesome, and those hungry for a taste …

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LISTEN: Iggy Azalea – “Fancy” (Feat. Charli XCX)

Iggy Azalea has been a favorite of UTG’s for quite some time now, thus making the wait for her constantly delayed debut record, The New Classic, borderline torturous. With the release of “Fancy,” a reworking of a demo entitled “Leave It,” though, Azalea once again reminds fans why they have been standing by in hopes of hearing a full-length in the first place. Featuring what is arguably the Australian rapper’s best performance yet, the song also includes a phenomenal chorus courtesy of Charli XCX, best known as one of the minds behind Icona Pop’s smash hit, “I Love It.”…

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Hear Freddie Gibbs, Madlib, Earl Sweatshirt, and Domo Genesis on “Robes”

California’s Madlib and Indiana rapper Freddie Gibbs are teaming up to release a collaborative album on March 18. The album, titled Piñata, comes out through Madlib’s label Madlib Invazion and has been pushed back since its original February 4 date. If that news is upsetting, relax. One listen to “Robes” off the album and you’ll realize it’s worth it.

Featuring guest verses from Earl Sweatshirt and Domo Genesis, “Robes” is a chilled out track with smooth bass and tickling jazz guitar in the background. If they pushed back the release date due to additional production, it’s worth it; this sounds …