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Eminem Announces New Album, Streams ‘The Equalizer’ Soundtrack Single Feat. Sia

It seems rap legend Eminem has been pretty busy lately. After finishing ‘The Monster Tour‘ with Rihanna, the 7-time VMA nominee took home the award for “Best Editing” with his music video for “Rap God” at last night’s MTV Video Music Awards. But that’s not all; in the last 24 hours, Em also debuted a new single, entitled “Guts Over Fear,” featuring Sia. The song will be featured on the soundtrack for the latest Denzel Washington flick, The Equalizer.

But wait, there’s more! Last night at the VMAs, Eminem announced that he would be releasing a new …

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Action Bronson Cruises In “Easy Rider” Trailer

Making our staff an excited bunch, Action Bronson officially put the hype machine into motion for his forthcoming debut full-length, Mr. Wonderful, earlier this month with the release of its first single, “Easy Rider.” Featuring psychedelic instrumentals best fit for an acid trip circa 1970, the track’s experimental nature is a prime example of Bronson’s genre-hopping nature at its finest, so it only makes sense that a music video would be in store to accompany the cut.

Rather than making us wait cold turkey until August 20, though, Bronsolino has dropped a teaser for the campy visuals in store. …

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Stream Justin Vernon and Astronautalis’ Collaborative LP In Full

Three days ago, Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and Astronautalis teased at the idea of the two dropping a collaborative album. In just 72 hours, they have stripped the project of its mystery and shared the whole thing. Going by the moniker Jason Feathers, the duo’s debut album is titled De Oro and is now streaming in full at Pitchfork. Digital copies will be available to purchase on August 19 with physical copies following this fall via Totally Gross National Product.

In addition to showcasing Vernon and Astronautalis’ talent, Jason Feathers also features contributions from Bon Iver’s S.

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Get Your Freak On; New Missy Elliott Record In The Works

Way before teenage girls with Instagram would twerk it, Missy ‘MISDEMEANOR’ Elliott taught our youth how to work it. And before Timbaland was recognized for working with artists such as Justin Timberlake, he was notoriously known for shooting rappers like Elliott into the next realm of hip-hop super stardom.

“It’s coming,” producer Timbaland told Rolling Stone. “It’s on her. She got the first single, it’s just a matter of when she wants to do it. We got the hollow-tip bullet in the gun. We have the game-changer right there.”

For Missy, it’s been a quiet few years; and by years …

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THE HUDSON PROJECT: Bro Safari On Growing Up Punk And Performing Drunk

“Growing up, personally I was a full on punk kid; the leather jacket, the boots, bracelets and everything. The first band I ever listened to, period, was the Dead Kennedys.”

If you’re a fan of trappy, bass-driven hip-hop and electronic music, chances are good that you’ve heard of Bro Safari. If you’re fortunate, you’ve been able to witness him perform live. Also known as one third of the drum ‘n’ bass group Evol Intent, Nick Weiller has taken stage all around the world.

At Day 1 of the inaugural Hudson Project in Saugerties, NY, we sat down with …

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MUSIC VIDEO: YG – “Bicken Back Being Bool”

Elevating himself from the streets of Compton Bompton to the national spotlight, YG has been on quite a tear in 2014. With the release of his game-changing AOTY contender, My Krazy Life, alongside selling out venue after venue from coast to coast on an album-supporting tour, he’s managed to grab the respect of fans and critics alike. As seen in the brand new music video for the DJ Mustard produced cut “Bicken Back Being Bool,” though, it’s obvious YG hasn’t forgotten his roots.

Combining his modern take on the West Coast’s classic sound with visuals straight out of a …

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THE HUDSON PROJECT: Atmosphere’s Slug On Success, His “Dante’s Inferno” and Hip-Hop’s Lifespan

“I don’t know how we got to where we got, but I’m not complaining. I’m happy that we are where we are and I’m not greedy about where we’re trying to go.”

Atmosphere have been making music for over two decades. The guys run their own festival, maintain family lives, and still keep it real.

On Friday, July 11, the hip-hop legends took stage at the inaugural Hudson Music Project in Saugerties, NY, fresh off the release of their 2014 album, Southsiders.

As a music journalist, it is always new and exciting to catch up with up-and-coming artists, …

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Kanye West Played 20 New Songs in London Yesterday

When it comes to Kanye West, it’s best to expect the unexpected. Shortly after dropping the excellent Yeezus out of nowhere last summer, he’s already dishing up new material despite getting married, working on his fashion line, and doing court-ordered community service. That’s right. After London’s Wireless festival last night, Kanye and consigliere Virgil Abloh manned a London club’s DJ booth where he supposedly spun new material.

According to Complex and several eyewitness Twitter accounts, they played around 20 new songs. People described it as “dark,” “hellish,” and (surprise) “groundshaking.” Who knows if the songs are …

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Emmure Frontman Frankie Palmeri Raps On Riff Raff’s “2 Girls 1 Pipe” Remix

Talk about ‘when worlds collide.’

Emmure frontman Frankie Palmeri has contributed a verse – a rap verse – to the latest remix from the hip-hop sensation known as Riff Raff. “2 Girls 1 Pipe” originally appeared on Neon Icon, but this remix is exclusive to the internet (for now). It also happens to be one of the most overtly sexual rap songs in recent memory, and that goes double for the verse from Frankie. You can stream the song, in full below:…

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RiFF RAFF Shares Ridiculous “iNTRODUCiNG THE iCON” Music Video

The internet’s favorite rapper RiFF RAFF drops his debut record NEON iCON  tomorrow to much well-deserved hype. To get the world prepped for the experience of actually owning the whole Diplo-produced thing, he’s shared a new music video for the album’s first track, “iNTRODUCiNG THE iCON.”

The song has RiFF RAFF telling people not to worry (shoutout to Julia Stiles and Diplo) as he raps over an old school beat. Right from the start, it captures his ridiculous personality. To match that, the video has glow-in-the-dark neon everything, lots of splatter paint, and random cartoon imagery bouncing around the frames. …

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Eminem Banned From Hyde Park for “Offensive” and “Unsuitable” Lyrics

Longtime rapper Eminem had agreed terms with Barclaycard British Summer Time promoters AEG, but a Freedom Of Information request by The Daily Mirror shows the agreement was vetoed by Royal Parks, the body that runs Hyde Park, because they feared his lyrics could upset other park users. The result? He’s banned from playing a day festival in Hyde Park due to his lyrics being deemed “offensive” and “unsuitable.” Yes, this is the same guy who melted hearts with his “Headlights” Mothers’ Day music video.

Just last month, Eminem was saying he was under the impression he could make …

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Kanye West’s Court-Ordered Community Service Was Announced and It’s Pretty Great

Back in March of this year, Kanye West pleaded “no contest” to misdemeanor battery and attempted grand theft after confronting paparazzi and the court ruled that he was sentenced to 24 months of probation and 250 hours of community service. TMZ has just shared what Kanye’s community service obligations are, and it’s actually pretty great: teaching at a fashion school.

Apparently he’s been speaking at colleges all over the country. On Monday of this week, he went to the L.A. Trade Technical College to give a three-hour discussion on fashion designers, marking his third visit there in six weeks. Honestly, …