New Music, Video

Peep This: The Internet – “Special Affair/Curse”

It’s always a party when The Internet’s around, and for the “Special Affair” visuals, Syd and the gang switch up the turn-up into a slow burn. Black and white sets the mood at first, but once the video flips itself unto “Curse” and a rotating scheme of role reversals, the band becomes bold and hi-def. […]

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Jam On It: Tyler, the Creator – “Fucking Young/Perfect”

Time, place, date. Sinister Tweets from the culture’s popular characters have used this formula to call congregations, break news and announce drops within a meager 140 characters. But maybe that’s just proof of the “less is more” notion especially after Odd Future ringleader Tyler, the Creator came out from beneath his stockpile of Golf Wang […]

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Emcee, Events, Lifestyle

2013’s Best: The Top Moments in Hip-Hop

If only we weren’t limited to ten. Hip-hop had a huge year, from Twitter beefs to chart-breaking albums, from the new paupers-turned-princes of hip-hop – but don’t think the last gawd is to remain unspoken for. We’re talking marriage proposals via YouTube — sans any corny flash mobs — hospital visits and riots, and a […]

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2013’s Best: Nova’s Top Albums

I’m really sorry that I’ve neglected you this year, hip-hop.  New waves of UK dance pop, PBR’n’B, and the budding chill-trap movement have distracted me from my deep roots with you.  Songs by French Montana and 2 Chainz were shrug-while-fist-twisting worthy when I was at the club, but it made me cringe when I realized […]

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Emcee, Events, Issues

RECAP: Mac Miller @ The Observatory, Santa Ana

I’ve personally been a fan of Mac Miller since day one. To say he’s come a long way from his first mixtape “Easy Mac” is an understatement. Last week I headed to The Observatory in Santa Ana to see Mac for my third time. Each time I have seen him perform has been a different […]

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Emcee, Issues, Media

Album Review: Tyler, The Creator – Wolf

Out the gate, I like Tyler the Creator’s “Wolf”, a lot. “Wolf” is Tyler’s 3rd studio album, and my favorite. It accomplishes all of the things a solid hip hop album should: 1) Have very few songs that I want to skip when I listen to it in full. 2) Have some sort of cohesive […]

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Jam On It: Tyler, The Creator ft. Frank Ocean – Slater

With Tyler, The Creator’s next album, “Wolf”, set to release next week, he’s building upon that buzz by dropping another single off of it.  On this track entitled “Slater”, he enlists the help of fellow Odd Future comrade Frank Ocean to tell a story about everybody’s favorite male chauvinist wrestler from Bayside High his chick […]

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