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Run The Jewels are taken down by the broken prison system in video for “Legend Has It”

Run The Jewels’ newest video places rappers El-P and Killer Mike squarely in the crosshairs of a police state and its standard perceptions that black people and/or rap musicians are criminals.

In the video for “Legend Has It” from RTJ3, the duo mysteriously multiplies as they’re placed in a police lineup. As the song progresses, a little girl, a guy in a full body cast and a nun are later replaced by police officers in the lineup, until just El-P and Killer Mike become the main suspects in an unnamed crime.

Meanwhile, officers discuss who may be guilty, judging by people’s physical description.

“Go with your gut. Which of these gives you a bad feeling?” goes one quote behind the glass. The “woman of God” the body cast guy and the girl are of course let go, until only El-P and Killer Mike are left.

The video also features the view from a dark prison floor, showing the number of incarcerated rising as the decades pass– 1.9 million in 2000 to 2.3 million in 2017. Besides “Legend Has It” being one of the best raps from RTJ3, this is another video where Run The Jewels push boundaries of normalcy as they try to make their point — the U.S. prison system is severely flawed.

There’s quite a lot in the video, but it could have packed even more of a punch if it focused more on those prison numbers.

Watch the video below.

 

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Open Windows 2: Nice dreams, coathangers and shoegaze/metal fire

Atlanta garage punk group The Coathangers paid a visit to Paste’s studios recently. The band members all have stage names ending in Coathanger — Rusty Coathanger, Crook Kid Coathanger and Minnie Coathanger. They’re already seasoned punk veterans, with their fifth album, Nosebleed Weekend, out April 15 on Suicide Squeeze Records.

With the constant tick-ticking of the rim and two acoustic guitars, the three of them play a stripped-down version of their song “Make It Right” for Paste, but to hear them in their full punk-rock glory, watch them do the cutting in their video for “Hurricane” from 2011:

 

The debut from Boston-based thrash-metal-shoegaze group Astronoid is out June 10 on Blood Music, and Metal Injection has posted the lyric video for “Up and Atom.” One listen to that song will hook you– their vocal harmonies simply float in the heavens, while waves of guitars perform their own shredded masterpiece below. Their debut is going to be huge.

 

Almost everyone’s reviewing Radiohead’s A Moon Shaped Pool, including an 8-year-old who’s broken the songs down in very simple terms. Radiohead’s music is extremely dense and layered with different meanings, so it’s refreshing to see a child tackle the album, track by track. And to be honest, every music critic has to start somewhere, and my early reviews started like this, so kudos to him for getting an early jump.

Read it for yourself:

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Jazz/classical/synth and sonic mastermind Floating Points (Sam Shepherd) has released the studio version of an 18-minute song called “Kuiper,” part of his upcoming Kuiper EP out July 22 on Luaka Bop/PLUTO. Shepherd had earlier released the live version on video. His instrumental works are pieces of electronic art. Kuiper will be available to download May 20.

Actor and MC Daveed Diggs can rap 19 words in 3 seconds — the fastest rapper on Broadway. While there’s not many rappers on Broadway, that’s pretty damn impressive. Diggs shows off his skills in the song “Guns and Ships” which he performs on the massive Broadway hit “Hamilton.”

Don’t blink as he slams a few verses from his hip-hop group, clipping., on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon:

 

EL VY, a project created by The National’s Matt Berninger and Brent Knopf of Menomena, have mixed and released Wye Oak’s song “Need A Friend.”

Wye Oak’s Andy Stack said this about the remix:

I spent the last quarter of 2015 playing drums on tour with EL VY. “Need a Friend” was consistently our closer, and arguably the most high-energy song of the set. By contrast, when I went to remix it, I imagined it as a Sade-style slow jam (complete with horn solo), a genuine reading of the angst, “love” and “heartbreak” which the original presents as more tongue-in-cheek. 

Wye Oak has been hinting at new music and will head out on tour this summer.

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Run The Jewels’ “Meowpurrdy” video might melt your brain

Run The Jewels new video for “Meowpurrdy” will make your hair stand on end.

“Meowpurrdy” is the opener for Run The Jewels’ cat-remix, Run The Jewels 2, which is still a guilty pleasure months after its release.

The video features internet sensation Lil Bub (below), a cat with special needs whose tongue hangs out a lot, and was made with help from Adult Swim.

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Sure, the cats start off the video with some innocent dancing, but they soon sprout extra teeth, which are really like fangs, and multiply into deformed feline mutations with uneven eyes and fat tongues. I don’t think the video was supposed to remind people of The Human Centipede, but there you go.

You’ve been warned.

 

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Not even going to try and describe what’s going on here.

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French MC Sianna slays on Namaste’s “Wat Wat” remix

South African electronic music producers Spoek Mathambo and DJ Aero Manyelo, who recently formed the collective Batuk, have remixed Namaste’s “Wat Wat,” and along with French MC Sianna, have added fuel to the fire of the dance/rap/synth/ mashup. It’s part of Red Bull Music Academy’s 20 Before 16 series.

“Wat Wat” by Swedish punk singer/rapper Naomi Namasenda, or Namaste, was originally recorded with Gnuchi, as part of the talent program Nasa Niva.

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Although there’s plenty of moving parts to this remix that span language and regions, the resulting sound is pretty much electric. These artists might benefit from future collaborations.

Pick up a free download of Namaste’s “Wat Wat (Batuk remix)” at Red Bull Music Academy.

Batuk will release their first music in January. Hear their music below.

Listen to Namaste’s “Wat Wat,” live at East FM.

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Revolutionary new rapper Tunde Olaniran releases single “Namesake”

Afro-futurist rapper Tunde Olaniran’s new single is a wake-up call.

Olaniran, who hails from Flint, Michigan, merges genres on “Namesake” while promoting positive messages of personal identity, leaning into classic dance music notes, then without a breath lays down heavy rap effortlessly.

Vocal sound bites meet hip-hop, which meets melodic singing, which leaks in between rapid-fire raps and ’80s electronic guitar and drum licks. And he’s not all serious either, whipping light-hearted hip-hop lines which are topped with truth bombs.

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“Everybody’s hoping and scraping and wishing they could be something outside themselves … If I can be me, then you can be yourself,” he repeats without a shred of loftiness, then switches into angry mode, declaring,”It’s like we’re never satisfied.”

Besides his music endeavors, Olaniran also an author, choreographer and activist who works for Planned Parenthood in Michigan. He works as an educator promoting sexual equality and awareness.

Olaniran’s full-length album comes after the success of his 2014 EP “Yung Archetype.”

“Transgressor” will be out Aug. 7 on Quite Scientific.

Listen to “Namesake” below:

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Watch A$AP Rocky’s talk at Red Bull Music Academy

ASAPROCKY-RedBullRed Bull Music Academy Festival New York has released a conversation with A$AP Rocky from May, when he premiered “Everyday” which features Miguel, Mark Ronson and Rod Stewart.

A$AP Rocky spoke with Egotrip founder Chairman Mao about growing up in the Bronx and Harlem, and the recent death of his mentor and friend, A$AP Yams. Rocky also discussed a new A$AP Mob album and his love of Houston rap.

Visit Red Bull Music Academy for more on May’s installment.

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Prince Harvey recorded his album in the Apple retail store; download his tracks for free

Prince Harvey can count the Apple Store and some grit as factors in getting his debut recorded.

According to the Daily Beast, Prince Harvey spent four months off and on in an Apple Store in Soho, New York City, secretly recording his music. He kept his files safe in the trash, which didn’t get wiped out at the end of each day.

prince harvey sometimesLike many others, it was originally not in the cards to record in a retail venue, but Prince Harvey’s computer died, which threw a wrench in his progress. Later, his hard drive was stolen, while making a run to buy squid.

“I just thought, ‘I’m going to die before anyone knows I’m hot,’ ” he told the Daily Beast. It’s pretty great that he was able to accomplish what he needed to despite the constant setbacks.

The album is called “PHATASS” — as in Prince Harvey At The Apple Store: Soho. It will be released July 26.

There’s no denying the world-music, DIY sound Prince Harvey has, but the beats and raps are accessible and relatable. Harvey, from Dominica, recorded his first song at 8, so it’s not like he’s a newbie to the world of hip-hop.

Listen to “Sometimes” and “The New Black,” and you can download and others for free:

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Wu-Tang Clan signs with Warner Brothers

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Hip-hop/rap juggernaut Wu-Tang Clan (RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta KIlla and Cappadonna) has signed a contract with Warner Brothers, the record label announced Oct. 3.

The first release on the new label will be a 20th anniversary album “A Better Tomorrow,” which will be available Dec. 2.

According to Ghostface Killah in a statement, “We’re getting Bugs Bunny money.”

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