Give My Regards: Kellen Barrett, Pt. 1

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(Part One of Three) Kellen Barrett waxes poetic on two albums that changed his life.

G.O.O.D. Days Ahead

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Kanye West and Perajok, a long time friend of West’s, dropped the Good Ass Mixtape today in light of up-and-coming albums from many of his G.O.O.D. Music label affiliates. Not to mention, his own album, which is presently untitled (although West joked recently that it would be titled African Child, after a Get Him to the … Continue reading

John Legend & The Roots’ ‘Hard Times’

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The following video does not require much explanation. The Roots — one of the last hip-hop conglomerates with a hand close to Native Tongue, soul and funk pulses. John Legend — one of the most charismatic male vocalists of the 21st century. With every preview offered, the September 21st release date of their collaborative outing, … Continue reading

The Medium Is The Message: Art & Music

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Feature contribution from Jasmin Charters Music and art have had a solid, long-standing relationship since 1938, when at the tender age of 23, Alex Steinweiss — the so-called ‘Creator of the Album Cover’ — decided record sales might skyrocket if one ousted brown paper covers in exchange for intriguing visuals. Well, he was right. Artists … Continue reading

Kanye West’s ‘See Me Now’

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“Charlie Wilson, I’mma let you finish, but I got Beyonce on the track.” It’s been awhile since we’ve seen this sort of self-deprecating humour from the Louis Vuitton Don. Frankly, it’s a relief. One of the elements that made Kanye West’s first two albums such an impacting force in hip-hop was his ability to step … Continue reading

Ray Lamontagne Hits His Stride With The Pariah Dogs

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An amazing backing band can work wonders for a good songwriter. Ryan Adams with The Cardinals. Tom Petty with The Heartbreakers. Bob Dylan with The Band. Bruce Springsteen with the E Street Band. Justin Timberlake with *Nsync; well, maybe not as much. Every pairing helped elevate its leader’s storytelling to another level by subtracting the instrumental … Continue reading

In Which We Look Into Rock the Bells ’10: Yelawolf

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The beauty of a mixtape to an MC is that it gives him or her a chance to toss out whatever the hell they want with minimal label intervention. For that simple fact, we’ve seen a number of mixtapes bang harder than artist’s actual studio albums. We have watched as the hip-hop world fell in love … Continue reading

The Weakerthans in Kitchener, Ontario.

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Fans of the Winnipeg indie act The Weatherthans know that going to a show is as mesmerizing as watching the internal mechanics of an old-fashioned clock. The pieces seem simple, work so well together, move with impeccable timing – resulting in the magnificent act of counting all the beautiful pieces that make up a perfect … Continue reading

Bun B’s ‘Chuuch!!!’

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You know you’re major when the CEO of your label (J. Prince of Rap-A-Lot Records) takes time to deliver a monologue to open your album. You know you’re serious when you spit after new verses from deceased legends Pimp C and 2pac. You know you’re fancy when you coral cuts by DJ Premier and J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League … Continue reading

In Which We Look Into Rock The Bells ’10: Snoop Dogg (-y Dogg)

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To me, gangster lyricism and g-funk beats characterized West Coast Hip-Hop in the early nineties. Not that it’s as simple as all that, but, to illustrate my point, consider how easy it is to pick out which historic tracks came from either Dr. Dre’s The Chronic or Snoop Dogg’s Doggystyle. The craftsmanship on those two … Continue reading

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