Spiritually, we’re way more Central District than Laurelhurst. Please support the real ones at Passion of the Weiss by subscribing to our Patreon. I remember Nacho Picasso performing to a sea of Actual Pain and Flying Coffin snapbacks on 11th Ave and Pike Street in Seattle. It was 2012. Fans moshed and screamed to every […]

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The album features Jay-Z vocals over various Smashing Pumpkins tracks. Over the years, the works of Jay-Z  have been poked, prodded and mashed up countless times. The most notable example is Danger Mouse‘s The Grey Album. The project mashed up The Black Album with The Beatles’ 1968 album The White Album. Many believe that project […]

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Real ones know where the gold standard for hip-hop writing lies. Please support Passion of the Weiss by subscribing to our Patreon. David Brake puts on for his city. When Drumma Boy answers the phone, he sounds at peace. He’s calling from his home in Memphis, sitting poolside with his bare feet kicked up on […]

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Please help support our talented collective of music writers by subscribing to Passion of the Weiss on Patreon. Michael McKinney is gonna guest DJ his local voting polling station. Summer is winding down, and the air is turning crisper. Several of September’s best sets reflect that shift, whether through deeper and slower grooves or more […]

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The best new rap music, every single week. Please support Passion of the Weiss by subscribing to our Patreon. Brandon Callender pulled up to the spot sporting Will Chamberlin waves. Cakes Da Killa – “Don Dada” It’s become a bit of a cliche to say that something makes you miss the club, but hear me […]

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Noname shared the freestyle on Twitter. Noname has shared a freestyle of herself rapping over Jay Electronica‘s “Rough Love.” The artist took to Twitter on Wednesday to share the brief freestyle, captioning the video with: “i write to jay elect beats when im bored.” The track is from Jay Elec’s Act II: The Patents of […]

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The project will arrive as a limited edition vinyl pressing for the Black Friday installation of Record Store Day. After years of sporadic link-ups, Madlib and Karriem Riggins are set to release their debut collaborative album as Jahari Massamba Unit. Announced in the reveal of Record Store Day’s Black Friday release list, the project, titled […]

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Hear veteran music journalist, Dan Charnas, examine the pioneering rhythms and sampling rituals of J Dilla. A new episode of Oliver Wang’s podcast, Heat Rocks, dissects the myriad innovations and production methods of the late J Dilla, as well as their impact on hip-hop’s torch-bearing beatmakers. Joined by journalist Dan Charnas (former A&R, author of The […]

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Okayplayer kicks off its new video series Needle to the Groove with Chuck D, who spoke about some of his favorite vinyl records. Have you ever wondered what some of your favorite artists, entertainers, and public figures’ most beloved vinyl records are? Well, this is what Needle to the Groove is all about. Okayplayer’s newest video series, Needle to […]

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When touching on the release she shares, “The overall theme is just feel-good music.” Emerging Chicago rapper Nina Tech has released her ferocious EP Pull Up. The project rebaptizes her as a queer female wordsmith you should be watching right now. Equipped with four tracks, the experimental project displays Nina’s eccentric vocal prowess.  Thematically, the […]

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The release features Reason reflecting on his anxieties, his fears and moving forward as he’s staked his claim in the industry. TDE’s Reason has emerged to offer up his latest project, New Beginnings, it follows the arrival of numerous singles throughout 2020. The new release features appearances by his TDE labelmates Schoolboy Q, Isaiah Rashad […]

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The rapper also shared a cinematic trailer for his new album, Extinction Level Event 2: The Wrath of God.  After years of laying low, Busta Rhymes has been slowly resurfacing over the last few months. In September, the hip-hop heavyweight released the new single “YUUUU,” with Anderson .Paak, brandishing his hallmark rapid-fire bars and sparring […]

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The Round-Up playlist is Okayplayer’s weekly haul of the best songs in the worlds of hip-hop and R&B. This week’s set features new music from REASON, cupcakKe, Channel Tres, Xavier Omar, Cleo Reed, and more. Scroll through selections from our latest sequence below and subscribe to Okayplayer’s Spotify channel today. Fede Lng feat. Mojeaux and Byron […]

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Artist, poet, songwriter, and producer Seekay is truly unstoppable. After making the headlines for weeks with the release of his singles “Hold” and “Fall,” returns with yet another single, or masterpiece should we say. The new track is titled “Wiser” and defies all limits by mixing together so many elements that, at first glance, are […]

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Please support the gold standard of hip-hop journalism by subscribing to Passion of the Weiss on Patreon. Blxst is an evocative storyteller and Los Angeles is his muse. From the streets of South Central to the suburbs of the Inland Empire, Blxst believes that the modern Angeleno lacks a coherent archetype; everyone’s story is different. […]

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The video explores yearning for a partner that wronged you and questioning the validity of his past experiences. Givēon has dropped a visual for his single “Stuck On You” off his newly released EP, When It’s All Said And Done. The clip directed by Alexander Black begins with the singer-songwriter reflecting. Throughout the video, Givēon […]

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