The daily torrent of news pouring out of America has grown beyond sickening. Terrace Martin, Kamasi Washington, Denzel Curry, Daylyt and G Perico can take no more, and express their frustration, anger and disgust through the medium they excel at: their music.

The police is targeting protesters against excessive police violence with even more excessive police violence, shoots at the shoots at the international press with rubber bullets and punches down camera crews without warning. The white supremacist group Identity Evropa poses Antifa-activists to incite further violence, and the national guard has been deployed to shoot paint canisters at people…

Garbage soaring by Murmure

Could it be a vision of the future? One with plastic in place of feathers and fur, tie-rips instead of talons? The imagery in Paul Ressencourt and Simon Roche’s year-long garbage-themed series is equal parts dystopian and dreamlike. That the street art duo known as Murmure is finishing it off with an exhibition in Paris, doesn’t mean they’ve exhausted their creative options though. After all, if they’ve learned one thing from working in the streets, it’s that they’ll never allow anyone to box them in. Simon Roche: “It’s gratifying to not ask anyone for permission.”

“What if the garbage bags…

Untitled — Rockaway Beach, New York

How did ICY and SOT, two Iranian brothers putting up stencil art and paste-ups in their native city of Tabriz, only to always have it cleaned off the very same day, manage to evade the regime of the Ayatollahs and become a global street art phenomenon? It’s a story only they themselves can tell.

Once upon a time, they painted the mural Beer is not a crime in Teheran, but today ICY (born 1985) and SOT (born 1991) sit in a room at the top level of the MOCO Museum in Amsterdam, patiently waiting on a couple of cold beers…

P and ALC on the cover of the ‘Return of the Mac’ mixtape CD

“How dare you question my trendsetting, look at what I bring to the table”, Prodigy typed in a lengthy blog post on the now defunct HNIC2.com, thankfully and famously preserved on Nah Right. At the time, many a reader stifled a chuckle at P’s indignant tone and the seemingly outrageous innovations he claimed to have made, like “Rapping words that don’t always rhyme”, “How I fold my bandana” and “Websites.” The thing is, he wasn’t entirely wrong. …

There’s a lot that Will Sessions can do, but one thing that’s impossible for them, is getting boxed in. The Detroit outfit released a funk album called Deluxe earlier this year, knocked out the critically acclaimed live renditions of Nas’ classic Illmatic beats on Elmatic and have started their own label Sessions Sounds earlier this year. Through it, they’ve just released Kindred Live, a live fusion jazz record full of raucous energy, guaranteed to blow the dust off your speakers.

Kindred Live also features fellow Detroit native and equally eclectic musical mastermind Amp Fiddler on keys. He and bandleader Sam…

Sound system repair in Jamaica, as captured by B+

Though not everyone will be familiar with the name, there’s barely a soul left in hip hop who hasn’t encountered his work at some point. Photographer Brian Cross, better known as B+, has been a staple of L.A. hip hop for decades, as evidenced by his new book Ghostnotes. The 336-page tome has been years in the making, and offers a mesmerizing look at the music that drives its author, with photos of everyone from Kool Herc to Kendrick Lamar.

You might not have heard of Dustin “Dus T’” Garcia yet, but the 26-year-old animator from Los Angeles certainly made a name for himself when he aligned it with metal-faced hip hop villain MF Doom. This week, the illustrator’s work was showcased via an awesome animated video for “Gas Drawls,” a cut from MF Doom’s classic debut Operation Doomsday. It’s an exuberant piece of animation, bridging styles from several album sleeves in Doom’s discography, and featuring an exaggerated type of movement reminiscent of classic 1930s animation, if those animators would’ve had Montana paint on their fingertips and worked under a…

It’s hard not to get swept up in the intricate marketing campaigns of a franchise blockbuster movie whenever you’re looking forward to one. Ever since the first trailer for ‘The Last Jedi’ dropped, many have been fully on board for this. With anticipation building towards a crescendo, expectations keep rising , and it becomes increasingly difficult for reality to live up to the hype. For director Rian Johnson and his crew, judgment day has finally come.

Opening with a pulse-quickening dogfight in which Poe Dameron shows off his skills as arrogant “flyboy,” the film gets off to a fast start…

When Uncle L released his Mr. Smith album on November 20, 1995, it heralded a new era in his career, in which he shifted farther away from his hardcore rapper fanbase and eased into the loverman ballads to would sustain him for the next decade. That being said, Mr. Smith wasn’t about to let people forget he could still send some serious proverbial shots to the dome, and the inclusion of “I Shot Ya” made this perfectly clear. A simple-yet-hyped hook from raspy-voiced rhymer Keith Murray and an atmospheric piano loop sampled from Lynn Collins’ “Put It on the Line”…

Jaap van der Doelen

1982 was when Jaap van der Doelen shot his way out his mom dukes. Two years later he was already battling Big Brother and The Illuminati www.jaapvanderdoelen.nl

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