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sampa the great jungle pussy
All Black Queens to the Front: Rap Alongside Sampa the Great and Junglepussy by Entering “Time’s Up” Remix Competition

The world is finally ready for Sampa the Great. The Zambian rapper, raised in Botswana and currently based in Australia, represents the electric underground rap scene, always sure to incorporate elements of herself—from her lyrics to Afro-centric instrumentation in a track’s production. Her fierce flow has been matched recently by Krown and Junglepussy, on “Time’s […]

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Open Mike Eagle Drops New Jazz Infused Single and Announces New Album

L.A. based artist Open Mike Eagle‘s new single “Bucciarati” is a fantastic interpretation of rap, hip hop, Jazz and electro, melting all four genres into a hot, molten liquid that slowly engulfs its listener in a warm, shapeshifting pool of sound. “Bucciarati” is one of three singles out now; all three set to be on […]

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Arlo Parks meditates on pain and its eventual passing in her newest single “Hurt”

Tapping into a stoic mantra, young artist Arlo Parks meditates on pain and its eventual passing in her newest single, “Hurt.” “Hurt” is about the sting of unpleasant experiences, but also about healing — exploring the notion that feeling pain in the first place means the bad experience has already happened, so eventually this too […]

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Bartees Strange
Bartees Strange returns to “Mustang” on transformative new anthem

Bartees Strange, the Oklahoma-raised crafter of propulsive indie-rock, has shared a preview of his upcoming debut album in the form of a new single and video for “Mustang.” A driving, colossally anthemic ode to the town in which Bartees grew up in–one whose predominantly white population made him feel an all too familiar pressure and […]

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Deqn Sue shares lo-fi, crush-tailored jam “Creep”

Deqn Sue—the Alabama singer/songwriter and creator of embellished pop tracks like “Troll”—has shared a new song in the form of “Creep.” A lo-fi piece that trades the vibrant synth-bop of “Troll” for something a little more personal—if just as deliciously catchy. Entangling all the observant details she makes about her crush’s routines and mannerisms into […]

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Spencer’S New Single “Maybe” A Telling Coming of Age Story

Writing from a place of honesty and unafraid to capture his youth as well as the moments that age him, young artist Spencer has been releasing genre bending music since he was a teenager. Now stepping up to the precipice of turning 21, Spencer focuses on expressing his inner turmoil with his newest single,”Maybe.” With […]

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Patricia Sanchez |
Ayoni Pens a Beautiful Piece on Being a Black Woman with Tender, yet Powerful New Single

Arranging a beautiful harmony of strings and vocals, Barbadian-born, L.A.-based, singer Ayoni captures the tender and often tumultuous experience of being a Black woman with her new single, “Unmoved (A Black Woman Truth).” With her new single, Ayoni professes an inner strength she holds onto and shares with others so they too can find their […]

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Patricia Sanchez |
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H.E.R. Shares Powerful New Protest Song “I Can’t Breathe”

Bay Area native H.E.R. makes police brutality and systemic racism the subject of her powerfully moving new single, “I Can’t Breathe.” Debuted earlier this month on iHeartRadio’s Living Room Concert series, the song has been released with a music video online. With “I Can’t Breathe,” H.E.R. commands attention from across the nation, making sure we […]

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Patricia Sanchez |
Bartees Strange Covers The National to Subvert the White Indie Scene on Say Goodbye to Pretty Boy EP

The phrase ‘representation matters’ has gained popularity of late, a rallying cry that accompanies demands that Hollywood diversify casting. Though the symptoms are different, an issue of representation persists today in the music industry as well. The ratio of white executives to executives of color at the most powerful companies is troublingly high, but even […]

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Vibrant Pop Artist Deqn Sue Returns with Earnest New Single “Troll”

In the age of internet chatrooms, then comment sections, then DMs, trolls have been a persistent plague. It’s easy to brush aside for anyone who has a small digital platform, but, as Aidy Bryant’s show Shrill, for one, demonstrated, the nagging hate that comes from faceless avatars can be damaging for everyone involved. Basically, it’s […]

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