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Malibu Ken is an A-List Electro-Rap Collaboration Built Off Mutual Respect

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Tobacco (L) and Aesop Rock (R)

In September 2007, producer Tom Fec toured as part of Black Moth Super Rainbow with the Flaming Lips for a handful of dates. This billing made sense, given Black Moth Super Rainbow’s sickly sweet electro-psychedelic rock sound. For nearly three months after that, Black Moth Super Rainbow opened for rapper Aesop Rock, whose extensive vocabulary and anti-establishment bent had already made him a favorite of underground hip-hop fans. This line-up, too, made sense, albeit for reasons that fans might not have known. “I’m trying to put this in the nicest way possible: I don’t think either of us loved being on the road,” Fec says. Continue reading

The Best Albums of 2016: #100 – 81

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If there’s one thing we learned since we launched Bandcamp Daily this past June, it’s that the world of Bandcamp is enormous—encompassing everything from emo in China to cumbia punk in Tucson, Arizona to just about everything in between. So narrowing our Best Albums of the Year down to 100 choices was a daunting task. This week, we’ll be sharing our picks, 20 at a time, until we arrive at the top spot on Friday.

More “Best of 2016”:
The Best Albums of 2016 #80 – 61
The Best Albums of 2016: #60 – 41
The Best Albums of 2016: #40 – 21
The Best Albums of 2016: #20-1

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Big Ups: Homeboy Sandman Picks His Favorite Hip-Hop Artists

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Homeboy Sandman. Photo by Brad Hasse
Homeboy Sandman is one of hip-hop’s best writers, possessing a ruminating rhyme style that makes the mundane aspects of life feel absorbing. It doesn’t matter if he’s rapping about food or bike trails, you feel like Sandman is speaking directly to you—like you’re sitting on a park bench, having a long chat with a familiar friend. For this edition of Big Ups, we asked the popular Queens lyricist to write about his five favorite hip-hop artists at the moment. In typical Boy Sand fashion, the descriptions below are as authentic and insightful as his flows.

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