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On the Moving “Black Beans,” Choosey Revisits His Teenage Years

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“Growing up, I had friends that were black who’d say something about a Mexican person and I’d be like, ‘Yo, that’s half of me, what are you talking about?’” The Afro-Chicano rapper Choosey is discussing the ways he began realizing that racial and cultural stereotypes are born from ignorance. Raised by his Mexican father and black mother in Southern California, he’s channeled those observations into Black Beans, a vivid and eloquent sophomore album on which Choosey collaborated with the producer Exile, whose beats follow the lead of the narrative, sampling ’60s Chicano soul and oldies records. It’s a combination that gives the project a nostalgic feel—like you’re listening to Choosey sharing his coming-of-age story at a family reunion, while someone spins sweet soul records in the background.

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The Fat Beats “Baker’s Dozen” Series Gives Producers Room to Stretch Out

Ras G & The Afrikan Space Program

Ras G & The Afrikan Space Program

The Baker’s Dozen series, launched in 2016 by iconic independent hip-hop record store and label Fat Beats, is a cut above your average beat tape series. On each installment, a notable producer from the hip-hop, ambient, or electronic scene is challenged to craft an instrumental album that showcases their personality as much as their music. Artists like Exile, Daedelus, and Marco Polo have already contributed to the franchise, establishing the Baker’s Dozen as a premier outlet for instrumental music.

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The Best New Hip-Hop on Bandcamp

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This month’s crucial hip-hop picks include indie rap veterans who are embracing their years in the game, video game fiends paying tribute to the late, great Frank White, and a rapper who at one time had the whole Internet convinced he was actually an alias of Nas. In a break from the normal U.S.-based selection, we also take a detour to Auckland, New Zealand where a whole bunch of rap cats are mustering up their own brand of creative hip-hop.
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