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Album of the Day: Homeboy Sandman & Edan, “Humble Pi”

Homeboy Sandman’s Kindness for Weakness was one of the strongest releases by an MC with no shortage of must-hear albums and EPs this past decade. And it wasn’t just because his sardonic, sharp-toothed but clear-eyed conceptual raps were on point—he brought an all-world lineup of beatmakers with him.

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The Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2017

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As the year comes to a close, it’s time to engage in the time-honored tradition of rounding up its essential releases. Over the course of the last 12 months, Bandcamp was home to some of the most thrilling, creative, and innovative albums in hip-hop, with MCs embarking on lyrical flights of fancy over beats that skew experimental, but still keep it funky. Presented in alphabetical order, here’s your 10 hip-hop sure shots for the rap year 2017.

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The Best New Hip-Hop on Bandcamp

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In our new roundup of Bandcamp releases, we spotlight a New York City wordsmith who’s all about the pure joy of rhyming, a transatlantic MC/producer collab with funk affinities, and a Detroit-based lyricist who was once a key J Dilla collaborator. Oh, and there’s this small 100-track project with samples sourced entirely from old Chinese vinyl. (We’re kidding, of course, that’s a huge deal.) Continue reading

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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Homeboy Sandman on Escalator Psychology (For Further Division of the American Public)

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Every so often, when he’s not touring or recording music, Homeboy Sandman slides through to drop jewels on us. Knowing Boy Sand, they can be about, well, anything. In September, he recalled a hilarious kickball game you have to read to believe. Now he’s back to school you on subway escalator etiquette. Are you a stander? A walker? Something else? We’ll let Sand take it away.

Let us now consider the things that can deciphered about someone based on whether they: A) stand still on subway escalators until the escalator has reached its destination; or B) walk up the escalator as if it were stairs, in doing so accelerating their impending arrival.

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Get to Know Paul White, Your Favorite Rapper’s Favorite Producer

Paul White. Photo by Owen Richards.

Paul White. Photo by Owen Richards.

If you’ve been following rap from 2011 to now, chances are very likely you’ve heard the work of Paul White. The London producer’s name has been attached to several critically acclaimed projects in 2016 alone. This year, he released a collaborative album with Chicago art-rap aficionado Open Mike Eagle, and produced the majority of Danny Brown’s brilliantly bizarre new record, Atrocity Exhibition.

Those releases, and much of the rest of his current discography, may be rooted in rap music, but don’t pigeonhole Paul White as a producer limited to a single genre. “I love putting all sorts of different genres together [to] prove genres don’t really exist,” he says. “People think it’s one genre and they assume they don’t like it—I’m really against that.”

White’s mission is tied to his self-described hippie lifestyle in which “everything’s related, everything’s the same.” For him, that thinking goes deeper than music, but the medium just happens to be his philosophical outlet. “One thing I’ve always tried to be is really diverse and try as many different things as possible,” White explains. “It’s great to have all these different projects out there now with different sounds attached.”

He’s constructed an impressive library of releases over the years, which for some, could prove overwhelming at first. We caught up with White, who walked us through his essential jams.

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Hip-Hop’s First Olympian, According to Homeboy Sandman

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You don’t have to speak with Homeboy Sandman long to realize how engaging he is. The Queens MC has such a unique style of storytelling, you’re instantly drawn in. So it only felt natural to give Boy Sand his own Bandcamp column. This is the first installment.

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

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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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