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The Best Hip-Hop on Bandcamp: April 2019

best-hip-hop-1244This month’s celebration of the ten most essential new hip-hop releases on Bandcamp includes a West Coast project in the lineage of Madlib’s extended musical family, a sterling collaboration between a Rochester street spitter and a cinematic German producer, and a successful mash-up of contemporary U.K. jazz players and golden era MCs. We also make a pit stop in Eastern India for a time-traveling album that goes deep on ancestral themes. Continue reading

On “Everything’s Fine,” Jean Grae and Quelle Chris Take Society to Task

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Photos by Mindy Tucker

In early July 2016, rappers Jean Grae and Quelle Chris explained how frustrating it is to release satirical art in modern-day America. They’d just put out Goodnight Courtney, a comedic short about the isolated life of a depressed cartoon character. But the piece came at the end of a devastating news week, just days after black men Alton Sterling and Philando Castile were shot and killed by law enforcement in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Falcon Heights, Minnesota, respectively, and five police officers were killed in retaliation at a protest in Dallas, Texas. “Every morning,” Grae told Bandcamp, “I can’t just say anything and I can’t just release anything without going online first and checking [to see] if anyone’s dead. It’s not OK.”

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The Best New Hip-Hop on Bandcamp


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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