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London O’Connor Circles the Triangle

There’s something rough and entirely genuine about London O’Connor‘s debut album, O∆ (pronounced Circle Triangle). The album is centered around uber-catchy bedroom pop with hip hop currents and ambient textures. In other words, O∆ is the perfect album for the exploratory feeling that hangs to springs emerging coattails. The album opens with “OATMEAL.” Feeling like undiscovered gem from […]

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P.O.S. and Ceschi @ Riot Room

Without P.O.S., there wouldn’t be Death Grips or Clipping or anything on Anticon. The Minneapolis native is able to charge a line with such an intensity that even the most mundane sentiments, when spilling from his mouth, have a punch few MCs can match. Joining P.O.S. on stage will be Ceschi Ramos, who splices lightning […]

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Sahavannes, False Brother, Justinxshon, Dead Dads Club @ Mills Record Company

Shuttlecock Magazine‘s showcases are some of the best ways to catch new, up and coming musicians. And the first showcase of 2017 promises nothing different. Featuring Sahvannes, False Brother, Justinxshon, and Dead Dads Club, the in store will bring together pop, post-punk, beats, and rap for an eclectic night of great music. Dead Dads Club […]

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First Repressions: Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor

Before Donald Glover was singing about zombies as Childish Gambino, Lupe Fiasco was riding the L with brains on his brains. Before Tyler The Creator was skating and combining hip hop and skate culture, Lupe Fiasco was kicking and pushing through the streets of Chicago. Near its 10 year anniversary, the Chicago rapper’s debut is […]

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MidCoast Takeover 2017: Send ‘Em To Austin

It’s that time of year: the fog is burning off the horizon before noon, the ground is thinking about turning green again, and music festivals are starting to pop up in our Facebook feeds. One of those festivals should be The MidCoast Takeover. Sitting squarely in its seventh year, The MidCoast Takeover is a four-day […]

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Lil Kim Gets Hardcore

There was a beautiful time in the mid- to late 90s when hip hop, RnB, and pop came together seamlessly. At the center of this was Lil Kim‘s debut album Hard Core. The Queen Bee’s album marries the hard edged aesthetic/persona that accompanies many rappers with the controlled and unabashed use of her sexuality. Like a […]

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Sound Machine: Abnorm, Illphonics, AZP, Lincoln Marshall, Smitty The Kid

Sound Machine 004 will be a hip hop feast. Featuring some of the best examples of rap and hip hop from Kansas City, St. Louis, Lincoln, and Lawrence, this Saturday concert at recordBar will prove that hip hop in the midwest extends beyond Tech N9ne, Lupe Fiasco, and Mac Lethal. Sound Machine 004 will showcase […]

BLKFLANL Vinyl Only DJ Set @ Mills Record Company

Conductor WIlliams will be spinning records starting at 6 pm. BLKFLANL will perform the second half of the night and are running a huge sale on all the groups merch! More details via Facebook. 

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Top Ten Albums of 2016

Honorable Mention: Summertime 06 by Vince Staples. The only reason this record is an honorable mention is because it didn’t hit wax until the day before my list last year was made. Vince Staples might single-handedly save hip-hop, and he’s only warming up with Summertime ’06. 10 Princess by Abra. Technically an EP, Princess by ABRA is dark […]

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The Flatbush Zombies Take Us on a Laced Odyssey

The Flatbush Zombies spit a fine line. One the one hand, the trio’s music is disjunctive, dark, and all around strange. On the other, it unwinds incredibly smooth, laced with points of light and references to other hip hop acts. It’s hard to neatly classify their latest, 3001: A Laced Odyssey. I can say that the […]

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Look in The Local Bin: Scabb

I first heard Scabb when listening to the Manor House playlist in anticipation for the weekend house show. The young MC quickly caught my ear with his ability to backflip through styles while keeping things smooth and even. His single “Almost” was a breath of fresh air in Kansas City’s hip hop scene (which, given […]

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Rae Sremmurd’s Double Life

Rae Sremmurd is back with Sremmlife 2. Coming off the massive single “Black Beatles,” the album sits in the murky level between the high and the eventual withdrawal. Sremmlife 2 spins with all the energy of a Mike Jones joint and the self-awareness that has come to be a hallmark of contemporary rap (thanks to rappers […]