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Posts Tagged: rap

Surf Out in Time for Your Next BBQ

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In case you missed it, Chance the Rapper and his band The Social Experiment collaborated with Donnie Trumpet to release their joint LP Surf last week and, well, it’s pretty great. And it’s free. The album could be the “most anxiously awaited record of the year” according to okayplayer, and we can see why: from […]

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Song of the Day: “Grief”

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The rapper and elusive lyricist Earl Sweatshirt projects a certain underdog quality. His debut album, Earl, came out in 2010, when he was 16. It garnered him widespread attention, which only multiplied when word spread that his mother had packed him off to a boarding school for “at-risk children” in Samoa. Modern-day exile only served to […]

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The Rumpus Interview with Tyler Gartzman

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Rapper Tyler Gartzman talks about getting high, hypothetically making out with George Bush, not getting laid since high school, and how a white, Jewish kid in Atlanta became a talented hip-hop wordsmith.

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Straight Outta Gotham

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On August 18, hip-hop and comic book nerds alike convened to celebrate the release of Volume 2 of Ed Piskor’s The Hip-Hop Family Tree, a history of the genre in graphic novel-form. In the Daily Beast, Daniel Genis explains how the competing personae and one-upsmanship among rappers translate so easily to a medium that often […]

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A Unique Way of Getting Down With Gertrude Stein

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Rumpus assistant editor Lauren O’Neal interviews Michelle Sutherland about her opera/musical/self described “event” Gertrude Stein SAINTS over at the Hairpin. They talk about the role of men in the play, how Carnegie Mellon got on board, and how rap totally works for this! Gertrude Stein really hung out with the biggest macho dickheads of the […]

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The Waka Effect

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It’s a tale as old as the ancient bones of the hills: A middle-aged white lady develops an interest in blogging about rap music. She befriends hip-hop artist Waka Flocka Flame over Twitter. Her husband gets jealous and controlling. She gets awesome.

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The Freestyle Cortex

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A sudden burst of improvisational creativity may feel almost supernatural in origin, but there’s a biological basis for it, say researchers. How did they study it? By scanning the brains of freestyling rappers, of course. They found that rapping memorized lyrics and rapping freestyle use entirely different parts of the brain. In fact, improvising actually […]

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