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Panorama 2016: SPIN’s Best Live Photos

The inaugural Panorama Festival — a.k.a. "East Coast Coachella" — took place at Randall's Island in New York City this past weekend, and it more…
SPIN Staff / July 25, 2016

The 50 Best Hip-Hop Debut Albums Since ‘Reasonable Doubt’

In honor of the recent 20th anniversary of Jay Z’s debut album, Reasonable Doubt, we’re publishing a series of pieces looking at the rapper’s singular…
SPIN Staff / July 1, 2016

Four Tet Unleashes Unreleased Tracks From Madlib, Future Islands’ Samuel T. Herring, and Pearson Sound

Four Tet has always been very generous with sharing unreleased or rare tracks by his musical friends on his BBC Radio 1 show, and last…
Harley Brown / March 24, 2016

Future Islands’ Sam Herring Collaborates With Madlib on New Rap Project

The sweatiest man in rock 'n' roll is continuing to dabble in rap. Future Islands frontman Sam Herring has dropped some bars under his MC name Hemlock…
James Grebey / July 17, 2015

The 40 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2014

Purists and casual listeners alike would probably agree that 2014 failed to deliver on a number of hip-hop promises that could've lit the year aflame.
SPIN Staff / December 12, 2014

Madlib Chops the Rock on Underwhelming ‘Rock Konducta Vol. 2′

Otis Jackson Jr. isn't out of ideas, no way. The 40 year-old producer, record collector and dispenser of annual beat tapes operates like a subscription…
Dan Weiss / July 17, 2014

Freak Scene: 2014’s Weird World of Underground Rap

Underground hip-hop is not what it used to be, but that's a good thing. At its peak, "the underground" was its own separate and damn…
Brandon Soderberg / July 11, 2014

Madlib Rolls Out Psych-Rock Beats on ‘Black Dreams (Sludge Fight)’

Elusive Los Angeles beat-genius Madlib has shared a new taste from his ongoing Rock Konducta project, the fifth chapter (each divided into two volumes) in his ongoing Beat Konducta series. Heard…
Olivia Forman / June 11, 2014

Freddie Gibbs’ Raps From Prison in ‘Deeper’ Video

Freddie Gibbs and Madlib found a real groove together on Pińata, a street-rap epic that combines the deft stylings of an Indiana-reared MC who's drawn…
Chris Martins / June 3, 2014

The 50 Best Albums of 2014 So Far

UPDATE: This is SPIN's mid-year report on 2014. For SPIN's end-of-the-year list, check out The 50 Best Albums of 2014. As 2014 approaches its midpoint,…
SPIN Staff / June 2, 2014

Kanye West Extols J Dilla in Stones Throw Documentary Bonus Video

Stones Throw has been capitalizing on its ravenous crate-digging for the better part of two decades now, and this week the omnivorous Los Angeles hip-hop…
Colin Joyce / May 29, 2014

Rap Songs of the Week: Freddie Gibbs’ Artful, Madlib-Assisted Jeezy Diss, ‘Real’

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, "Real"Before we celebrate the artful way in which this song dissects the increasingly troubled and useless Jeezy, let's just make it…
Brandon Soderberg / March 20, 2014

Madlib Muses on Methods Behind His Madness

Sometime around 1985, an 11-year-old Otis Jackson Jr. sampled his first song. Plucking an album from his dad's collection, he tinkered with "Sucker" from Doing…
Reyan Ali / March 20, 2014

Freddie Gibbs and Madlib Craft a Deft, Eccentric Street-Rap Epic on ‘Pinata’

Piñata, the full-length collaboration between 21st-century gangster rapper Freddie Gibbs and 31st-century producer Madlib, lulls breezily between pro forma thuggery and Swisha Sweet insights, mixing…
Mosi Reeves / March 13, 2014

Watch Madlib Compare J Dilla to Coltrane in Rare Video Interview

Revered rap producer Madlib is a notoriously difficult guy to pin down for an interview. The staggeringly prolific artist usually prefers to keep his head…
Chris Martins / December 27, 2013
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