Chris Martins



  • Run the Jewels Big Boi Killer Mike El-P 'Banana Clipper'

    Big Boi Joins Run the Jewels for Enemy-Neutering 'Banana Clipper'

    When SPIN visited Run the Jewels in the studio, producer/MC El-P explained the project's larcenous name as "probably like the hardest shit you can possibly say." He and Killer Mike maintain a commitment to that very cause in their songs as a duo, and on the freshly shared full version of "Banana Clipper," Big Boi joins them in that excellent, often eloquent endeavor. The duo's constituents trade fierce bars for most of the song, dissing all possible opponents while big-upping each other with aplomb: "Producer gave me a beat, said it's the beat of the year / I said El-P didn't do it, so get the fuck outta here." El, in turn, defines his rap style as "Chernobyl talk," before leveling the field for the entry of Daddy Fat Sax himself. Though kinda tacked onto the end, Big Boi sounds right at home over the squalling track, rapping lithely and bragging with the best of them.

  • The-Dream Jay-Z 'High Art' Video NSFW IVPlay

    The-Dream's Deluxe 'IV Play' Package Gets Felt Up in Steamy 'High Art' Video

    Another day, another softcore porn clip from The-Dream, who has been working around the clock to guarantee an "authentic love-making" experience for his devotees. The man's new IV Play album has officially hit the streets and is on target to move 20,000 or so units. But as noted in our post on his previous in flagrante video for the song "Pussy," he may be angling to stir up some clicks and controversy in order to push that number higher.His latest entry is the visual for the Jay-Z-featuring "High Art," and aside from some clutch shots of the pyramid-making deluxe CD packaging for the fresh long-player, the thing is basically an incredibly steamy lingerie ad.

  • Young Fathers 'Mr. Martyr' TAPE TWO Stream

    Young Fathers Play Out Crucifixion Fantasy on Spooky 'Mr. Martyr' Single

    Afro-Scottish art-rap posse Young Fathers are inching ever closer to the release date of their second (nearly full-length) EP, TAPE TWO, which means more ghostly soul-pop strangeness for us to pick apart. SPIN debuted the first track from the June 11 Anticon set, "I Heard," back in April, and while that song focused on the group's propensity for pained crooning and TV on the Radio-style harmonics, the latest is an urgent, jagged affair that highlights their Shabazz-like broken chants and creeping production skills. "Mr. Martyr" builds slowly in small surges of rhyme, song, and sound effects, then explodes into a whirlwind of voices and percussion, sounding not unlike a genuine Yeasayer freak-out. Our first introduction to the trio came via "Romance" from January's TAPE ONE. Rumor has it their full-length debut is just about wrapped and a U.S. date or two are on the horizon.

  • Atoms for Peace Radiohead 'Paperbag Writer' Thom Yorke Dance

    Thom Yorke's Ponytail Dance Hints Atoms for Peace Will Play Radiohead Songs on Tour

    Oh how Thom Yorke likes to tease. Earlier this month he gave us a mere 90 seconds of the ever-arresting "Karma Police." And with his DJing pal Nigel Godrich, he's been slowly dropping clip after clip of the duo's groove-steeped March set at New York's Le Poisson Rouge. Now that their Atoms for Peace project is getting ready to hit the road in earnest, beginning with a July 6 gig in Paris, Yorke and the band are sharing the tiniest snippets from their rehearsal sessions. On Monday (May 27), they shared a brief video of Flea goofing around and the next day we got 20 seconds of Yorke improvising with a pedal connected to Flea's bass.

  • Icona Pop 'Girlfriend' 2Pac Shakur Me My Single Tour

    Icona Pop Turn 2pac's 'Girlfriend' Into a Girl-Power Anthem

    Icona Pop was formed when Aino Jawo met Caroline Hjelt at a friend's party following a particularly gnarly breakup. "I was so consumed in my own life," she told SPIN last year, "and then when I met her everything changed." It's that sentiment that's powered the Swedish electropop duo's impressive rise since, which included a self-titled EP that landed on SPIN's 20 Best Pop Albums of 2012, and which is summed up so perfectly by the chorus of a certain '96 Tupac Shakur hit. The late Los Angeles icon rhymes, "All I need in this life of sin / Is me and my girlfriend," and these girlfriends rework the hook, changing "bloody" to "happy" for the Bonnie and Clyde-referencing "down to ride" portion. But the message is still the same: Haters be damned, we're coming through.

  • Miguel Twitter Black People Race Judgemental Pagan

    Miguel Settles Twitter Race Rant With Thoughtful Conversation, Freestyle Song

    If there's not already an award for Public Relations Crisis Aversion (Twitter Edition) then someone should invent one and give it to Miguel. The Kaleidoscope Dream singer-producer stirred up the pot on Monday (May 27) when he wrote a series of tweets revolving around the sentiment that black people are inherently judgmental.

  • Rihanna Herpes Lipstick RiRi Woo MAC Starkeema Greenidge

    Good Lip Gone Bad: Woman Sues Rihanna's Lipstick Brand for Giving Her Herpes

    A Harlem woman claims that Rihanna's lipstick gave her herpes. Starkeema Greenidge, 28, is so confident about the source of her good lip gone bad, in fact, that she's made it a court matter.

  • Matthew Dear 'She's Just That Way' 'Beams' Complete Edition

    Matthew Dear Electrifies the Hop on 'Beams' B-Side 'She's Just That Way'

    Matthew Dear's fifth album Beams was a masterwork for the avant-inclined singer/producer, combining computerized effects and live instrumentation in a way that brought new bubble and fizz to the man's unusual electro-pop concoctions. So while it's still a bit early to reissue the 2012 release, we're pleased nonetheless that Ghostly International will soon offer the "Complete Edition" thereof. Rounding out the original's 11 tracks are the four unique songs found on the Headcage EP, the previously shared B-side "Crimewaves," a boat-load of remixes and the never-heard song "She's Just That Way." You'll find that streaming below in all of its old-school swoon and down-at-the-hop bounce. Over pulsing keys and chopped vocals, Dear puts on his most dapper baritone and leads us through a lovely radio transmission beamed in from another era.

  • Danny Brown DJ Muggs 'Headfirst' Video Cartoon

    Cartoon Danny Brown Given Oral Tribute on Stage in DJ Muggs' 'Headfirst' Video

    Legendary Cypress Hill wax-slayer DJ Muggs quietly released a new album earlier this year, but there's nothing quiet about the music contained therein. Bass for Your Face was directly inspired by the Los Angeles beat scene's open embrace of hard and heavy low end, and the tracks incorporate large doses of the nastiest strains of dubstep heard this side of Skrillex's debut. When SPIN spoke to Muggs back in January, we heard his trunk-rattling collaboration with Roc Marciano, who he met while visiting Alchemist's weed-infused L.A. studio. Muggs made a few other friends while he was there and one of those was Danny Brown. The raunchy Detroit MC added his voice to "Headfirst," which now has its very own animated video. The Monsta-created clip finds the DJ/MC duo on a mission to rock a show, which they appear to do quite successfully.

  • Austra 'Painful Like' Olympia Album Stream

    Austra Dedicate New 'Painful Like' Single to Small-Town Gay Youth

    Austra have been keeping the sounds of their forthcoming second album very close. Olympia is due out June 18, via Domino, but until now we've only had a single song to mull over — the upbeat, operatic "Home" and its fittingly intense video. With a band as dramatic as this electroni-pop sextet, small doses go a long way, but the arrival of "Painful Like" feels overdue. The song was recorded live in the studio with all hands on deck, inspired by the full-band approach that generated some of the Chicago house scene's earliest hits.

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