Chris Martins

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  • Sole DJ Pain 1 'Coal' Death Drive Album Stream

    Sole and DJ Pain 1 Fire Shots at Steve Jobs on 'Coal'

    Platinum producer DJ Pain 1 and experimental rap pioneer Sole are teaming up for an album. Dubbed DEATHDRIVE, the forthcoming set aims to "eschew the rapper persona of martyr/prophet and speak from the riot line," combining the Anticon founder's knack for incisive political invective with the trap-addled sonics of a beat-master best known for his work with Young Jeezy, 50 Cent, Juicy J, 2 Chainz, and Gucci Mane, to name a few. The first taste of their unlikely collaboration is below and it's powerful stuff."Coal" finds Sole clear-headed and fierce: "Tell 'em Tim Holland was not a rolling stone, he was a brick / Through the window of the U.S.

  • Portlandia Activity Book

    Punk Paint by Numbers and More 'Portlandia Activity Book' Fun

  • Jonwayne 'How to Be a Gemini' Video Rap Album One

    Jonwayne's Office Drone Goes Postal in 'How to Be a Gemini' Video

    Jonwayne's official on-the-mike debut arrived last year, but the excellent Rap Album One continues to deliver well into 2014. In January, the Los Angeles MC/producer caught shine with the video for "The Come Up" (see him rhyme inside of a diamond), and now we've got a very different sort of clip for "How to Be a Gemini." Instead of the Stones Throw artist, we see an office drone driven to extremes, and his workplace fantasy made real by director Naveed Farro.

  • Hamilton Leithauser Walkmen Black Hours Solo Album

    The Walkmen's Hamilton Leithauser Goes Solo With 'Alexandra' Video

    The Walkmen (effectively) broke up. Then they announced plans to get back together for a day. And then member Walter Martin announced his solo debut. Now, frontman Hamilton Leithauser shares concrete details (and a video!) for his whispered-about adventure into independence. The 10-song set Black Hours will arrive May 6 on Ribbon Music — the singer/guitarist teased the reveal on Instagram, Twitter, and his own new site Monday night, before revealing the track list and personnel.As was partially confirmed previously, contributors include Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend), Paul Maroon (the Walkmen), Morgan Henderson (Fleet Foxes), Richard Swift (the Shins), Amber Coffman (Dirty Projectors), and Hugh McIntosh (the Recoys).

  • Robin Thicke and Paula Patton Are Peaceably Separating

    Robin Thicke and Childhood Sweetheart Paula Patton Are Separating

    Robin Thicke and his wife are separating. The Blurred Lines star and actress Paula Patton began dating around 1993, were married in 2005, and had a child, Julian Fuego Thicke, in 2010. The couple confirmed the news in a statement to People on Monday, writing, "We will always love each other and be best friends, however, we have mutually decided to separate at this time."As the story goes, the pair actually met in 1991 when Thicke was 14. He supposedly asked her to dance at an underage club on the Sunset Strip, and he cornily serenaded her with "Jungle Fever" when she accepted. They began dating two years later. He is 36. She is 38. Last year, Thicke told Billboard that Patton was a major influence on his most recent hit album."My wife and I would hang out at the end of the night, and I would play her the songs I was working on and we would dance around and be so happy," Thicke said.

  • Deniro Farrar Undercover Fan Video F4mily Matters

    Deniro Farrar Flexes Over Fuzz in 'UnderCover Fan' Video

    Deniro Farrar recently sat down with SPIN to discuss, among other things, his decision to refer to the music he makes as "cult rap." But hit play on the video above, and you get the broad strokes pretty quickly. His gravelly voice and confident delivery are the stuff of leadership to be sure, he's got on-camera charisma to spare, and his taste in beats winds up pairing all of that with some of the spookier, more cryptic productions out there making the rounds. What's great about the video for "UnderCover Fan" is that the song is two years old — it hails from the North Carolina MC's 2012 Destiny Altered album — yet sounds as fresh as anything else he's done of late. The clip also doubles as a lookbook for Charlotte clothing brand F4mily Matters. Pull the trigger on that "fully loaded weapon" up top.

  • Beyonce Soundboard Soundboard Watermelon Surfbort

    Flawless: This Beyonce Soundboard Is Called 'Soundboart'

    The Internet has been gifted with a soundboard of clips culled from Beyoncé's excellent self-titled fifth album, and it is called "Soundboardt," of course. Simply having a button that cued the famous "surfbort" vocal from Jay Z team-up "Drunk in Love" would've been enough, but you can also trigger such favorite melodic outbursts as "watermelon," "good good," "I woke up like this," "flawless," and "bow down, bitches."In case you missed it, there was recently: a Kanye West remix of "Drunk in Love"; a French media-fed rumor that Queen Bey was dating President Barack Obama; that badass BRIT Awards performance of "XO"; an entire pun-stuffed Beyoncé-inspired Valentine's Day menu at a fancy restaurant; and, last but hardly least, a seven-minute expanded version of "Drunk in Love" designed for your extended enjoyment. 

  • Nicki Minaj Lil Wayne 'Senile' Tyga Stream Young Money

    Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Tyga Want to Be Remembered on 'Senile'

    Not only is Lil Wayne not dead, he's rapping his ass off on "Senile," a creeping new future-trap banger from the forthcoming Young Money set Rise of an Empire. Heard below c. 2:15, it's one of Weezy's best verses in a long time, and he's in good company. Tyga gets surprisingly weird, deadpanning over the trippy effects, and Nicki Minaj delivers a classic head-down, eyes-up flow that builds off of the strength of her controversial new single "Lookin' Ass."Speaking of the Pink Print MC, she makes an off-brand cameo on "Animales" by Romeo Santos, the Bachata singer who came up with Aventura. He's got a new album on the way, Formula, Vol. 2, and it also features a Spanish-language cameo from Young Money star Drake. Stream Nicki's contribution beneath "Senile." Minor deductions for that lackluster "You can hit it like José Canseco" line. Rise of an Empire is out March 11.

  • The Horrors 'I See You' Stream Luminous Lyric Video

    The Horrors Return With Seven Glistening Minutes on 'I See You'

    English shoegaze-makers the Horrors have at last set a date for their fourth album, and they're marking the occasion with a seven-and-a-half-minute song. They've also got a Tumblr now, but that's not as immediately eye-catching as the lyric video for Luminous cut "I See You." Seen above, the clip shimmers and warbles, playing off of the iridescent cover art (as seen below) while singer Faris Baldwin coos about seeing the future and guitarist Joshua Hayward gives us gushing hits of reverb. Dub, dream-pop, Morrissey, and My Bloody Valentine loom large over the extended jam, which includes a bursting instrumental section. You'll also find a live version below in which Thurston Moore joins in on the wilding.Luminous is out May 5 on XL and will be the Horror's first since 2011's Skying.

  • Soundgarden Superunknown Reissue Rehearsal Stream

    Even Blacker Days: Soundgarden to Drop Superdeluxe 'Superunknown' Box Set

    It seems like it was just yesterday that we were talking to Soundgarden about their first album in 16 years, King Animal, but 2014 will mark the 20th anniversary of the Seattle-born band's beloved Superunknown, and they're ready to look back on all that loud love. On June 3, the album that gave the world "Spoonman" and "Black Hole Sun" (okay, let's not forget "Fell on Black Days") will get a Super Deluxe Edition complete with a remaster, a Blu-Ray Audio 51. Surround Sound version, B-Sides, demos, and rehearsal performances. Hear a practice version of "The Day I Tried to Live" above, right now.But that's only the audio. The insane packaging can be seen below. That's a hardbound book with a lenticular cover, and it includes liner notes by David Fricke, a bunch of photos, and "reimagined" cover art by the band's go-to collaborator Josh Graham.

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