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UNCUT | Tyler, the Creator Appropriates White Power Symbol for Gay Pride Tee

BY WILL LAMPEY

via Entertainment Weekly

Taking a page out of his good friend Kanye West’s book, Tyler the Creator has decided to alter the meaning of a negative symbol (similar to the use of the confederate flag in Yeezus merch). For a tee shirt in his Spring/Summer collection of his clothing brand Golf Wang, Tyler dresses the white power symbol in rainbow colors and surrounds it with the phrase “Golf Pride World Wide”.

Tyler also penned an open letter to subscribers of his GOLF Media app in order to explain the meaning and creation of the shirt. He says that he wants fans to know what they are purchasing.

Many are anticipating a reaction -if there will be one- from GLAAD. The anti-defamation organization has previously spoken out against Tyler, specifically when he won the MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist in 2011. On their official blog, Tyler was berated and painted as a homophobe for his use of slurs, though he had repeatedly explained that his intentions were not to hurt LGBT people when he used them. A quote from GLAAD’s Senior Director of Programs said that “given Tyler’s history of such remarks, viewers and potential sponsors should refrain from honoring homophobia and in the future look to a more deserving artist.” In other words, he didn’t deserve the award in their eyes. GLAAD blog writer Matt Kane also suggested that Tyler should have never been nominated- not because of the quality of his video, but because of his language.

This ordeal of miscommunication and finger pointing brings a much bigger question to the table: Should artists be questioned and accused for their art? And where is the line drawn between hate speech and free speech? Or better yet, sensationalism vs. combating prejudice in the media. In a 2013 interview at a New York radio station, Kanye West made a comment that “black people don’t have the same level of connections as Jewish people. Black people don’t have the same connections as oil people.” Is that a generalization? Yes. But according to the Anti-Defamation League, this was “classic anti-Semitism”. Though it may not have been the best thing to say, it’s definitley not anti-semitism, which is defined as a “hatred of Jewish people” by Merriam-Webster. The statement from the ADL seems less like a group standing up against hatred and more like nitpicking in order to continue the bad guy trope that keeps websites like TMZ in business.

Read Tyler’s letter below and check out the rest of his Golf Wang collection here.

via Noisey

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Watch Dee Dot Jones’ New Video for “Racing Fluid”

BY WILL LAMPEY

Bay Area MC Dee Dot Jones is entering a new era in his career, and to celebrate the transition, he’s released his campiest video yet along with uncomfortable (in the way that you can’t stop looking at it) artwork for a heavy 2 minute bumrush entitled “Racing Fluid”. The artwork’s style references the cover for his last project Forever Forward, which featured collaborations with Chynna producer Cloud Atrium. He also cleverly reveals the release date for his debut album in the video (it’s June 20th if you can’t catch it).

Stream the track and watch the video for it below.

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Stream Z-Wells’ New “Galore EP”

BY WILL LAMPEY

The weekend must have come early. Today, Texas based teenage rapper Z-Wells has released his new EP entitled Galore, with songs exploring that ratchet lifestyle (laaafff stooowwww) that you just can’t ignore. The project is entirely produced by Sour 7 and each track features separate artwork by the talented SWCovers and Alias. Stream the project below.

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Father and his Awful Records Collective Releases 15 New Songs

BY WILL LAMPLEY

Courtesy of The Fader

Another day, another series of blessings on my SoundCloud feed. This afternoon, while sifting through the soulful Kendrick Lamar demo of Kanye West’s “All Day”, and whatever Spooky Black is co-signing these days, I noticed there were new tracks being released by Abra, Micah Freeman and Father. A few clicks later, I realized that today is an unoffical holiday, but not 4/20. It’s #AwfulHoliday, and in celebration, Awful Records has released an album’s worth of songs for free, as well as a video and some more of that pure, unfiltered debauchery that Father’s followers just can’t get enough of. Aside from this, Father’s new track with KeithCharles SpaceBar features artwork that hasn’t caught my attention and made me this uncomfortable since when I first saw the deluxe cover of Tyler, the Creator’s XL album Goblin in 2011. Even though it’s just a close-up of an Instagram flick of a security cam.

Listen to the new songs and watch the video below.

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Listen to a Tyler The Creator Bonus Track, “Yellow”

BY WILL LAMPLEY

Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration
Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration

After initially having a physical release date of April 28th, Tyler, the Creator’s new album Cherry Bomb has already started to hit stores across the United States. Tacked onto the end of the album is a new Kali Uchis assisted ballad-with guitar solo and all. The love song references the synesthesia that Tyler shares with buddies Pharrell and Kanye West .

Listen to bonus cut below

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Listen to Hurt Everybody’s “I Know Where the Light Goes” EP

BY WILL LAMPLEY

via FakeShoreDrive

Chicago trio Hurt Everybody may be the hardest working collective in music (or at least on my Soundcloud home page). Supa Bwe, Mulatto Beats and Carl have a water-like flow of output, and it’s not by any mistake or coincidence. Last month, Supa made a vow to stop being slept on, even if he had to release new music daily. Since that tweet, he’s dropped countless loose tracks, done a handful of features and traveled to SXSW.

Tonight he and his musical accomplices have released a hazy and (as always) ambitious new project titled I Know Where The Light Goes, premiering on FakeShoreDrive. Another testament to Hurt’s work ethic, the project was recorded in just three days. The six-track EP is described as a “manifestation of [Hurt Everybody’s] fascination with light & all of it’s mysteries.” It should also be noted that the production was handled by Mulatto, as well as Green Slime, Zen Zan and others.

Listen to the project below.

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Interview: Tae Miles (Cleveland’s Best Kept Secret)

BY WILL LAMPLEY

Very rarely does one listen to music from a local artist and end up being left surprised, enlightened and entertained. The surplus of Twitter rappers have created a cesspool in many a user’s mentions, and the idea of using social media to promote yourself to everyone within your reach has become less of a great tactic and more of a caricature. Cleveland rapper/singer/producer Tae Miles is only a few miles away from me, and I found his music through Twitter. After listening to him, I became entranced. He was one of the new guys that employed the Bone Thug cadence and delivery, but instead of biting it and letting St. Clair Avenue (a famous Cleveland street that Tae mentions on his latest single ‘Forfeit’) drip from his teeth, he transformed it into his own style, along with his other influences. He bleeds creative energy, charisma and humor in interviews. He has big aspirations and a clear vision, and he’s determined.

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Kanye Just Debuted A New Song Featuring Vic Mensa & Sia

BY WILL LAMPLEY

Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration
Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration

Kanye West may very well be one of the least predictable artists of his generation. When you think he’s gone punk, he collaborates with pop princess Rihanna and legend Paul McCartney. When you think he’s finally won over the media, he gets in trouble from an post-awards show. So these instances might explain why during his NYFW show, Kanye premiered a brand new song titled ‘Wolves’, the first track from his album-featuring Chicago rapper/singer, the super creative Vic Mensa, as well as ‘Chandelier’ singer Sia. The record takes a much darker turn from his previous singles ‘Only One’ and ‘FourFiveSeconds’ and rather than including wildly successful established and iconic artists like Ms. Fenty and The Beatles frontman, it features two lesser known but up-and-coming and diversely talented artists. The track was produced by Cashmere Cat, along with Sinjin Hawke.

You can listen to the song and watch the accompanying visuals from the show below.

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Kendrick Lamar Releases New Boi-1da Produced Track, “The Blacker The Berry”

BY WILL LAMPLEY

Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration
Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration

One day after winning two Grammys for his debut single ‘i’, from his forthcoming second studio album, Kendrick Lamar is back with a new fiery record. Over a gritty Boi-1da beat, he spits three vicious verses, addressing his own hypocrisy,  culture vultures, and the death of Trayvon Martin. He also shares the hook with Jamaican dancehall artist Assassin (you may recognize him from Kanye West’s 2013 album Yeezus). After the third verse, the record shifts into a smooth jazz melody crafted by frequent TDE collaborator Terrace Martin, along with what appears to be James Fauntleroy and a female vocalist. Kendrick’s next move sonically for his upcoming album is still unknown, but he’s now proven that he’s still musically ambitious and fearless on the mic, so the results should be fantastic.

Listen below.

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