Hip-hop skate decks by Mike Corbett

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By Keith Pettinger in New Art on Wednesday 10 October 2012

Mike Corbett, aka Maccy, is a proper hip-hop don whom I had the pleasure of living with many years back in a (chaotic) share-house in Australia. Whilst his epic t-shirt, tape and toy collections are gold dust in themselves, it’s all about the collectable skateboard decks this time around. Maccy D’s even commissioned one himself from artist Mark Drew, a collection of his favourite album cassettes stacked on top of each other. This collection was recently updated with the Beastie Boys signed one ’5 Boroughs’ deck, done before MCA’s passing.

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Southern-fried hip-hop music by Stranger Day

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By Rebekah Rhoden in New Music on Friday 17 August 2012

Stranger Day’s hip-hop is fun, original, and party-worthy. Stranger Day is the moniker of Shane Coble, a North Carolina native who has a knack for clever and catchy rhymes. Coble stays true to his underground hip-hop roots, and he and his crew Permanent Vacation play parties and gigs at clubs across the state. Stranger Day […]

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Future Soul music by Perth’s Sid Pattni

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By Sid Pattni in New Music on Wednesday 8 August 2012

Sid Pattni hails from one of the most isolated cities in the world: Perth, Australia. It is in this cultural vacum that he has managed to create a sound that is as much soul as it is a personal diary account. His music is rooted in traditional soul music, adding elements of Jazz, South Indian […]

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New music from Melbourne band Polo Club

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By Dylan Truscio in New Music on Tuesday 24 April 2012

Polo Club is my band. We’re from Melbourne. We were originally a two piece, but we have expanded to a four piece over the past 18 months.

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Brazilian artist Raoni Marqs’s portraits of rap icons

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By Mark Round in New Art on Thursday 12 April 2012

As Jay-Z says in his book, Decoded: ‘Hip hop is the only art that I know that’s built on direct confrontation’. Based on that premise, rappers wrote some of the best lines of hip hop just saying ‘how dope they are’. These lines inspired Brazilian illustrator Raoni Marqs to create portraits of some of the most famous, legendary, and controversial figures rap has ever seen.

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Latokyo: a new track by Rialto rap artist AJG

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By Dekka Staxxx in New Music on Tuesday 27 March 2012

AJG is an independent rap artist from Rialto, California, who has been rapping for almost seven years. He directs all his music videos and has recently put out a music video entitled Latokyo, which showcases an independent clothing line of the same name. He has worked with Ace Hood and has opened up for KRS-One. […]

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Seattle Hip Hop duo Shabazz Palaces

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By Jason Dean in New Music on Tuesday 14 February 2012

As a fan of Hip Hop who grew up in the 80s, it’s sometimes difficult to reconcile with what the genre has recently become. Few and far between are the artists who continually attempt to push the art form toward its next iteration. But they do still exist. Most recently, I’ve become enamored with the […]

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Mitchmatic: Why Don’t You Know?

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By Josh Atlas in New Music on Saturday 4 February 2012

Mitchmatic’s Why Don’t You Know? is syrupy sweet Canadian Hip Hop with a beat straight out of a 1940′s education video. Oh, and it sounds like he might be a stalker.

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Mike Jaggerr: Cruise Control (ft. Big K.R.I.T.)

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By Jesca Teale in New Music on Thursday 2 February 2012

Mike Jaggerr. Hip Hop extraordinaire. The name is insanely similar to rock and roll legend, Mick Jagger, which leads to a bit of confusion with new fans. But, just like Mick, once you listen to a sample of Mike Jaggerr’s music, you’ll become an instant fan. His melodies are unique, his voice is alluring, and […]

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Godly MC: Pretty Girl Rock (Remix)

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By Jesca Teale in New Music on Thursday 2 February 2012

Godly MC, a young emcee hailing from the Washington D.C. area, is a witty lyricist, rhyming over well mixed beats. In a world where rap has become so commercialized and shallow, this guy gets back to the roots of true Hip Hop. He gives us his story, his dreams, and even his shortcomings, using clever […]

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Astronautalis: Contrails (featuring Tegan Quin)

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By Zuliandi Azli in New Music on Wednesday 18 January 2012

Astronautalis blends hip hop, talking blues and occasional indie rock synths in his music, which is coupled with lyrics that almost seem poetic. The single, Contrails, is a collaboration with Tegan Quin of Tegan and Sara.

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Stevie Crooks: Gem Star [Razor Ramon Flow]

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By Jamar Nolan in New Music on Friday 13 January 2012

Twitter can be an interesting place. I first heard of Stevie Crooks sometime near the end of 2010 when a couple of dudes I knew were super hyped about this guy from LA rocking out with a ski-mask on his face.

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Ground Zero and the Global Block Collective

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By Gerry Mak in New Music on Thursday 22 December 2011

Man, hip-hop is turning out to be one of the defining genres of the Occupy Movement, as well it should be. This song by Ground Zero and the Global Block Collective is razor sharp.

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Cities Aviv: Die Young

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By Adam Turnbull in New Music on Thursday 8 December 2011

My friend introduced me to Cities Aviv a few months back. His album, Digital Lowes, is free for download and is absolutely amazing. He used to play in a hardcore band, but I listen to a lot of hip hop and this has everything I want in a hip hop album: a little angst, good […]

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New single from Sincere: Ain’t Nobody Like You

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By Sunil Pawar in New Music on Saturday 3 December 2011

The UK has been developing some serious talent in the hip hop/dubstep/grime game for a long while now and it’s always a beautiful thing to see kids who were running the mix CD and club circuit game now getting signed to majors. Production values are getting slicker and tunes are gaining crossover appeal, but still […]

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