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#SOTD: Pusha T – “The Story of Adidon”

If I’ve learned anything about beefing with Drake, it’s that you have to be prepared for the long haul. Drake doesn’t just throw a few bars at you and calls it a day, he methodically hits you with a cluster of rhyming jabs here and there, followed by a social media haymaker escalating the beef into previously uncharted territory. Drake […]

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#SOTD: Childish Gambino – “Freaks and Geeks”

In 2009, we were formally introduced to Donald Glover via his character, Troy Barnes, on the late, great TV series Community. Although he had already received an Emmy for being a part of the 30 Rock writing team his work on Community catapulted him to stardom. Taking the pseudonym bequeathed to him by the online Wu Tang Clan name generator, […]

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#SOTD – Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Y Control”

I caught a glimpse of Yeah Yeah Yeahs playing Stubbs in Austin in the fall semester of 2006 from the top of a hill that would later be an overpriced apartment building. While my near-sightedness barred me from seeing Karen O’s face, the fractals of light that shined and the reverb from the sound system was all I needed to […]

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#SOTD – Selena – “Fotos Y Recuerdos”

If you grew up in the South Texas in the early to mid 90s, it was against the law to not know of Selena Quintanilla. Before the her Grammy win, before her Jennifer Lopez-starring biopic, and before there was a frenzy at local grocery chain HEB over reusable shopping bags with her face on them, Selena was an icon in […]

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#SOTD – Audio Karate – “Nintendo 89”

I was fortunate enough to grow up in the time of Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez. Unbeknownst to 5-year-old me, Latino representation in movies was hard to come by in the early ‘90s. The Sandlot character was one of my first favorite movie characters, and until recently I had no idea how important he was to my cultural identity. The band […]

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#SOTD – Pixies – “Where is My Mind?”

I was informally introduced to the Pixies via David Fincher’s 1999 movie adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s satire of toxic masculinity Fight Club. The movie ends with our unnamed protagonist, bullet wound through his cheek, hand-in-hand with the object of his affection, watching several buildings collapse demolition-style. The bass-snare pattern intro of the Pixies song “Where is My Mind?” plays over […]

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#SOTD: Danny Brown – “Grown Up”

Ever since his debut album, The Hybrid, hit record shelves in 2010, Danny Brown has cultivated one of the most unique voices in contemporary hip-hop. March 16 marked the 37th birthday for the Detroit MC and we’re (belatedly) commemorating the occasion by making his 2012 single, “Grown Up,” the SOTD available on Apple Music and Spotify or check out the […]

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#SOTD – The Breeders – “Cannonball”

A plethora of female-fronted bands have invaded the indie rock circuit recently. Bands like Best Coast, Cherry Glazerr, and Charly Bliss have been making waves in what feels reminiscent of the early to mid-90s when bands like Hole, Sleater-Kinney and The Breeders were all over college radio. The Breeders consisted of musicians from different bands, most notably Kim Deal, bassist […]

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#SOTD: Sales – “Chinese New Year”

Years from now, it would be remiss of historians to talk about the 2010s without mentioning the significance of Vine. While the app was short-lived, it was a beacon of the times. Some capitalized on the app, using it to jumpstart their careers – whether it was becoming a writer for one of the best shows on television or signing […]

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#SOTD: J Dilla – “Last Donut of the Night”

The first time I ever heard somebody reference J Dilla was the night of Christmas 2006. I was a freshman in college and an aunt bought me Game Theory by The Roots. I immediately became obsessed with the album and the name Dilla became ingrained in my mind, especially with the closing track “Can’t Stop This,” which served as a […]

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#SOTD: 20th Anniversary of ODB Interrupting the Grammys – El Michels Affair – “Shimmy Shimmy Ya”

New York City is set to host the 60th Annual Grammy Awards this Sunday. This will mark the first time in 15 years that the ceremony is not hosted in Los Angeles. More importantly, this year’s Grammys will also mark the 20th Anniversary of Ol’ Dirty Bastard rushing the stage to declare “Wu Tang is for the Children.” In commemoration […]

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#SOTD: The Cranberries – “Dreams”

It has been reported that The Cranberries frontwoman Dolores O’Riordan died Monday at the age of 46. There is a common fixture amongst those who have had near-death experiences in which they describe seeing the light and how this light is a spectacle of both mystery and tranquility. Seeing the light, in essence, is a sensation of “I don’t know […]

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#SOTD: Lemuria – “Christine Perfect”

While most music blogs and magazines were putting the final touches on their year-end best of 2017 lists, Lemuria sneakily streamed out the release of their fourth LP Recreational Hate. For those not familiar with the indie rock trio, this album is a great introduction to a band whose sound has evolved immensely over the past decade. This is evident […]