Random Midday Hotness: In Which Carlton Goes In.

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Alfonso Ribeiro is going to [...]

Random Late Afternoon Hotness: Sandbox Spit-Game, Crazy.

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You might remember  the adorable Khaliyl Iloyi from his first viral video. Now he’s back with more pre-pre-school #bars. Let it be known:  It’s time for a nap-nap for these other wack rap cats.

[h/t Veronica Miller]

Random Midday Hotness: ‘Cups’ x ‘Monster’

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Nicki Minaj’s filthy verse on Kanye West’s “Monster” — the crazy-ass voicess, the breath control — was the first moment a lot of people started to take her seriously as an MC.

“Cups” was a many-lived ditty that achieved ubiquity after Anna Kendrick covered it in Pitch Perfect and used a plastic cup (and her [...]

Random Midday Hotness: On A Day Like Today.

If the Foreign Exchange is coming to your town, you sorta gotta see them. They are one of the best live shows I’ve seen in years. (Seriously: during the encore, Phonte led the crowd at the Williamsburg Music Hall in a rousing rendition of Mark Morrison’s “Return of the Mack.”) Somehow I missed them [...]

Random Midday Hotness: Get Up, Get Down.

I didn’t know much about the pair that makes up Sylvan Esso, or their work with their other bands before they teamed up for this collaboration. But “Coffee”, is one of those songs that makes you look up from what you’re doing, pull up the Shazam on your phone.

UPDATE: The great Ben [...]

Random Midday Hotness: Inner City Travelin’ Man.

 

Amerigo Gazaway’s gimmick, and it’s a brilliant one, is crafting collabos between musicians that never actually happened. He’s the dude behind the excellent Tribe Called Quest/Pharcyde mashup, Bizarre Tribe To the Pharcyde and the dope De La Soul and Fela Kuti blend, Fela Soul. His latest is Yasiin Gaye, a mix that blends classic [...]

The Life of Jordan Davis.

Here’s Ta-Nehisi on Jordan Davis’ shooting, and his killer escaping punishment — for now at least:

I wish I had something more to say about the fact that Michael Dunn was not convicted for killing a black boy. Except I said it after George Zimmerman was not convicted of killing a black [...]

Random Midday Hotness: Live From The Laundromat.

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Open Mike Eagle & Alwayz Prolific I The Show Up from Beats,Frames & Life on Vimeo.

This jawn from Open Mike Eagle — who I’m ashamed to say I’ve never heard of before this — is full of clever, for-the-fuck-of-it flourishes.

I’m far too young to lead/and way too old [...]