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Fat Tony

Once upon a time, virtually every rap album only had one producer. In the ’80s and early ’90s, rappers and producers typically found one another, and then they bunkered up and went to work. The current landscape of emailed beat packs and albums constructed to check certain boxes isn’t necessarily the natural order. That’s a big part of the reason why the recent boom in single-producer rap albums has been so great. In the best of those albums, rappers and producers lock in on an aesthetic and then explore that vibe. (Some producers are better at developing that vibe than others. It’s not exactly a surprise that Haram and Bo Jackson, two of 2021’s best album, both share the same producer.) Too often, though, rapper/producer collaborations can feel a bit like idle wheel-spinning experiments — exercises to fill time. I was afraid that Wiki and Navy Blue’s new album would turn out like this. I shouldn’t have worried.

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Mylkweed

Houston rapper Fat Tony has a long history of making sharp and thoughtful music, and he remains an underrated force. Last year, Tony released his narrative-heavy album Exotica. Today, while gearing up for a tour with recent Polaris Prize winner Cadence Weapon, Tony has followed that album with a new single called “Ain’t For Me.”

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I don’t always keep up with the recorded output of Houston rapper Fat Tony, but whenever I do, I’m like, “Why don’t I keep closer tabs on Fat Tony?” Dude has been kicking out smart, funny, emotionally resonant hip-hop for the better part of a decade, and that’s set to continue with next month’s album…

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D.A. Stern is a longtime NYC producer and engineer now based in LA. He’s got a fun project called Mmxxtape dropping next week, an EP full of covers (two by “Weird” Al Yankovic and one by Frank and Nancy Sinatra) and collaborations with the likes of Vampire Weekend’s Chris Tomson (aka Dams Of The West),…

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Today is, randomly, a huge day for Blink-182. The pop-punk veterans released their own new single “Quarantine,” and Christian Lee Hutson included their 1999 track “Going Away To College” on his new covers EP. And here’s the real motherlode: a whole bunch of indie, punk, and emo acts have join forces to pay tribute to…

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