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Kenny Beats

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I don’t know where the Bop It ranks on the list of the worst things ever created by man, but it is, at the very least, on that list. If you don’t know, the Bop It is a plastic toy that yells out instructions to you, a reflex-test Simon Says thing. If you’re playing it,…

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A few months ago, Smino, the melodic and quick-tongued Chicago-via-St. Louis rapper, came out with his Already Decided mixtape. Today, he’s followed up that mixtape by packing a whole lot of exciting young starpower onto one single. On the new song “Baguetti,” Smino teams up with his fast-rapping Atlanta peer J.I.D and with the producer…

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The Benee x Kenny connection! “Night Garden” is the new single from Benee, the stylish and talented young New Zealand pop singer who has been enjoying TikTok-fueled breakout success with her Gus Dapperton duet “Supalonely.” It features hard-hitting yet surprisingly low-key production from LA sonic marauder Kenny Beats and a “demon time”-referencing guest verse from…

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The feral hardcore rippers Trash Talk, the band that’s put on some of the wildest live shows I’ve ever seen, have just made their big return. Squalor, Trash Talk’s new EP, is their first new music since they dropped the free-download EP Tangle in 2016. And this time around, the band worked with an unexpected…

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In 2018, IDLES released their sophomore album Joy As An Act Of Resistance. It quickly became one of the most intensely beloved works from a young rock band in recent memory, and anticipation was high for whatever would arrive next. Back in March, they shared a new song called “Mr. Motivator,” and hinted at a […]

Kenny Beats has made a name for himself by injecting intense aggression into songs by artists like Vince Staples, Freddie Gibbs, Rico Nasty, Denzel Curry, and, most recently, Slowthai. He’s started branching more outside of rap music: He worked on the new IDLES album and he recently collaborated with the Seattle singer Deb Never. Today, […]

Over the week, English rascal rapper Slowtahai released a new song, “ENEMY,” his first new material since last year’s breakout debut album Nothing Great About Britain. The song references Slowthai’s outburst at at the NME Awards earlier this year and sampled a remark by the 1975’s Matty Healy. Slowthai is wasting no time following it […]

For those of us lucky enough to write about music for a living, it’s a real temptation to begin every review with in a time of pandemic, blah blah blah. It’s trite, but it’s real. Most of us haven’t dealt with this level of isolation once in our lives, and the prickly restlessness, the stretches […]