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New Music. | “You Should Know” | Rapsody Ft. Busta Rhymes.

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[dropcap]S[/dropcap]o many adjectives. Rapsody is raw. Rapsody is an MC. Rapsody is Hip-Hop. Recently, the North Carolina narrator dropped her anticipated endeavor,  Laila’s Wisdom.  Named for her Big Mama — from whom she learned many valuable lessons — the album serves as an effort in excellence. It demonstrates that an  innate essence will always trump a fleeting notoriety. From amorous to angst, …

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New Music. | “Living A Lie” | Lachi Ft. Styles P.

In Audiorotic by Niki Gatewood

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]nvested in empowerment, Lachi, sings her truth. The self-reliant, singer/songwriter personifies progress. Her talent has compelled several record labels to distribute her music. Esteemed outlets like Oprah Radio and PBS Radio have lauded Lachi’s inherent artistry. Whether it’s EDM, Pop, Dubstep, or Dance this New York City-based chanteuse is known to deliver.  The latest single, “Living A Lie,” showcases a tremendously tender …

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Music Video. | “Black Coffee and Cigarettes” | Michael P Cullen |&| The Soul Searchers.

In Audiorotic by Niki Gatewood

[dropcap]E[/dropcap]xpression, an additional appendage for Michael P Cullen, is demonstrated through his art. Outfitted with the Soul Searchers, the Aussie artist is submerged in sound; he’s living the dream.   Live at Lazybones,  the most recent EP added to the collective’s creative canon, dropped back in July. With “Black Coffee and Cigarettes” banal retrospect tortures a beautifully morose Michael. Restrained percussion, pained keys, …

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New Music. | “Bipolar” | Dave East X V Don.

In Audiorotic by Niki Gatewood

[dropcap]P[/dropcap]ushing waxed pictures, V Don, makes words become movies; he scores tracks.  “Bipolar,” the recent collab which features the verbal dexterity of Dave East is menacing. Art amplified by an amalgamation of action, “Bipolar,” fuses stripped keys with an emphatic drum. It reverberates against ostentatious and harrowing sixteens. Dave East is diligent. The Harlem native recently dropped this unattached single, “Bipolar.” …

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Secret Dungeon. | Stamina.

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[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t is entirely fitting that the current show exhibiting in the Bushwick space called Secret Dungeon is titled STAMINA. This two-woman show, curated by Alexandra Fanning, brings together two female artists from differing backgrounds exploring the universal psychological, social, and cultural ways of viewing and valuing the labor of women’s work. Thai-Australian performance artist Kawita Vatanajyankur, presents candy-colored films featuring …

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CALIFORNIA LOCOS. | SOCAL ORIGINALS – MASTERS OF STYLE.

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Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA –”a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles”– opens this evening at the Getty Museum. Quiet Lunch, however, will be hangin’  with some of the most notorious LA artists in that city’s Chinatown for this evening’s opening of CALIFORNIA LOCOS: SOCAL ORIGINALS – MASTERS OF STYLE at Eastern …

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Music Video. | “Deep Thoughts” | The Peanut Gallery.

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[dropcap]F[/dropcap]rom Party of 5IVE to their present duo of, The Peanut Gallery, Orlando and Flee Jones remain determined. The New Jersey natives have tasked themselves to accentuate Hip-Hop’s authenticity. The duo’s creative collision will soon be displayed in their debut album, Tales From The Basement.  The leadoff single, “Deep Thoughts,” showcases Orlando’s unorthodox artistry. For more from The Peanut Gallery stay tuned. …

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Music Video. | “Good Ol’ Music” | Jay Hunna.

In Audiorotic by Niki Gatewood

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]nfluenced by Golden lyricism, Jesse “Jay Hunna” Bland, turns to his pen for cathartic release. A child of Chicago, he has lived the have-not existence. Following the 2015, unprovoked death of his cousin, Sandra Bland, music was one of the things which helped to assuage his restless soul. On September 8, his debut album, Better Days  was released. The “Good Ol’ Music” visual displays …

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Summer of Art. | Your Top 5 Features of Summer 2017.

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[dropcap]N[/dropcap]ot matter how much we complain about the heat, we always get a little misty eyed when the summer leaves. Although we have a new, more active, art season to look forward to, we can’t deny that the summer has had its moments. As the fall season looms, Quiet Lunch takes a look back at some our most memorable summer posts. Quiet …

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Music Video. | “Monster” | Datsik X 1000volts (Redman & Jayceeoh).

In Audiorotic by Niki Gatewood

[dropcap]H[/dropcap]ip-Hop is ever-evolving.  Redman demonstrates its progression. While wielding voraciously lyrical sixteens, he along with respected turntablist, JAYCEEOH, melt wax. Together, they are 1000volts.  “Monster,” the dubstep mingling of Firepower Records labelmates, 1000volts and Datsik, melds frenetic energy with simplistic storytelling. It’s electric!   Niki GatewoodI write.

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Music Video. | “MaNyfaCedGod” | Jay Z Ft. James Blake.

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[dropcap]P[/dropcap]ersonified artistry is Lupita Nyong’o. The Francesco Carrozzini-directed, “MaNyfaCedGod” visual, is heightened by the harmonies of  James Blake. Measured movements become lyrical expression.  An effortless pen chronicles the emotional evolution of the 13- time platinum MC. Damned good job, Jay Z; thanks for 4:44.   Niki GatewoodI write.

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Music Video. | “On My Mind” | Jorja Smith X Preditah.

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Photo Credit: Emma Swann [dropcap]M[/dropcap]agic is real.  Jorja Smith possesses an incredibly contemporary voice that nudges at a ’90’s nostalgia . Project 11, her introductory EP further proves this point. With “On My Mind,” an incredible assist from production virtuoso, Preditah, succinctly pushes the track to the sublime. You’re welcome.   Niki GatewoodI write.

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Music Video. | “Meditation” | GoldLink Ft. Jazmine Sullivan, KAYTRANADA.

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[dropcap]A[/dropcap]ll gold everything! Can it be?  GoldLink continues to prove that Hip-Hop is alive and well.  Teaming up with the vocal savant, Jazmine Sullivan, and the sonically enigmatic, KAYTRANADA, the trio came together and created the refreshing, “Meditation.” GoldLink challenges his competitors. The visual captures a compelling night where lust challenges life. Recently, his debut studio album, At What Cost, has earned a …

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Top Five: “Tipsy.” | Black Shadow’s Troyton Rami X Rupee.

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[dropcap]M[/dropcap]usic is the universal language in which both Troyton Rami and Rupee are fluent. Throughout their respective careers, these two students of sound have attained a plethora of accolades. Earlier this year, Rami — half of Black Shadow,  the Grammy award-winning production duo — teamed up with the esteemed Rupee to create the summer smash, “Tipsy.”  To emphasize their creative dexterity, the single’s welcomed …