Genius Moment

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Adult Swim’s Black Dynamite — an animated adaptation of the 2009 film of the same name — is capping off its second season with a special musical episode packed with powerful racial commentary and a star-studded cast. Titled “The Wizard of Watts,” the season finale is set in the Magical Land of Oz-Watts, where its army of oppressive pigs finally become defeated through the melting powers of good old fashioned camcorders.

The primary villain in the Magical Land of Oz-Watts, where the story takes place, is a vicious pig clad in riot gear. Water does not neutralize this Oz villain; instead this baddie gets melted with a camcorder. “Oh, no! Not an irrefutable visual record of my illegal actions!” the anthropomorphized pig wails as he turns to mush at the musical’s climax. (via New York Times)

The episode was actually conceived two years ago, but feels all the more timely given the tragic events that took place in Ferguson and Staten Island last year. Tyler, The Creator, Chance The Rapper and Erykah Badu all lend their voices to the musical special, which airs on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim tomorrow night (January 10).

Watch the trailer below…


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El-P and Killer Mike haven’t even dropped Run The Jewels 2 yet, and already they’re about to start on a hilarious reworked version of the album featuring nothing but cat sounds (you read that right). The idea, dubbed Meow The Jewels, was floated by the duo as a joke a few months ago, until one fan launched a Kickstarter to fund the project. Always up for a laugh, El-P and Killer Mike agreed to the album if the Kickstarter reached $45,100 — and lo and behold, it smashed that target this week by over $10,000. The pair plan to donate all the additional profits to the families of Eric Garner and Mike Brown.

Aside from a “shit load of cats,” Meow The Jewels will also feature contributions from a star-studded cast including Just Blaze, The Alchemist, Dan the Automator, Baauer, Prince Paul, Skywlkr, BOOTS, Geoff Barrow, Zola Jesus, Nick Rook and Solidified Sun. No word on when the album will be cozying up on shelves, but you can pick up the meow-less version of Run The Jewels 2 on October 28.

Watch the album trailer and first “catsting” session (lulz) below…


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Miss Info: Sure we’ve had some great music drops and some unfortunate hip hop romance revelations today…but above all, this is my favorite thing on the internet today. It’s wholly un-rap-related, but if you are an actual human being and not a bot…you’ll also melt into a puddle of feels like I just did.
KLM Airlines has hired a beagle named Sherlock to act as their instant lost-and-found delivery system. After a plane has un-boarded (de-boarded?), the KLM stewardesses check for any forgotten items, and when they find them…they call Sherlock, who takes the item in his KLM utility vest, runs through the airport, and scent-tracks the rightful owner.
Agggh! It’s so adorable I can’t even handle it!

Watch and explode after the jump

the rap test

Consider yourself a hip-hop head? Well, the time has come for you to finally prove it. The brainchild of 21-year-old Danny Friday, The Rap Test lets you flex your knowledge of some of the greatest MCs’ catalogs, including Jay Z, Kanye West, Eminem, Drake and Kendrick Lamar. The game is simple: listen to snippets of songs and correctly name the title before the time runs out. The quicker you answer, the more points you score, and the more points you score, the more levels you advance. However, even the most die-hard stans will be stumbling at the later stages.

Take The Rap Test here, and prepare to procrastinate the night away. Jansport backpack optional.

UPDATE: To commemorate what would have been 2Pac’s 43rd birthday, Danny has updated The Rap Test with The Pac Test, which also features an interactive map of all his classic songs and videos. Check it out here.

[h/t The FADER]

Play Future’s “Move That Doh” Video Game
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Like any other famous musician, Drake’s life story is well documented. Hell, his avid haters have probably done as much research as his die-hard fans. But how well do you really know Aubrey Drake Graham’s journey from the bottom? The brainchild of digital agency Pilot Interactive, now lets you take a virtual trip down Drizzy’s memory lane in beautifully animated HTML5 glory.

From his parents’ divorce to being casted in Degrassi: The Next Generation to his first mixtape, Room For Improvement, to the present day as a platinum-selling, world-touring, lint-rolling rap icon, the site covers just about everything. This is a must for any Drake fan (or hater, for that matter). Start from the bottom here.


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Think you have to be an (ex)dope boy like Pusha T to enjoy “Move That Dope“? Not anymore thanks to Future’s very own “Move That Doh” video game. Based on the storyline in the song’s video, your job is to collect the cash, chop the work like karate and move that dope in the hood, all while avoiding the feds. Do good and you’ll earn money, power and respect (or just a place on the leaderboard).

Play “Move That Doh” after the jump…



Following their interview on Hot 97 last week, Rick Ross and Angie Martinez went head-to-head in the code-breaking game of Mastermind. With Rozay’s new album carrying the same title, the two battle to see who the really is a true mastermind.

Released one day early, Rick Ross’ new album is available now on iTunes.

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From Instagram honeys hashtagging their morning selfies with #WokeUpLikeDis to “serfbort!” becoming a ritual-like chant in the club, Beyoncé’s new album has provided Generation Y with more quotables than 95% of Tumblr. Luckily for us, one genius fan decided to compile all the best moments from Bey’s album into a soundboard — or Soundboardt — for you to spend your next 30 minutes (at least) attempting to create the greatest Beyoncé hook of all time. Or something like that. Procrastination awaits you here.

via The FADER

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Yung Lenox (which has to be the coolest non-rapper rap name ever) will impress you for two reasons: a) he’s seven-years-old and is really effing good at art; b) he draws classic hip-hop album covers and portraits and clearly has better taste than any seven-year-old alive. The child prodigy and self-proclaimed “Lego enthusiast” has been making noise for a few months now, even hosting his very own art show, “Parental Advisory,” at Seattle’s Alive & Well last August. But if, like us, you’re new to Lenox’s talents, peruse some of his incredible pieces below and prepare to be wowed.

You can also purchase some of Yung Lenox’s prints over on his online store.

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Even after adding to his Grammy collection this past Sunday, it’s nice to see Pharrell doesn’t take himself too seriously. Joining the entire Internet (including a sandwich chain) in poking fun at his Vivienne Westwood hat, Skateboard P’s iamOTHER company has reworked part of his viral “Happy” video to feature his Arby’s/Smokey the Bear/Canadian Mountain Police headpiece. The result? “Hatty.”

Watch after the jump…


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