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15 of the Best Southern Hip Hop Songs of the ’00s

There’s a new trend seeping through pop music, and we’re hoping it will saturate it: early-2000s Southern hip hop is back. Last December saw the release of a little Beyoncé album you might have heard about, where shades of bouncing, twangy Houston rap sneaked around corners in tracks like “Partition” and “***Flawless.” Then in January, OutKast announced their reunion, bringing hope to the hearts of fans (OK, me) that they might return to their “Ms. Jackson” and “So Fresh, So Clean” days. Big Boi, OutKast’s shorter half, teased this hope with his latest single, released yesterday: “GossipZilla” features OutKast’s frequent former contributors, UGK, and Mississippi rapper and producer Big K.R.I.T. … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds In Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we learned a few things we didn’t know about holiday songs. We found out why English writer Alan Moore turned his back on Hollywood. We learned that something beautiful happens when you throw boiling water over a balcony in Russia. We read Popular Mechanics’ 110 predictions for the next 110 years. We watched Big Boi read How the Grinch Stole Christmas. … Read More

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The 10 Albums You Need to Hear in December

December is traditionally a pretty dire month for album releases, and this year is no exception — but still, having said that, there’s enough noteworthy records dropping over the next four weeks to at least make our regular monthly “Albums You Need to Hear” post worth writing. It’s not just box sets and fancy reissues, either! The headline attraction this month is clearly the new Scott Walker record, which stands as one of the most remarkable things anyone’s released in 2012 and also a testament to the danger of starting your end-of-year-lists in November, but we’ve also tracked down a bunch of other releases that will do a fine job of bulking out your Christmas stocking. As ever, do let us know in the comments section what’s on your shopping list this month. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. “Dull Tool,” a new Fiona Apple song that will be featured on the soundtrack for Judd Apatow’s upcoming comedy This Is 40, has leaked online. Give it a listen here. (On a related note, if you missed the heartbreaking handwritten letter Apple posted yesterday that explains why she’s canceling her upcoming South… Read More

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25 Photos of Glamorous Musicians Doing Regular Stuff

From a young Iggy Pop vacuuming his apartment to a costumed Lady Gaga making eggs, here’s a photo roundup of our most endearingly flamboyant musicians doing incongruously domestic… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Apparently Lena Dunham’s literary agency is shopping around a proposal for her first book, and they’re hoping to land her a $1 million dollar deal — at the very least. Tentatively titled Not That Kind of Girl: Advice by Lena Dunham, it will include “candid accounts of losing her virginity, trying to eat well… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. “It was a weird, confusing space to be in, because as angry as I was, as angry and hurt and betrayed, I just felt like he made that mistake because he needed help and who’s going to help him? Nobody’s going to say he needs help. Everybody’s going to say he’s a monster without… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Outkast rapper Big Boi was arrested yesterday in Miami on drug charges after he was “busted by drug-sniffing dogs while getting off a cruise ship.” In his possession? Viagra, ecstasy pills and powdered MDMA, so we’re assuming that he had an active vacation. [via Gawker]

2. “There is so much bullshit going… Read More

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Photo Highlights from NYC’s Governors Ball Music Festival

This Saturday saw the launch of a new summer festival for NYC, with the inaugural Governors Ball bringing a lineup that included Big Boi, Girl Talk, Empire of the Sun, Neon Indian, and Pretty Lights to the increasingly popular offshore destination of Governors Island. With perfect weather blessing the festival grounds, spirits were high for the event, which had revelers dancing, soaking in the sunshine, and moving from stage to stage for continuous sets of fest-friendly hip-hop, indie pop, and electronic music. As many area festival attempts often fall flat due to poor execution, the Governors Ball was a pleasant exception to the rule, leaving us looking forward to its return next year. Check out our collection of photos from the event, revealing the sights and spectacles of the Ball, both onstage and off. … Read More

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Meet NYC’s New Summer Festival: The Governors Ball

For those of you who are still getting over the death of All Points West, here’s some news that might cheer you up: This morning we got a press release about the first-ever Governors Ball Music Festival, “a massive mid-summer dance party of epic proportions” which is set to take place at Governors Island on… Read More

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