Hip Hop

Visions Of Bodies Being Burned (CD)

Clipping. returns with Visions Of Bodies Being Burned, a smart, abrasive descent into musical dystopia. Rapper Daveed Diggs is at his most relentless here, channeling horror movie imagery into the real life horrors of the present day while the rest of the crew provides a heady blend of punk rock, trap, and industrial. Equally head-banging and disconcerting, Clipping. proves once more to be at the top of their game. At first listen, Visions is a brutal fever dream, but listen deeper and you’ll see that Diggs is firmly in control of the darkness at all times.

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Beastie Boys Music (CD)

Following up Spike Jonze's Beastie Boys Story documentary, which was inspired by the Beastie Boys Book by Ad-Rock and Mike D, comes Beastie Boys Music, a 20-song greatest hits collection. The wide-ranging tracklist pulls from Licensed to Ill (1986) and Paul's Boutique (1989) to To The 5 Boroughs (2004) and Hot Sauce Committee Part Two (2011), excluding only their 2007 instrumental album The Mix-Up. One-upping the group's Solid Gold Hits back in 2005, this is the best collection for celebrating everybody's favorite rap/rockers and their considerable legacy.

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Only For Dolphins (CD)

Action Bronson’s Only for Dolphins features clever wordplay, lush production, a take-no-prisoners attitude, and plenty of self-deprecating humor. (Also, lots of dolphins noises!) Sweeping strings add a cinematic quality to “Vega,” laidback grooves give a summer vibe to “Latin Grammys,” Middle Eastern beats add intrigue to “Mongolia.” Retro soul and R&B vibes give the rest of the album a timelessly cool feel, even as Bronson’s jokey asides and stylings inspire the occasional chuckle. If Only for Dolphins is any indication of how they’re vibing underwater, fans will want to jump right in.

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