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“Very Artistical” is a blog that features the cool and complicated stuff in progressive culture. We’ll touch on music, art, photography, film, books, and even how race
is often laying in the cut, informing most of it all. Lots to discuss. Share your thoughts in the comments section.

LISTEN: Kendrick Lamar Feat. Dr. Dre, "The Recipe"

LISTEN: Kendrick Lamar Feat. Dr. Dre, “The Recipe”

On "The Recipe," Kendrick Lamar connects with Dr. Dre on this tune from the young stunner's forthcoming album, 'Good Kid in a Mad City.'
MUST-SEE: 'Keith Haring: 1978—1982’ — Brooklyn Museum Exhibit

MUST-SEE: ‘Keith Haring: 1978—1982’ — Brooklyn Museum Exhibit

Opening March 16 at the Brooklyn Museum, 'Keith Haring: 1978–1982' is the "first large-scale exhibition to explore the early career of one of the best-known American artists of the 20th century."
WATCH: Lianne La Havas, "Lost & Found" — New Video

WATCH: Lianne La Havas, “Lost & Found” — New Video

Lianne La Havas released a great new video for "Lost & Found," directed by Colin Solal Cardo. She's performing at NYC's Mercury Lounge on Tuesday. Who's going?
LISTEN: Taz Arnold (TI$A), 'Rad America' — Free Album Stream & Download

LISTEN: Taz Arnold (TI$A), ‘Rad America’ — Free Album Stream & Download

Instead of waiting to drop his new album, rAd AmericA, beat conductor and style maven Taz Arnold posted it on his Soundcloud page for free download or stream.
WATCH: Danny Brown, "Radio Song" — New Video

WATCH: Danny Brown, “Radio Song” — New Video

Danny Brown's new video for "Radio Song" from last year's crazy banger LP, XXX, is one big F-U to the hip-hop conformists and the label execs who sign them.
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Bunny Wailer, Reggae Great, in GQ Magazine

Bunny Wailer, Reggae Great, in GQ Magazine

It reads like a musical travelogue—recollections of classic songs and vivid personalities weaved throughout an incredible narrative. You just can't put it down.
WATCH: Kanye West — "Monster" Video

WATCH: Kanye West — “Monster” Video

In his recently dropped "Monster" video, Yeezy gets especially dark with the visuals. Yet this can't be the video's final version. Can it? It looks rather incomplete.
jj, Swedish Duo, Drops Kills (Free Mixtape)

jj, Swedish Duo, Drops Kills (Free Mixtape)

On their new FREE mixtape, the electro-pop duo jj look to hip-hop tracks for inspiration. Call it jacking for beats, Swedish style.
Teena Marie, Soul Diva, Dies at 54

Teena Marie, Soul Diva, Dies at 54

Lady Tee, R.I.P. We shared the same birthday (March 5). You will be missed but your ballad-funk will always stay with us.
Black Santa, "Christmas in Hollis" — Holiday Favorites

Black Santa, “Christmas in Hollis” — Holiday Favorites

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a safe and blessed holiday season. 2011 is right around the corner. Let's go!
WATCH: Chrisette Michele's Top 5 Break-Up Songs

WATCH: Chrisette Michele’s Top 5 Break-Up Songs

Like any good R&B singer, this LI-native knows how to sing about love's many peaks and valleys. Here she counts down her favorite achy-breaky songs of all time.
Jean-Michel Basquiat Birthday Gallery

Jean-Michel Basquiat Birthday Gallery

He would've been 50 today. Two decades after his untimely death, Jean-Michel Basquiat is still admired by new generations who love his abstract paintings.
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