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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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Robert Glasper On New CD 'Black Radio': "I have no choice but to blend things"

Robert Glasper On New CD ‘Black Radio': “I have no choice but to blend things”

'Black Radio,' Robert Glasper Experiment's new CD, is proof that Glasper has his feet in two worlds. He loves so-called "pure" jazz and he's a hip-hop head who's got Yasiin Bey, Bilal, and Lupe Fiasco on speed-dial.
JR's "The Wrinkles Of The City" Project Continues In Los Angeles

JR’s “The Wrinkles Of The City” Project Continues In Los Angeles

JR is currently hitting Los Angeles, pasting his massive photographs around the city as part of "The Wrinkles of the City" project that he began last year.
Santigold Reveals New Album Cover With Art By Kehinde Wiley

Santigold Reveals New Album Cover With Art By Kehinde Wiley

Santigold's new album cover features Kehinde Wiley art and the singer in various get-ups—from b-girl equestrian to dead-eye Don to twin ride-or-die glamazons.
WATCH: Death Grips, "Get Got" — New Video

WATCH: Death Grips, “Get Got” — New Video

With a new video and two albums in line, Death Grips, the Sacramento-based avant hip-hop/punk trio, is ready to smack you with a major label sonic assault.
WATCH: Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def), "N*ggas In Poorest" — Video, Lyrics

WATCH: Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def), “N*ggas In Poorest” — Video, Lyrics

As part of his forthcoming Top 40 Underdogs project, Bey has released a video for "N*ggas In Poorest," his revamped version of Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Niggas In Paris" single from their Watch the Throne CD.
LISTEN: Michael Kiwanuka, "Lasan" Feat. The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach

LISTEN: Michael Kiwanuka, “Lasan” Feat. The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach

Michael Kiwanuka has one of those voices that just sounds overstuffed with old-soul emotion. His collaboration with Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys is a natural fit.
WATCH: Jay-Z & Kanye West, "N*ggas In Paris" — Official And Graffiti-Laced Videos

WATCH: Jay-Z & Kanye West, “N*ggas In Paris” — Official And Graffiti-Laced Videos

One video is a trippy, kaleidoscopic ride featuring Jay-Z and Kanye West in concert. The other clip stars hoodied vandals truly going guerrillas...tagging up Paris. Which one do you like better?
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