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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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WATCH: Pharoahe Monch, "Still Standing" feat. Jill Scott — New Video

WATCH: Pharoahe Monch, “Still Standing” feat. Jill Scott — New Video

In the video for "Still Standing," the Pharoahe Monch looks inward at his struggles with a potentially life-threatening condition—asthma. Jill Scott co-stars. Terence Nance directs.
Bullet Portraits Of 2Pac, JFK & Others Killed By Gunshots

Bullet Portraits Of 2Pac, JFK & Others Killed By Gunshots

Artist David Palmer has created a unique way of honoring famous folks killed by fatal bullets. In this series, he painstakingly uses a hand torch to fuse together casings to create portraits of some of America's most iconic faces.
R.I.P. J Dilla, Remembering Hip-Hop's Quiet Genius

R.I.P. J Dilla, Remembering Hip-Hop’s Quiet Genius

James "J Dilla" Yancey would have been 38 today. Just over six months after his death due to complications related to his lupus condition, I wrote a story in 2006 for the Associated Press about Dilla's posthumously released CD "The Shining."
The Lasting Images Of Photographer Eve Arnold's "In America" Series

The Lasting Images Of Photographer Eve Arnold’s “In America” Series

Eve Arnold shot some amazing images of Marilyn Monroe and Malcolm X. She died this month at 99; her "In America" series remains among her most moving batch of images.
WATCH: The Internet, "Fastlane"— New Video

WATCH: The Internet, “Fastlane”— New Video

In a homage to Natural Born Killers, Syd the Kyd and Matt Martians of The Internet have released a new video for "Fastlane"—a startingly violent prequel to their previous video of ruthless lesbian love, "Cocaine."
WATCH: Lianne La Havas, "Forget" — New Video

WATCH: Lianne La Havas, “Forget” — New Video

Lianne La Havas's "Forget," the title track from her latest EP, gets a video treatment and it's clear that the Brit soul singer has an incredibly bright future.
WATCH: Flatbush Zombies, "Thug Waffle" — New Video

WATCH: Flatbush Zombies, “Thug Waffle” — New Video

Flatbush Zombies mine the weed smokin', fright night, grimy hip-hop thing on "Thug Waffle." But the Brooklyn duo don't do typical badman NY rap. Instead, they freak a style that sounds entirely more current and increasingly "regionless."
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