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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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TIME 'Person Of The Year' Covers: The Winner And The Reject

TIME ‘Person Of The Year’ Covers: The Winner And The Reject

Shepard Fairey is the artist behind TIME's "Person Of The Year" cover. But there was another option by James Victore too. Which design would you have chosen?
This Year's Most Essential Story About The Roots' 'undun' LP

This Year’s Most Essential Story About The Roots’ ‘undun’ LP

Capital New York writer Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah unpacks a powerful profile of the Roots that's part personal essay, part sociological study, part history lesson.
Odd Future Spin-off The Internet Shocks With "Cocaine" Video, Readies 'Purple Naked Ladies' LP

Odd Future Spin-off The Internet Shocks With “Cocaine” Video, Readies ‘Purple Naked Ladies’ LP

The Internet—OF's Syd the Kyd and Matt Martians—is pushing R&B out of its comfort zone with a jarring video and an electro-soul sound that's sweet and edgy at the same time.
Shame Director Steve McQueen On Sex And Secrets

Shame Director Steve McQueen On Sex And Secrets

Steve McQueen, one of the most provocative artists of his generation, keeps it real and raw in his latest film, Shame, a dark tale about sexual addiction.
WATCH: Action Bronson, "Not Enough Words" — New Video

WATCH: Action Bronson, “Not Enough Words” — New Video

Action Bronson's new Well-Done LP sounds like another legit underground hit. The video for "Not Enough Words" shows the Queens MC in all his rotund glory.
WATCH: King Krule, "The Noose of Jah City" — New Video

WATCH: King Krule, “The Noose of Jah City” — New Video

King Krule (aka Archy Marshall) proves in his new video for "The Noose of Jah City" and on his self-titled EP that his big voice and lo-fi beats make a perfect combination.
WATCH: Lianne La Havas, "No Room For Doubt" feat. Willy Mason — New Video

WATCH: Lianne La Havas, “No Room For Doubt” feat. Willy Mason — New Video

Lianne La Havas collabs with alt-folkster Willy Mason in a haunting duet. Given her forthcoming new EP and a Bon Iver co-sign, her "It" factor couldn't be more evident.
WATCH: Mr. MFN eXquire's "Huzzah!" and "Huzzah!" Remix — Videos

WATCH: Mr. MFN eXquire’s “Huzzah!” and “Huzzah!” Remix — Videos

Brooklyn's Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire's "Huzzah!" features arrogant, sex-obsessed rhymes wrapped in a cheap vodka-fueled hoodrat/b-boy stance. You gotta love it.
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