Posts By Fred Castrano

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Photo Gallery: Kanye West, Run The Jewels and More At 2014 Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival

[Editor's note: Rather than give a full breakdown of each and every set they witnessed, writer Fred Castano and photographer Daniel Ancheta are providing a more visual look at their Outside Lands experience.] Friday, Aug. 8   Run The Jewels…

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Yancey Boys – Sunset Blvd.

Yancey Boys - Sunset Blvd. Delicious Vinyl: 2013 If the deeply-flawed rollout of all that 2pac material during the 2000s taught us anything, it’s that managing the posthumous material of legends past can be tricky. If somebody responsible isn’t paying attention,…

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Blu & Nottz – Gods In The Spirit

Blu & Nottz - Gods In The Spirit : 2013 When it comes to releasing music, Blu has been about as predictable as a Tasmanian devil on Heisenberg-grade meth. 2011 alone had the out-of-nowhere Jesus closely followed by the NoYork! giveaway…

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J-Zone – Peter Pan Syndrome

J-Zone – Peter Pan Syndrome Old Maid Entertainment: 2013 I recently moved back to my hometown, and I learned that a lot of my friends were starting to meet the criteria for being grown-ups: kids, spouses/fiancés, and jobs where I…

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Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels

Run The Jewels - Run The Jewels Fool’s Gold: 2013 Rap fans are so damn demanding. I always knew this, but it really struck me a few weeks ago while I was crashing on the couch of my neighbor, this white…

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Statik Selektah – Extended Play

Statik Selektah - Extended Play Show Off/Duck Down: 2013 There’s a special place in my heart for albums like Reasonable Doubt and Hell Hath No Fury that start with a Latino guy talking shit. I’ve realized that since I can’t rap, it’s my only chance…

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There aren’t many phrases in the English language that can compete with “free beer.”  I crash weddings for it. I go to parties hosted by people I can’t stand for it. And last Friday, I sat in Los Angeles traffic…

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Styles P – Float

Styles P - Float Nature Sounds: 2013 I’m not sure if I have a more complicated love/hate relationship in my life than the one I have with Rap Internet. For all the incredibly dope music and hilarious memes that come across…

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Action Bronson Being Jolly, R. Kelly as a Religious Experience And Surviving Coachella 2013

It was 6:30 a.m. on a Friday. Any self-respecting human being should have been hitting snooze, squeezing nine more blissful minutes of sleep before building the courage to get out of bed and put in the last eight hours that…

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Durag Dynasty – 360 Waves

Durag Dynasty – 360 Waves Nature Sounds: 2013 Is there any doubt that the Alchemist is the hardest working producer in hip-hop right now? He’s pumping out albums like the Atlanta Police Department does arrest warrants for Gucci Mane. After making…