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The Rise Of Lorde: Argument For A New Genre

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Consider my faith in humanity restored when a track as tough as Lorde’s “Royals” makes popular-music airwaves.

VIDEOS

The Greatest Love of All

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I've got a special treat for you this evening.

#Halloween

10 Halloween Tips For The Star Wars Obsessed

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'Round about Halloween, several television stations will begin to run Star Wars movies ad nauseum clear through the end of the year -- oh glory of glories, thanks be to TNT.

The 30 Day Song Challenge

The 30 Day Song Challenge: Day 23 – A Song That You Want To Play At Your Wedding

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New Orleans may be the only city in the continental United States that I love more than Detroit, and if I lived any closer than a country-length away I would get married there.

The 30 Day Song Challenge

The 30 Day Song Challenge: Day 19 – A Song From Your Favorite Album

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/07/8-things-i-do-because-of-outkast"> "When I first met my SpottieOttieDopaliscious Angel, I can remember that damn thing like yesterday..." Pages, dare I say volumes, of TSS have been devoted not just to Outkast, but to <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/aquemini">Aquemini</a> as a stand-alone work.

The 30 Day Song Challenge

The 30 Day Song Challenge: Day 17 – A Song That You Hear Often On The Radio

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2011/05/the-30-day-song-challenge-day-16-%e2%80%93-a-song-that-you-used-to-love-but-now-hate"> The year was 2007 and every L.A. scene-ster girl with a scarf around her neck and sangria in her hand had a crush on <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/miguel">Miguel</a>.

The 30 Day Song Challenge

The 30 Day Song Challenge: Day 12 – A Song From A Band You Hate

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/?p=190764"> Hate is a strong word, and the brother of Love. Hate is Cain. Hate is the vengeful, rumble-vision demon within us that clouds our judgement and makes us weaker versions of ourselves. I don’t like using the word “hate,” and I avoid it whenever possible. I choose Love. But let me say, unequivocally, I hate Creed. I hate Creed like I hate Nickelback. What I find so distasteful about Creed isn’t even necessarily their music -- which is garbage -- but rather their attitude. They come from this holier-than-thou place that masquerades as being for Jesus, but ends up looking more like trying to get on Jesus’ level, if Jesus were played by Jason Borne with a voice like Eddie Vedder, and obsessed over his hair and washboard abs. Even the name Creed is self-involved and taking a number two on everyone else. A creed is a statement of belief. A Creed is a statement of braggadocio. Coming clean here, I don’t actually know any Creed songs; which speaks volumes about my distaste for them, and also my complete lack of credibility. But probably my favorite Creed song is one that <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/dj-house-shoes">House Shoes</a> introduced to me called “Gibba Gab,” documented here in this video known as “Creed Shreds Again.

MUSIC

What Can Boog Brown Do For You?

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Round about the time I was a hipster-wipster slam poet, there was this open mic night that brought out a smattering of locals every Sunday, and the best among us was yet another elle-cee.

TSS Presents Fifteen Minutes With

TSS Presents Fifteen Minutes With Bilal

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Leaks happen when promo copies and advance releases are sent to those irresponsible few music journalists, bloggers and chronologists who use their power for evil.

The Hybrid

Danny Brown – “The Nana Song” Video

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/09/danny-brown-nowhere-2-go-video"> Finesse of a low-budget video must be rooted in talent. A weighty skill set is the boiled-down, made-from-concentrate, rap extract a Hip-Hop video made in handheld night vision must begin with. It is as essential as Adam's rib was to Eve. Luckily <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/danny-brown">Danny Brown</a> is so infused with talent and skill that this video that toes the line of ridiculousness is finessed on the side of pure entertainment.

VIDEOS

Cam’ron Feat. Snoop Dogg – “Yo Momma On Ya”

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2009/01/i-should-tell-ya-mama-on-you"> Nothing like a little Hip-Hop philanthropy to go a long way. "The backstory for “Yo Momma on Ya” is even crazier….the hook and the flow is originally created by a well-known homeless guy named Red, who was first recorded by the folks at the <a href="http://www.hvw8.com/">HVW8 Art Gallery</a> in Los Angeles.

MUSIC

Bilal – “Restart”

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<a href="http://www.plugresearch.com/artists/bilal/"> "Have we come too far, to turn it all back around? Or is it too late, to start again?" Mr. Oliver gave you your <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/06/bilal-free">Free</a> song, and now he'll give you another in "Restart.

The Do Over

DJ Jazzy Jeff’s “Live At The Do-Over” Mix

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Every lost angel's favorite hipster hangout meets every DJ's favorite DJ.

Shawn Jackson

Shawn Jackson – “Lil Big Man” Video

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2008/12/shawn-jacksons-fave-five-beat-maker-series"> God Bless Tiny Tim Cratchit, who first kept the dream of happiness and the hope of a livable income alive through Dickens. And God Bless <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/shawn-jackson">Shawn Jackson</a>, who keeps the dream of good taste and the hope of listenable Hip-Hop alive in me.

VIDEOS

An Eva Mendes Sex Tape?

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/06/alison-brie-invents-sex-positions-with-funny-or-die"> Finally a product we can all get behind. Who doesn't want a super serious adhesive in their tool bag? <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/eva-mendes">Eva Mendes</a> teams with Will Ferrel's love child, <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/funny-or-die">Funny or Die</a>, for a bit of tongue-and-cheek about your interest in seeing her sex tape.

The ArchAndroid

Janelle Monae Feat. B.o.B. and Lupe Fiasco – “Tightrope (Wondamix)” Video

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/06/janelle-monae-feat-b-o-b-lupe-fiasco-tightrope-wondamix"> The Smoking Section has never been guilty of doling out 5 Cigarettes in a single sitting. Nor is the TSS factory machined to give Cig ratings to any singers whatsoever. But gosh darn if <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/janelle-monae">Janelle Monae</a> hasn't put forth a solid argument for the decimation of our office common law.


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