Backstage at the Joy with Ski Mask the Slump God, Pouya, and Denzel Curry

On October 26, Ski Mask the Slump God’s Stokeley Tour came to New Orleans for a performance at the Joy Theatre. Danny Towers, a Puerto Rican rapper and MC hailing out of Florida, opened alongside DJ Scheme with fan favorites “How You Feel?” and “Motel Hell.” Towers’ act ended with “Trauma” and a proper mosh pit as the Joy reached about half of its maximum capacity. 

Danny Brown Knows His Audiences Wants To Party

Danny Brown isn’t interested in proving his maturity. His most recent album, uknowhatimsayin¿, demonstrates a more mature Danny Brown. It shifts from a landscape rooted in drugs and partying, and it relies less on the flashy, urgent beats that defined his early career. The album seems unconcerned with getting listeners to dance, and instead feels more introspective. But that's not the Brown that showed up at Republic on October 16.

Tank and the Bangas Access The Body

This year, Tank and the Bangas moved audiences and moved bodies more consistently than most performers in New Orleans. They have catapulted to a new level of stardom following their NPR Tiny Desk Competition win, and their sets have become both more chaotic and more tightly rehearsed, but with an energy that keeps the audience constantly and almost involuntarily dancing.

Voodoo News: Anderson .Paak Slides Up Ladders

Anderson .Paak slid under the industry’s collective radar for a long time. An R&B singer with a raw, unpolished voice and an old-school hip-hop sensibility, he was relegated to the underground for much of his career. Now, at age 30, he’s got a hit record, a spot in the XXL 2016 Freshman Class, and a catalogue of verses for legendary L.A. artists Dr. Dre and Schoolboy Q.

Last Night: Rae Sremmurd and Lil Yachty Had Fun For Fun's Sake

When "No Flex Zone" came out in 2014, Rae Sremmurd seemed to enter that year’s lengthy canon of one-hit-wonders that also included OG Maco's “U Guessed It,” DeJ Loaf's “Try Me” and Bobby Shmurda's “Hot Nigga." Like those songs, it had a hot beat and catchy, repetitive lyrics, but not much else.

AF the Naysayer Reveals the Soundtracks Behind His Soundtrack

Last year, indie producer AF THE NAYSAYER’s The Autodidact Instrumentals Vol. 1 began life as a set of beats that suddenly had to stand alone when his planned collaboration with a rapper fell apart. His affection for West Coast G-funk and new jack swing shows through in the tracks, so much so that one, “R-96,” got a second life when the Japanese rapper Shizuku Kawahara added vocals to it.

Men of the Year

In this week's Freshly Spilt Milk, our playlist includes new music from rappers Jayaire Wooods and Lil Yachty, as well as tracks by house and techno classicists Erick Morillo and Kevin Saunderson, electronic music made from found sound in Senegal and Gambia, and remixes of Beck, The Crystal Method and Freddie Gibbs.

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