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Thursday, March 6
Kanye ‘n’ Me

Written by Samuel Frampton In some ways, it’s easy to make fun of Kanye West.  Yeah, he interrupted Taylor Swift at the Grammys, dissed George Bush on national television, sold a bunch of plain white t-shirts for $120 each, briefly served as the mascot for an online cryptocurrency, and formally declared himself a god. And yeah,…

Innocence & Experience

Clean living and dirty lyrics: we dance and drink and sing to hip-hop beats like it ain’t no thing…


Thursday, January 16
The Legend Goes On: 2pac’s Undying Life-Force

No rapper has overcome the laws of nature as much as Tupac Shakur. Pac was peerless in his living rap career, and has now moved further, performing and releasing albums from beyond the grave.   Not long ago a friend challenged me to debate whether we should have 2pac-hologram concerts. Granted the apparition performer cannot…

Innocence & Experience

Clean living and dirty lyrics: we dance and drink and sing to hip-hop beats like it ain’t no thing…


Sunday, May 5
Where Is the Love?: How Hip-Hop Got Hard

Statistics say about 90 percent of pop songs are about love. The Grammy Awards and critical recognition show hip-hop continues to be marginalized in mainstream music culture despite increasing acceptance in public opinion. Hip-hop as a genre, while underrepresented, is underrepresentative itself—of love.   This past New Years’ Eve my friends and I were counting…

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Tuesday, February 26
Post Post Punk

You could forgive someone who grew up listening to the Police for thinking that “Post Office” was a synonym for retirement. After all, the label “post punk” described that guitar-heavy, angsty music of the late ’70s and early ’80s as simply “that which came after punk,” so wouldn’t “post office” be, whatever comes after office?…

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Monday, February 25
A Reflection on Future’s “Pluto”

  I’d like to think the way in which I connect to music is somewhat analogous to the way smell and taste work at a micro level – a lock and key mechanism. From what little facts I’ve obliquely retained from high school biology, if the form and shape of a molecule are complementary matches,…

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