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Kendrick Lamar Knows He’s Not That Special

Cause really I'm just a nigga that's evil and spiritual - Kendrick Lamar, "Poe Man's Dream" (2011) It's...
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Spotify’s ‘Loud & Clear’ Obscures “Professional” Artist Earnings

There aren't many large tech companies as transparent with their data as Spotify. The bar is pathetically low, but Spotify clears it...
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Don’t Take ‘Atlanta’ Too Seriously

Best-case scenario, the show is just a show that makes people aware. It's not going to do the transformative work we've been...
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Growing Up and Renouncing Poptimism

“You are in for an extended period of time when the basic structure of your life is subject to some inevitable and...
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If Walls Could Talk at Euphoria High

At what point does the use of adult actors progress from utility to a loophole allowing writers/directors/Hollywood at large to portray content...
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NCT Hollywood and SM’s Race into the Metaverse

The third major stage in K-pop's culture technology model, as designed by SM boss Lee Soo-man, is exportation. Like the creation of...
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Two Songs, One Convo: Radiohead’s “True Love Waits” and Perfume Genius’ “Alan”

If you’re like me — fraught with the anxiety of getting older and realizing that you’ve yet to achieve even a fraction...
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SahBabii’s Life Philosophy As Heard in ‘Do It For Demon’

Do It For Demon is a serious departure from the sounds and subject matter that have come to define SahBabii. The acute...
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James Blake’s ‘Friends That Break Your Heart’ and Friends That Help Mend Mine

I remember being utterly floored upon hearing James Blake’s “The Wilhelm Scream” for the first time. Its cascading and crescendoing bass lines,...
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“180” S1 E3 – Are White People Guests in Hip-Hop?

For the 180 podcast episode, listen here. To keep up with 180, subscribe to the 180 RSS Feed. This...