Same Old Story: Hip-Hop Artist Narratives

Having a consistent story is crucial in hip-hop. But is it cool to base an entire career on one set of stories and experiences? I've noticed...

YouTube Will Start Charging, You’re Fucked

Have you seen the offers for YouTube Red?   For you, thirsty free-content consumers of the Internet, expectations will have to adjust soon. The value of content hubs like...

Murda Beatz Piped Up in Fort Erie

When you think of the sound that has Atlanta going crazy, you think of some people. Probably Black people...from Atlanta. Makes sense right? This is...
Kendrick Lamar in car in music video for "Element"

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...
Mitski Working For The Knife Music Video

Cut Straight To The Heart: On Mitski’s “Working for the Knife” and Leaving My...

It’s being confronted with a world that doesn’t seem to recognize your humanity, and seeing no way out of it- Mitski on...

What’s Up With Kanye’s ‘SWISH’? Looking Back 5 Years Ago For Context

In light of Kanye West recently changing his upcoming 7th solo LP’s title from So Help Me God to SWISH, I thought sharing this...
Friends That Break Your Heart Vegan

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,...

The Term “Rapper” Sucks. Hip-Hop Needs Subgenres

"Rapper," a monolithic term People feel threatened by hip-hop's latest rising stars because we don't have the language to explain how all these different artists are...

“War” and “Exposing Me”: When Drill Music Is Too Real For You

Chief Keef's "War" (2014) is a Drill classic (Fredo's "War" is hot too, RIP). FBG Duck and Rooga's "Exposing Me (Remix)" is quickly on...

Desiigner Evolves Into Future During Freestyle

First, not sure why Desiigner's freestyle is the only freestyle video that has disabled ratings and comments on Tim Westwood's channel. Secondly, kudos to Desiigner...