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Esperanza Spalding’s Flow

by Lucas Fagen on May 21, 2016

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During the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards ceremony in 2011, jazz bassist Esperanza Spalding was awarded Best New Artist, a trophy assumed earmarked for Justin Bieber (who else?), and the scandal that ensued changed the recording industry forever.

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Prince, Rock Hero

by Lucas Fagen on May 7, 2016

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What did Prince mean?

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The big question in hip-hop this season: which megaartiste made the superior album, Kanye West or Kendrick Lamar?

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My roommate once noted how I only sing in the apartment when we play Brazilian music.

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Kanye West Fragmented

by Lucas Fagen on April 23, 2016

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First things first: Kanye West’s release strategy for his new album was a catastrophe.

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El Guincho’s “Hiperasia,” DJ Slugo’s “Cocaine Music,” “Star Wars Headspace,” and Moodymann’s “DJ Kicks.”

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Bowie’s Last Role

by Lucas Fagen on March 19, 2016

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There’s never been an album quite like David Bowie’s “Blackstar” in rock & roll history.

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Justin Bieber, Sex Panther

by Lucas Fagen on February 27, 2016

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The consensus was that this former child star’s career was over; no longer in his target demographic’s age range, he found himself unable to push the same buttons as before, and was prepared to fade, slowly but honorably, from the public spotlight.

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Future’s Dark Period

by Lucas Fagen on February 21, 2016

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Plenty of rappers are prolific in the mixtape world; in terms of sheer output, this Atlanta trap king puts even the absurdly productive Young Thug to shame.

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Vince Staples, Fierce Minimalist

by Lucas Fagen on January 31, 2016

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Vince Staples’s Summertime ‘06 is the hardest album to hit the rap game in a decade, maybe more.

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