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What Makes an Album Release an Event?

Some albums are flashes in the pan, some are appointment listening, and some are, well, events. You know the type: records that have more than Twitter patiently waiting, that have the pop culture’s ear at the behest of the artist. These albums spark conversations even before the music is released, …

Sometimes, We’re F**ked: The Uncanny Connection Between Tyler, The Creator & Mac Miller

Helplessness might be the human condition. You know, that festering fretting. That obsidian-colored nightmare of a feeling turning you pale. Helplessness is a one-way ticket to ego death. But in a lot of ways, helplessness can be easy. After all, it paralyzes you. No movement required—just that and …

How Does Hip-Hop Process Heartbreak?

Heartbreak can be spectacular; heartbreak can be crushing. It’s the universal emotion that puts us through the wringer, but for the most part, we become better people for having suffered through all the pain.  Heartbreak, in hip-hop, has a glorious quality to it, if only because hip-hop skews …