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Every year it's a guarantee someone will grouse about record labels and musicians never taking risks anymore, and never producing anything exciting or unique. While that's probably true to a certain extent, it's not been true in much of 2013. For instance, first there was Kanye West's Yeezus and the ... More >>
Last Friday Lady Gaga revealed on her website that her new album would be released on November 11th. It will be called ARTPOP. She elaborated (of course) with the following gibberish: "ARTPOP explodes onto the physical and virtual universe at once on November 11, our 'BIG BANG! On this day HAUS OF G ... More >>
For the most part, we agree. Three of Jay-Z's last four albums have been terrible. Lil Wayne, addled as he is by lean and anatomical discharge (or just pure not-caring), don't rap so good no more. Eminem hasn't released a worthwhile LP in over a decade. Nas is wildly inconsistent--but we await all h ... More >>
Magna Carta Holy Grail and Yeezus have arrived; somehow, Jay-Z's album has the better production, and Kanye's has the better lyrics. In any case, one of the most polarizing aspects of the former work is how it uses Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" in the opening track, "Holy Grail." Between ver ... More >>
This summer has been a weird season for rap. Kanye fell short of ascending to heaven withYeezus. Jay-Z's attempt to transcribe the Illuminati Handbook ended up being a Magna Carta Holy Fail (YUK YUK). J. Cole ranted on Twitter about no one paying attention to him because not Ye or Jay. But luckily f ... More >>
If while listening to Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail, you experienced an indescribable sensation that you were actually listening to an encrypted invitation to a very luxurious party with a super exclusive guest list and even more ridiculous gift wish list, you were right!!! We made note of every pe ... More >>
Ever since the announcement of his game-changing arrangement with Samsung Electronics, most of the conversation about Jay-Z's forthcoming studio album, Magna Carta Holy Grail has revolved around the nature of the deal, not the coming music. Even as the project (out officially tomorrow) is being roll ... More >>
With Mitt Romney as its de facto candidate, the roster of Restore Our Future, Romney's designated Super PAC slush fund, reads like a laundry list of New York City's wealthiest denizens. And, according to the Center for Responsive Politics and contrary to popular belief, Super PAC ... More >>
Nope.Is sex over? First the Observer said the Youngs are through with it. Now the New York Times, always on the vanguard, is exploring the notion that sometimes, people don't want to have sex. In fact, sex is sort of unfashionable now, due to the widespread availability of porn and various other ... More >>
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