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Why America needs Kanye West

Kanye West makes it easy for people to hate him. He throws tantrums at award shows, he snatches mics from blond pop princesses, he rants at concerts, he screams at radio hosts who don’t have the answers. He is often tactless and lacking decorum, and his honesty comes with absolutely no filter. Branding him as […]

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Why rap needs to step up in the wake of the Zimmerman verdict

Since George Zimmerman’s acquittal for the murder of Trayvon Martin, the reaction within the hip-hop community has ranged from long-winded Twitter rants to total silence. While rappers like Lupe Fiasco, Immortal Technique and Phonte have been vocal about the verdict and what it says about the value of black life in this society, far too […]

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Ice Cube talks Hollywood challenges, staying humble and thoughts on Drake, Kanye and Kendrick Lamar

Check out some extras from my interview with Ice Cube: On whether he envisioned this level of success when he started out: I didn’t see that at all. it’s just been a journey and an amazing ride, an amazing career that I just took advantage of my opportunities. I never took them for granted and […]

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Kanye’s kilt: Avant-garde fashion or affront to hip hop?

Kanye West has set the Internet abuzz by appearing at last night’s Hurricane Sandy relief concert in a leather kilt. The general reaction has ranged from disbelief to disgust that the Louis Vuitton Don would be caught dead wearing a skirt. But Kanye wearing a skirt is nothing new, and most of this negative reaction […]

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Paltrow’s tweet heard ’round the world

It was the tweet heard ‘round the world — at least the portion of the world that pays attention to Twitter. One weekend in early June, actress Gwyneth Paltrow tweeted a picture while onstage at Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “Watch the Throne” concert in Paris, with the caption “Ni**as in paris for real” (the asterisks […]

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This is art: “Mercy”

“Mercy” Kanye West f/ Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz This video is bizarre, intermittently hilarious, completely atypical of rap and brilliant in ways I can’t fully comprehend. It also makes me believe that Kanye West is the most important artist in music right now.

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10 things every rapper should do before they start rapping

When it comes to rap music, abysmal record sales often start with abysmal records. Though a few bright spots do exist (Kanye, we see you), a barrage of bling-obsessed studio thugs has made the rap landscape look mighty bleak. While a return to the golden age may be a rap purist’s pipe dream, the state of […]

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Review: Kings ascend ‘Throne’ at TD Garden

BOSTON – There were no backup dancers or hype men at the TD Garden on Monday night. No opening acts. No self-absorbed diatribes about greatness. No ridiculous jewelry, shirt removal segments or serenades to random females called onstage. Rap superstars Jay-Z and Kanye West didn’t have to babble about their dominance in hip-hop or stuff […]

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CD Review: Kanye West’s “808s & Heartbreak” is more heartbreak than 808

Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam Chased the good life my whole life long/Look back on my life and my life gone/Where did I go wrong? It was bound to happen. Kanye West couldn’t rap and sample Curtis Mayfield and Otis Redding forever. He had to become a New Wave singer. The shift actually began on “Graduation,” when the […]

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