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I’m just now realizing how brilliant Amy Winehouse was and it’s killing me

I’ve been listening to a lot of Amy Winehouse lately. It’s pretty much all I’ve been doing. That and watching her videos, interviews and documentaries. I should have realized how brilliant she was a long time ago, but I didn’t. And now that I have, it’s like I’ve become obsessed. A guy I briefly dated […]

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A few keys to effective self-promotion from a music journalist

Self-promotion is the art of making yourself well-known and well-thought of. Seems straightforward enough, right? But as a music journalist often bombarded by people trying to promote themselves, I can assure you that a lot of what passes for self-promotion these days is actually an exercise in making people ignore you or report you as […]

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Rappers who have more followers than @Nas: June 22, 2012

In honor of Follow Fridays and poor decisions on Twitter, I bring to you a new feature: Rappers who have more followers than @Nas. In this feature, I’ll spotlight rappers who have managed to amass more followers than God’s Son, a symbol of hip-hop substance and the barometer against which rap tomfoolery can be measured. […]

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Throwback Thursdays: Puff Daddy & Biggie Winning

If you’re a hip-hop fan, this 1997 masterpiece needs no introduction. It’s all epic rap domination for like five minutes — then-Puff Daddy and Biggie trading crazy verses, Busta Rhymes screaming on the hook and a monster beat that samples Bill Conti’s “Going the Distance” from “Rocky.”  This was my favorite song for a significant […]

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