Go home. Draw a bath. Light a scented candle. Turn on your Microsoft desktop and wait for the labyrinth screensaver. Pull out your Nokia flip phone and break up with your significant other over text. You're a sadboy now. Thankfully you can console yourself with Unknown Death 2002, the immaculate debut mixtape from the #sadboy don himself, Yung Lean. Why are he and his crew sad? "Squadda Bambino isn't here, and neither is Lil B. If Squadda and Lil B were here, we'd be happy." Yung Lean was 12 years old when 6 Kiss dropped in 2009. He's part of the first generation to grow up without physical music. "I'm a molecule but I stand in the mist," he half-sings over weightless Friendzone production—if this doesn't resonate you're not a Swedish teenager longingly favoriting old Max B freestyles on Youtube, manifesting yourself in the internet's formless expanse. Media and identity aren't distinct or tangible in 2013. They're interchangeable and symbiotic—you can wear any content like a sweater. Kids intuitively get this, evidenced by the ease with which Yung Lean rocks his Oakland-streets-via-horse_ebooks swag. Spark an L, pour up an Arizona Iced Tea and lose yourself in the #emotions.
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An InterSCREW with Michael 5000 Watts
In anticipation of his gig in Brooklyn this weekend, we called up the Houston legend.
2013: A Year in Memes
Pry the keyboard from my hands, claw the eyes out of my head, strip me naked and leave me for dead on the side of the road, but you will never take my memes.
Liveblogging the New Beyoncé Album with Kitty Pryde
Because Beyoncé is the queen of the universe, I spent money on this album on iTunes. It is 12:41 am on a Friday night and I am actually currently typing my iTunes password into iTunes because I'm paying money for this music on iTunes. Oh, now it's done. He
2013: The Year Nelly Was Everywhere and Nowhere at the Same Time
No other artist spent as much time so close to the Zeitgeist as Nelly this year without being even remotely close to being the Zeitgeist.
You Don’t Like Childish Gambino's 'Because the Internet' Because of the Internet
Don't allow the narrative surrounding Donald Glover's musical career define the way you think.
The Real Difference Between a Mixtape and an Album
Why do rappers still about sales when they could release a mixtape, gain exposure, and cash in later?
Are the Grammys Irrelevant or Did Yeezus Actually Suck?
Breaking down Yeezy's obsession with the awards.
2013: A Year In Which Some Music Happened
A year’s art starts on Day One of the new year. If we don’t quantify it somehow by December, who are we as a people and what is our worth?
If R. Kelly Makes Us So Uncomfortable, Why Do We Keep Listening?
This is art we're talking about, and it's as real as you allow it to be.
Britney Spears: Capitalism's Last Stand
At last, the Queen has found her domain.