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How Music Communities Can Survive Their Leaders' Alleged Misconduct

Directors at Toronto's Wavelength concert series and Ottawa's Arboretum Music Festival have stepped aside, leading to questions about how these scenes can move forward.
Jill Krajewski
7.10.18
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With 'Beast Mode 2,' Future Reminds Us How Goddamn Good He Is

Future's deliberately restrained and curated nine-song return proves us how much better he is at treating the studio’s vocal booth as a confessional than anyone else.
Gary Suarez
7.9.18
Drake
Drake

'Scorpion' Is the Drake People Love But That's Boring as Hell

The Toronto icon's newest album has moments of brilliance that are overshadowed by its length and predictability.
Lawrence Burney
7.6.18
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It's Tough to Watch Drake Struggle with Fatherhood on 'Scorpion'

On his sixth studio album, the Toronto superstar looks at his own childhood as he grapples with his new role as a dad.
Lawrence Burney
7.3.18
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In Spite of Everything, Teyana Taylor's Album Is a Triumph

'K.T.S.E' is Teyana Taylor's soul-tinged sophomore effort, but much of Kanye West's antics overshadowed her release. It’s Taylor’s time now, and she’s talented enough to control her own narrative.
Kristin Corry
6.26.18
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The Saxophone’s Unlikely Journey Out of Meme Hell

After decades of mainstream banishment, artists like Kamasi Washington are ushering in a saxophone renaissance.
Jeff Andrews
6.25.18
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Inclusivity Should Be Nightlife’s Only Status Quo

Cindy Li, Mykki Blanco, Bambii, and Winnie Luk explore the dance floor as a platform for social progress at Absolut’s “Tomorrow, Tonight."
Corinne Przybyslawski
6.22.18
Thinking Too Hard
Thinking Too Hard

Nas Still Can’t Escape JAY-Z’s Takeover

Nearly 20 years after their historic beef, the two New York rap icons seem miles apart in their ability to be transparent with listeners.
Myles E. Johnson
6.20.18
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How John Mayer Helped Me Become a Better Therapist

Using song lyrics is a form of expressive arts therapy, which can help people tap into their emotions and invoke personal change.
Juli Fraga
6.20.18
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Nobody Wins in the Story of XXXTentacion

The late 20-year-old rapper was a hero to some, an abusive menace to others, and a sad prophecy of where society is going for all of us.
Lawrence Burney
6.20.18
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Essays

Beyoncé and JAY-Z in the Louvre Is Art, Not Activism

The discussion around the meaning of the Carters' "Apeshit" video captures just how much commentary surrounding Beyoncé’s work has changed.
Kaila Philo
6.19.18
beefs
beefs

Drake Hid a Damn Child and Still Dodged a Bullet

Drake’s 'Degrassi'-focused “I’m Upset” video was the non-response to Pusha-T that the pop star needed to change the narrative.
Alphonse Pierre
6.19.18