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Charlotte Day Wilson Wants to Elevate Women and Non-Binary Directors

The Toronto singer explains how she and director Fantavious Fritz's 'Work Film Grant' will help fund music videos and short films by underrepresented creatives.
Sarah MacDonald
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The Final Sermon of Childish Gambino

Donald Glover brought his Childish Gambino act to Madison Square Garden for what he claimed was the last time. It was a weirdly religious experience.
Kristin Corry
4 days ago
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Put Some Respect on Noname

The Chicago rapper has always been an exhaustive storyteller—brimming with narrative-driven stanzas that life in Chicago has written for her—but now the story feels like it’s completely hers.
Kristin Corry
9.14.18
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'A Star Is Born' Examines Pop's Destructive Relationship with Drug Abuse

The film, starring Lady Gaga in her first feature role, is a harsh look at the realities of fame.
Sarah MacDonald
9.11.18
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Eminem’s 'Kamikaze' Is a Stale Misfire

The rapper's ninth studio album reveals an Eminem who's frustrated with the narrative, but seems to misunderstand the beast he’s up against if he wants to confront his detractors
Paul Thompson
9.4.18
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Lauryn Hill Shouldn't Still Have To Correct You

Twenty years ago, Lauryn Hill outlined a solo album that dismantled the restrictions society projected on her and two decades later, she’s still fighting to define herself.
Kristin Corry
8.30.18
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Troye Sivan’s ‘Bloom’ Makes Queer Love Blissful

The YouTuber-turned-musician's second album shifts the LGBTQ+ narrative away from hardship and towards the sweet complexities of love.
Douglas Greenwood
8.30.18
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Dev Hynes Has Slowly Built an Extraordinary Canon

‘Negro Swan,’ out today, marks another step in a musical universe that the singer and producer has been forming for years.
Daisy Jones
8.24.18
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One Minute of Music Changed Childish Gambino’s Career Forever

Donald Glover’s five-year-old soul stunner “Urn” stood out in an irony-driven musical catalogue and helped create the maverick artist we know today.
Phil Witmer
8.22.18
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Aretha Franklin's Sketch of Black Femininity

The iconic musician embodied the trials and tribulations that all black women could relate to, and provided the blueprint to alleviate them.
Kaila Philo
8.17.18
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Nicki Minaj's 'Queen' Caps a Mediocre Summer By Rap's Titans

The rap superstar's fourth studio album shows flashes of her greatness, but follows a trend of poorly edited projects by the genre's top tier artists this year.
Lawrence Burney
8.14.18
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Mac Miller Is at His Lyrical Best on 'Swimming'

The Pittsburgh rapper's new record is about recovery, but he's sharp enough to resist the simple narratives.
Alex Robert Ross
8.8.18