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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
21 hours ago
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RIP (???) to OVO Fest, Toronto's Number One Source of FOMO

After eight good years, Drake's OVO Fest has come to a quiet end. We think.
Jabbari Weekes
8.7.18
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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
8.7.18
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You Can't Deny Travis Scott Anymore

With 'ASTROWORLD,' the Houston rapper and noted director of vibes displays a new polish to his best skills.
Lawrence Burney
8.7.18
Pity Party
Pity Party

Charli XCX, Genre-Genius, Comedian, Pop Princess, Has Been Ruling My Summer

On three new summer loosies, Charli engages with the pop mainstream while giving us the bangers we know and love her for.
Lauren O'Neill
8.1.18
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grusk

Grimes Is Playing Herself By Defending Elon Musk

Grimes used to be a feminist warrior. Now, she's spending most of her time defending Elon Musk on Twitter. What happened?
Shaad D’Souza
7.26.18
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Why I Still Love Peter Steele, Goth Metal’s Late Vampire King, To Death

In spite of the overt, sometimes insidious sexism of the Type O Negative frontman's music, women like me found ourselves drawn to him.
Amy Blakemore
7.24.18
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ABBA’s Music Was Sexist, But ‘Mamma Mia’ Helped Fix That

ABBA's songs were never that kind to women, but 'Mamma Mia' provides a surprisingly feminist re-telling of Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus' music.
Shaad D’Souza
7.18.18
Remembering Things
Remembering Things

'A Kid Named Cudi' Is Still the Mixtape That Birthed 00s Rap’s Diverse Sound

Cudi encouraged a generation of kids to be open about their mental health, to be hopeful for the future, and to explore a range of genres.
Ryan Basill
7.17.18
we saw this
we saw this

We're Gonna Need a Bigger Yacht: One Night with Soft Rock's Holy Trinity

I tried to unpack my hatred of Baby Boomers at a concert featuring Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, and Christopher Cross.
Justin Caffier
7.16.18
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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