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When rappers ruin a pop song

November 24, 2012

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The formula for instant radio hit—pop song with one guest rap verse—may be at the end of its usefulness. At the very least, it’s hurting the quality of some songs, but maybe the artists just don’t care, since the brand name buzz of having X hip-hop artist on your track is worth the damage to […]

A young Kanye raps for Jay-Z

December 28, 2010

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WorldStarHipHop’s throwback footage of the week is like candy for hip-hop heads. Kanye is rapping in the studio, mostly freestyling, and beginning at 2:08 he’s doing it for Jay-Z. WorldStar doesn’t appear to know the exact year, but I put it at 2002 or 2003 because: a) someone is wearing a David Carr Texans jersey […]

Divine Rhyme

March 20, 2010

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Recently I wrote a big feature for PopMatters.com about the young rapper Sam Adams, who I happen to have gone to high school with. You can find the article here or its slimmer, more Wayland-focused incarnation from The Wayland Town Crier newspaper here. Anyway, I began interviewing the kid and his management, and listening to […]

Billy Elliot on Broadway, 11/21/09

November 27, 2009

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Exactly one year after its Broadway debut, “Billy Elliot,” the musical version, is still selling out weekend performances at the Imperial Theatre. The show debuted in London’s West End before making it to the American stage, where most theatergoers, I imagine, must be aware of the 2000 Stephen Daldry film from which it is adapted. […]

Downtown Owl

October 8, 2009

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Klosterman’s non-fiction is great, as so many of his fans know, but he has stuck with the same authorial voice for his first attempt at a novel, and it doesn’t really work. It doesn’t work, but still the novel manages to entertain. It grabs you, though you never get sucked in enough to ignore the […]