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WHAT THE F@%! HAPPENED!? (PT. III): Amy Winehouse

Winehouse was touted as a world class vocalist, a supremely gifted songwriter, and a certified game-changer within the landscape of popular music. And then everything went wrong. Very wrong.

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A Rant About Michelle Bachmann & The Census & U

When my roommate and I got our census packet in the mail a few weeks ago, we immediately burst into laughter. Now, let’s make something clear; the Census is very important and I think everyone should do it. Census data influences the allocation of much needed financial resources to your city or town, the number […]

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WHAT THE F@%! HAPPENED?! (PT. II): D’Angelo

By the end of 2000, D’Angelo was without question THE man, receiving commercial and critical success, and thus free to go in any direction he wanted artistically. And then he disappeared.

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What The F@%! Happened?!: LAURYN HILL

At the tender age of 23, and just one album into her solo career, Lauryn Hill was catapulted unexpectedly into mega-stardom, and looked upon with an almost divine level of adoration and respect. Clearly, Hill was not ready for it….

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DANIEL MERRIWEATHER’S “LOVE & WAR”

So as it stands, Love & War is more than a respectable debut for Merriweather. It may not separate him from the pack the way a truly classic release would, but it’s impossible not to at least like.

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NNEKA’S “CONCRETE JUNGLE”: Addictive, powerful, life-affirming, and incredibly necessary…

Concrete Jungle stuns, inspires and enthralls from beginning to end, and confirms without question that Nneka has the potential to be among the most vital and fascinating voices of pop music in the years to come. Believe the hype.

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GIL SCOTT-HERON’S “I’M NEW HERE”: The man comes around…

And all of this makes Scott-Heron’s new album, I’m New Here, all the more stunning; not since the Rick Rubin-assisted resurrection of Johnny Cash’s legendary (and, by the earlier 90’s, similarly derailed) career has an older, seemingly past-their-prime artist returned with something so haunting, so vital, and so unequivocably brilliant.

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NO PASSENGERS ON HER PLANE:How and why Beyonce owned the 2000′s….

Since embarking on a solo career in 2003, Beyonce has completely mastered an intoxicating mixture of R&B and Hip Hop that redefined Pop music in the 2000s, her live performances continue to stun audiences around the world, and her fierce protection of her private life from media scrutiny has allowed her to cultivate a largely blemish-less superstar status. All things considered, Beyonce is clearly the greatest and most influential female pop artist of the 2000s.

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