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THE WEEKND Continues To Astound With New Mixtape “THURSDAY”

Thursday is not a cash grab or some collection of b-sides, and it never feels forced. The Weeknd’s second album is a fully-formed album, thoroughly conceived and well-executed. And considering the fact that it’s being released less than a year after its predecessor, and it’s still really good, I’d say Thursday is a more-than-worthy follow-up.

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WATCH THE THRONE, And Why Jay-Z and Mitt Romney Have A LOT In Common

I doubt Mitt Romney understands the plight of the underprivileged. And I couldn’t tell you if he likes Black people, either. But if he’s a Hip Hop fan, I bet he’ll love Watch The Throne. Because Mitt Romney and Jay-Z actually have a lot in common.

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Is Nicki Minaj In An Abusive Relationship?

I respect Nicki’s desire to keep her private life private. I just hope Nicki is smart enough, and strong enough, to walk away from a relationship that will only prove toxic to her professional and personal life.

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The Era-Defining Legacy of Amy Winehouse

And that’s why Amy Winehouse was so unique, controversial and fascinating. It was impossible to tell where her music ended and her real life began. There was no script. In the words of Erykah Badu, Amy Winehouse was “an analog girl, livin’ in a digital world,” oblivious to the voyeuristic culture of camera flashes and snarky bloggers that surrounded her.

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Jay-Z and Kanye’s Out-Of-Touch, Wealth-Obsessed, Culturally-Irrelevant “Otis”

“Otis” is shallow, materialistic, wealth-worshiping nonsense. And if this “luxury rap” style is going to define Watch The Throne, Yeezy and Jigga might reemerge from their luxurious, million-dollar mansions in the sky to find themselves irrelevant to a culture founded on its ability to resonate with the common man.

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My Favorite Albums of 2011 (SO FAR)

These are my top five albums of 2011, thus far. Pick these records up if you haven’t already, and let us in on some of your personal faves….

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Does It Matter If Beyonce’s 4 Flops?

I think 4 is an amazing album. But pop stars are called “pop stars” because they make music that’s POPular. For a big budget, worldwide pop superstar, the point is to sell records, not impress music nerds like myself.

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An Open Letter To Chris Brown

But how long do you think this can last, Chris? You can’t play the villain forever. Eventually, you’re going to have to come to terms with what happened three years ago. Or at the very least stop being so fucking annoying.

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The Enduring Power of Tupac Shakur

His work spoke truth to a racist, capitalistic power structure, while at the same time attempting to usurp and dominate that structure with its own values and tools.That is why Tupac’s music was so powerful and dangerous. There will never be another like him.

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Beyonce’s “4″: THE REVIEW

Beyonce she makes this shit look easy on 4; these are soulful, rollicking, and relentlessly charismatic performances that could only be turned in by an artist that is 100% confident and comfortable in her own skin. 4 is what happens when a great artist has nothing left to prove. And it is a stunning album.

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