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Watch the Discourse: Luxury Rap, Success and Self-Absorption

The value of a release as large as Watch the Throne is that it goes beyond the gargantuan personalities involved or even the monster show dates designed to promote it. Part of the value is the discussion it generates.

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Beyoncé Rocks It Slow and ‘90s Style for Her 1+1 Video

When Beyoncé released her fourth solo album, aptly titled 4, many were confused as to which direction she was going. There were moments of psychedelic electro

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24 Aug 2011 // 10:22 AM

OK Go vs. the Muppets

The Muppets drifted out of coolness when they were relegated to children’s entertainment in the ‘90s. They came back with a vengeance though through

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Tori Amos’ Latest Video Continues Her Tradition of Cheese

Tori Amos' latest video continues her long running awkward relationship with the visual medium.

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Jay-Z & Kanye West: Watch the Throne

It's not the beacon of creativity that some may expect on the heels of Kanye's epic 2010, but Watch the Throne is definitely one of 2011's most entertaining, ear-perking offerings.

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9 Aug 2011 // 9:47 AM

Jay-Z and Kanye West ascend the ‘Throne’

JAY-Z AND KANYE WEST “Watch the Throne” Roc-a-Fella Records (3 1/2 stars) The kingdom is in peril. Confidence has been shaken: “Tears on the mausoleum floor/Blood

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Hip-Hop’s Heartbreak: Kanye West – “Coldest Winter” and “Pinocchio Story”

808s & Heartbreak -- and this Between the Grooves series -- wraps up with a two-song tandem that exemplifies everything Kanye West's masterpiece-before-the-masterpiece is about.

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Hip-Hop’s Heartbreak: Kanye West – “See You in My Nightmare”

West consciously kept the guest spots and big-name collaborations at a minimum when constructing his fourth album. That mantra allowed this particular joint effort to stand firmly on its own among some of the best work he has ever been a part of.

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Hip-Hop’s Heartbreak: Kanye West – “Bad News”

Don't discount "Bad News" because of its placement on 808s & Heartbreak. It's still one of the best art-pop compositions of our time.

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Hip-Hop’s Heartbreak: Kanye West – “Street Lights”

Kanye kicks off 808s & Heartbreak's home stretch with a song often over-looked, though never discredited.

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Hip-Hop’s Heartbreak: Kanye West – “Robocop”

If 808s & Heartbreak is the lost Kanye West record, then the songs that make up the second half of the album are the true forgotten masterpieces. And, all things considered, there isn’t a better track than “RoboCop” to begin that undervalued stretch of criminally-forgotten tracks.

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Hip-Hop’s Heartbreak: Kanye West – “Paranoid”

On "Paranoid", Kanye West takes a break from the haunting percussion sounds and counters with a glorious trip to 1986.

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Gaming Whiplash and the Tragedy of Expectations

Looking back at games like Mirror's Edge or The Wind Waker it seems that when video games offer unexpected experiences, the results are not always pleasant.

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Hip-Hop’s Heartbreak: Kanye West – “Love Lockdown”

On "Love Lockdown", 808s & Heartbreak reaches its glorious pinnacle in a way hip-hop rarely succeeds.

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Hip-Hop’s Heartbreak: Kanye West – “Amazing”

On "Amazing", Kanye West creates a whole new level of crazy with his willingness to travel deep inside his own madness.

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Hip-Hop’s Heartbreak: Kanye West - “Heartless”

On "Heartless", Kanye West exemplifies his will to both write great pop harmonies and hip-hop that manages to still be successful and poignant.

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Robyn Writhes in an Empty Gym While Pleading to “Call Your Girlfriend”

The video for Robyn‘s truly magnificent track (possibly the best from Body Talk, vol.3) is a simple one-take video where we see the electro

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Hip-Hop’s Heartbreak: Kanye West - “Welcome to Heartbreak”

"Welcome to Heartbreak" is the most underrated valuable song on 808s & Heartbreak. Here, West separates himself from every other rapper alive by utilizing the simplicity of heartbreak in such a poignant manner.

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Kanye West = Batman? Five Perfect Broadway Superhero Musicals We’d Like to See

If only the creators of the Spiderman musical had chosen Elvis Costello instead of U2 to create Spidey's soundtrack... While we're at it, here are some ideas for Broadway's next pack of superhero shows.

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Hip-Hop’s Heartbreak: Kanye West - “Say You Will”

The focus of this latest Between the Grooves series is hip-hop superstar Kanye West's moody Auto-Tune-heavy opus, 808s & Heartbreak (2008). In this first installment, Colin McGuire explains why “Say You Will” is not just a great song, but also a great way to begin a trip into the mind of West himself

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Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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