Articles tagged kanye west

22 Dec 2016 // 12:48 PM

2016: The Final Year of the Surprise Album (Hopefully)

Dropping unexpected albums is a growing trend and one that should be done away with.

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Form Follows Function: ‘The Life of Pablo’ and ‘Blonde’ Challenge the Notion of an Album

Kanye West and Frank Ocean have created imperfect perfect albums which invert our notions of flaws and challenge our perception of the album as an art form.

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Fade Into the Machine: Bon Iver’s ‘22, A Million’

Bon Iver's 22, A Million may be the first album that, truly, should be dedicated to Big Digital if not artificial intelligence.

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30 Sep 2016 // 10:43 AM

Kanye West - “Fade” (Singles Going Steady)

Kanye West samples some of the best house and soul from the second half of the 20th century.

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Kanye and Mingus: Gifted, Complicated and Proud of It

Charles Mingus and Kanye West represent an extreme form of the complicated-and-proud-of-it black man, within a society that prefers its black men as uncomplicated and untroubling as possible.

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Time of Absence: Documenting Kanye West’s ‘Life of Pablo’

The Life of Pablo is an ideological attack against the pop institutions that continually try to mystify art and control the artist's identity for profit.

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Kanye West: The Life of Pablo

Because The Life of Pablo pulls from so many parts of West's career the end result, unsurprisingly, is an absolute mess.

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28 Jan 2016 // 2:00 AM

How Sia Kept Breathing and Became a Formalist

Although there are for Sia 1,000 forms of fear, if you will, there are only two formal conventions in her manual of pop songwriting.

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A$AP Rocky: At. Long. Last. A$AP.

If Live. Love. A$AP. was the start of Rocky's trip, then At. Long. Last. A$AP. makes for one hell of a disappointing comedown.

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Who Will Survive in America? Kanye West’s Hybridization of Hip-Hop

Kanye West's melding of multiple genres into the hip-hop fold is a complex act that challenges the dominant white notions of what constitutes true "art" music.

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Spike Lee’s ‘Chiraq’ Would Add to City’s Long Violent Filmography

Chiraq will be the latest entry in a durable tradition of movies about a violent Chicago.

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14 Apr 2015 // 10:06 AM

PopTalk: Can Some Artists Become Immune to Serious Criticism?

In the eyes of critics, can David Lynch ever make a bad film? Or Kanye West a bad album?

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Drake: If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late

At the peak of his game, Drake has begun to embrace the darker sides of success.

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Counterbalance: Kanye West’s ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’

No one man should have all that power. The 97th most acclaimed album of all time is living in that 21st century, doing something mean to it. Counterbalance has a listen.

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“Hurry Up With My Damn Croissants!”: The 15 Best Kanye West Lyrics

Ten years after Kanye West's first album, The College Dropout, we count down the rapper's top lyrics.

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The Future Is Now, and It Is Odd: A Retrospective on Hip-hop in the ‘00s

The historical unfolding of hip-hop bears a strong similarity to that of literature. With that lineage in mind, it's easy to see why the '00s found hip-hop taking on its postmodern stage.

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J. Cole: Born Sinner

J. Cole delivers with an impressive second album.

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Kanye West: Yeezus (take two)

Yeezus will be brilliant to some, terrible to others. The truth lies somewhere in between.

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‘Yeezus’ Displeases: The First Week of Reactions to Kanye West’s New Album

After a week of listening to, reading about, and thinking about Kanye West's Yeezus, we take stock of where we are.

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Governors Ball 2013: Mud, Music and Finding Yeezus (Photos)

Torrential rains on the first day caused Friday to end early and left the Governors Ball grounds very very muddy. But throughout the weekend, music from Kanye, Cut Copy and several other bands made trudging through the sloppy field worthwhile.

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The Moving Pixels Podcast Explores 'This Is the Police'

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"This week we take a look at the themes and politics of This Is the Police.

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