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Thursday, October 9 2014

The 100 Best Albums of the 2000s: 20-1

These top 20 records of the '00s feature some familiar faces, but also several that, over time, have grown more fondly in memory.


Wednesday, October 8 2014

The 100 Best Albums of the 2000s: 40-21

From breathtaking reformulations of shoegaze to British soul revival, this batch of stellar recordings from the 2000s is an eclectic one.


Tuesday, October 7 2014

The 100 Best Albums of the 2000s: 60-41

PopMatters' coverage of the 2000s' best recordings continues with selections spanning Swedish progressive metal to minimalist electro-R&B.


Tuesday, September 23 2014

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.


Thursday, January 2 2014

The 75 Best Songs of 2013

From the electro-dance of Daft Punk, Disclosure and Rudimental and the boundary-pushing R&B of Janelle Monae and John Newman to the warm sounds of Americana blossoming into the hippest sounds in American music and the always-compelling Kanye West, PopMatters counts down 2013's 75 best songs.


Columns

Monday, March 3 2014

In Defense Of... Kanye West's 'Yeezus' Tour

Seeing Kanye West perform, I learned not only what it's like to see a master at the top of his game in the prime of his career, but also what it is that makes the polarizing artist so fascinating. And so, so breathtaking.


Wednesday, May 29 2013

In Defense Of... Kanye West

On the heels of his sixth solo studio album, it's time to take a look at why Yeezy remains relevant, and why his antics, obnoxious as they can be, never grow old.


Wednesday, September 21 2011

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.


Reviews

Wednesday, November 12 2014

Where Does Kanye West's 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy' Stand in the Canon?

Kirk Walker Graves' mix of fanboy marvel and critical detachment will convince even Kanye West detractors to give My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy a close listen.


Thursday, June 27 2013

Kanye West: Yeezus (take two)

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


Sunday, June 16 2013

Kanye West: Yeezus

Yep, it's here. It may not change the game like My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy did, but there's still plenty to keep your attention on album that, of course, has to be called Yeezus.


Thursday, June 13 2013

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.


Thursday, September 27 2012

G.O.O.D. Music: Cruel Summer

Everything about Cruel Summer is steeped in grandiosity, but that's not always a good thing.


Blogs

Wednesday, November 5 2014

"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.


Wednesday, February 12 2014

Ain't Talking 'Bout Love: Top 10 Definitive Breakup Albums

During a week where you're bombarded with overpriced consumerism disguised as love, here are ten albums that look at love's hangover.


Tuesday, June 25 2013

'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.


Thursday, September 15 2011

Chamberlin Cover's Kanye West's "Lost in the World" MP3 (PopMatters Premiere)

Vermont's very own it-band Chamberlin covers a Kanye West tune and releases Chamberlin Cabin Covers EP to aid Vermont flooding victims.


Monday, August 8 2011

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.


News

Thursday, November 15 2012

Bruce Springsteen, Kanye West to appear at New York Sandy benefit

LOS ANGELES — Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will help anchor another all-star benefit to aid in Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, once again joined


Wednesday, November 30 2011

West gets 7 nominations, but Adele gets Grammy spotlight

LOS ANGELES — Rapper Kanye West scored a leading seven nominations for the 54th annual Grammy Awards, but ceded the brightest spotlight of music industry esteem


Tuesday, August 9 2011

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


Monday, December 20 2010

Taylor and Kanye rule the music scene now, but which one will last?

As she accepted her award for favorite female country artist at November's American Music Awards, Taylor Swift said, "I only want to thank the fans."


Tuesday, November 30 2010

Kanye West shapes the message his way

LOS ANGELES — Early this fall, before any kind of promotional push for Kanye West's new album, "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy," had begun in earnest,


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