Dr. Dre: Violent Man, Mediocre Talent

In November 1990, Dr. Dre picked up hip-hop journalist Dee Barnes and began slamming her face against a wall. After unsuccessfully trying to throw her down a flight of stairs, he pursued her into a bathroom where he held her to the ground, grabbed her by the hair, and began punching her head from behind—all … Continued

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P. Diddy Is the Saddest Rap Star Ever

So P. Diddy, née Puff Daddy (née Puffy, née Sean Combs) has been arrested. Not for toting gats where the true players are at. Not for selling more powder than Johnson & Johnson. Not even for running all up in the club and sipping Bacardi (or Cîroc) in an egregious manner, when it was not, in fact, … Continued

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Same old Kanye on Yeezus

I don’t pay attention to song lyrics. I get captivated by the finesse of artists like Kanye who have the ability to jump from a poignant orchestral prelude to an almost overwhelming rush of horns, drums, and synthesizer as he showed in “All of the Lights” from My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. “Glorious” is how … Continued

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Macklemore and Materialism

Macklemore is not the first White hip-hop artist to become a fixture in the mainstream, but he’s probably the most socially conscious one. Not long ago I came across a link to the video for “Wings.” For the uninitiated, the song picks on the materialistic lust for the latest in Nike footwear, a force that … Continued

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Kanye West: Is Profanity Acceptable in Pop Music?

Over the weekend, Kanye West took to Twitter to have a philosophical conversation about whether it is ever acceptable to use the word “bitch” and “nigger” in music or conversation. “I usually never tweet questions but I struggle with this so here goes… Is the word BITCH acceptable?,” he wrote on Twitter (h/t The Atlantic Wire). … Continued

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The Daily Pop Culture Scene

Breaking Bad‘s Meth Whiz Aaron Paul–Vulture But Breaking Bad is not really about drugs. It’s about the Old Testament consequences of what ought to be foreseeably bad choices. Ridley Scott’s Strong & Courageous Women–The Daily Beast He created the modern Hollywood action heroine with Ellen Ripley, played by Sigourney Weaver, in 1979’s Alien, and in . . . … Continued

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Beyoncé and the Right to Breastfeed in Public–Time Baroque Pop Singer Sufjan Stevens Meets Hip Hop–Huff Po What the Secular World Can Learn From Religion–Atlantic The Bitterness and Rancor of Top Chef—Chicago Tribune Is Ananda Marchildon Too Fat to Model?–The Daily Beast Bruce Springsteen’s Latest is a Recession Gospel–Atlantic Spectacular and a Tad Cheesy: John Carter … Continued

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