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“I Love It” censure indicative of unfair genre criticism

By Zacc Schlegel, October 17 2018 — Kanye West and Lil Pump released “I Love It” to great commercial success on Sept. 6, earning over 50 million YouTube views and counting. The song itself is characterized by a minimalist beat and explicit lyrics, while the music video features Kanye and Pump dressed as Roblox-like figures….

New Music: Kids See Ghosts

By Thomas Johnson, June 13 2018 — On the uncharacteristically slapdash ye, Kanye West mused, “Screamed so loud, got no lungs. Hurt so bad, I go numb.” Eight years before, on his career-defining Man On The Moon II, Kid Cudi similarly murmured, “Life is like that. Beat me up and I’ll fight it right back.”…

New Music: Kanye West

By Thomas Johnson, June 1 2018 —  One the one hand, Kanye West’s intemperate mood swings make it near-impossible to objectively critique his lyrical content. On the other hand, by this point — two decades into his undeniable reign as hip-hop’s stately tastemaker — if you buy into Kanye The Artist, you’ve reconciled Kanye The…

Is ethical consumption of music possible?

By Jason Herring, March 1 2016 — The rollout of Kanye West’s new album, The Life of Pablo, was a complete mess. West finally released the album, known at various points in its history as WAVES, SWISH and So Help Me God, on Feb. 13 after missing his projected release date by two days. Even…

New Music: Kanye West

By Kent Wong, February 23 2016 — Kayne West last touched our lives in 2013 with his seventh album, Yeezus. His long-anticipated follow-up, The Life of Pablo, is a thematically confused album marred by name changes and delays. But even though West’s over-hyped album is out, as of Feb. 23, it’s still not available for…

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