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'F— Rap, Laying Back Eating Poutine'

A highly stoned, deeply weird, very food-obsessed three days on the road with 300-pound Albanian American rapper Action Bronson<p>TUESDAY<p>Tuesday night …

Jay-Z in 2028: What Can We Expect From a Rapper Pushing 60?

<i>It’s been just a week since Jay-Z’s 12th solo album,</i> Magna Carta … Holy Grail<i>, was released. But there have already been myriad reactions. From</i> …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Pied Pipers

R. Kelly, Chris Brown, Surfer Blood, and the limits of musical tolerance<p>Here’s a scenario that every consumer of culture encounters consciously …

Oden on Oden

In a rare and candid interview, the former top pick in the NBA draft discusses his injury-plagued career<p><i>Greg: “So what is this article going to be</i> …

“Exile in Guyville” at Twenty

Twenty years after its release, two things are apparent about Liz Phair’s début album, “Exile in Guyville.” The first is that the record is still worth listening to. If you haven’t heard it recently, “Guyville” is many things. It’s an eighteen-song record of what used to be called indie rock, …

A Mozambican Lion Story: Working to Save Africa’s Lions

The hot, African sun is rising and Paola Bouley hopes that she can pull this off before sundown. She and park scout Lucas Togarepe zip around Chitengo camp gathering supplies and getting their truck in order. She got news that a lion pride she’s been looking for is nearby and she doesn’t want to …

iOS 7 Is Designed To Be Easy To Understand But Hard To Copy

Jony Ive explained in the video that introduced iOS 7 at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference that the new design was both familiar to existing users and yet a totally new experience of the iPhone. There has been criticism of both the familiarity (nothing really new here) and the ad hoc nature …

Legalese Aside, How Do We Talk About Race Nowadays?

This was a week in which the country was reminded of our continuing struggle with race — and how we're still not quite sure how to talk about it.<p>The conversation started with the actions of the Supreme Court: A key provision of the Voting Rights Act was dismantled, and the University of Texas was …

The Kakapo: The world's weirdest parrot?

<b>THE KAKAPO COULD EASILY</b> be considered the strangest parrot in the world. Three things mark it out as very unusual among its peers: it's flightless, …

R.I.P. Bobby “Blue” Bland, “the Sinatra of the blues”

Bobby “Blue” Bland, one of the last great, iconic soul and blues singers of the 20th century, died Sunday at his Memphis home. He was 83. In the late …

Bobby Bland: 'Blues and soul are one and the same' – a classic interview

The blues speaks warmly but carefully in a rich, furry voice. In the anteroom of a hotel suite, cartons of Alpine cigarettes and a selection of white …

Bobby 'Blue' Bland: The Influences That Shaped Me

<i>Over a number of years – in conjunction with books I've written with B.B. King and Aretha Franklin – I've had the great pleasure of interviewing</i> …

Music

"I Will Die for What’s in My Heart"

I’m from Chicago.1 I was always on my own island.2 Ever since I was at preschool I had little kids following me around. The teacher just said I was a …

From Graduation to Taylor to “Power”: A Timeline of How Kanye West Became The Nucleus

True story: I interviewed Kanye once. It was a release party for a Consequence album, held at the downtown offices of a hip lifestyle magazine, and …

Building the Imperfect Pop Star

Charli XCX is responsible for one of the year's biggest hits — so why isn't she huge yet?<p>It’s a propitiously bright summer evening in Central Park, …

That Obscure Object of Desire

A new book about lost and ignored music reveals what the loose strands of culture can teach us about hope, failure, and dashed dreams<p>What can we …

Psychedelic Drugs

Quest for Fire

The unlikely rise to stardom of Questlove and the Roots<p>The title of Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson’s <i>Mo’ Meta Blues</i> is a sign that points in more than one …

The Menace That Missed

Twenty years ago, Menace II Society was supposed to make Tyrin Turner a star. So why have you never heard of him?<p>Everything peaked for Tyrin Turner …

How to Create a Lifelong Brotherhood | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s Note: This a guest post from Jonathan Mead</i>.<p>The responses from my closest male friends surprised me when I asked them this question: “What’s …

Legacy Check

As the NBA Finals head back to Miami for Game 6, just about everyone on the floor has something to prove<p>The NBA Finals shifted to a 2-3-2 format …

12 Old Words That Survived by Getting Fossilized in Idioms

English has changed a lot in the last several hundred years, and there are many words once used that we would no longer recognize today. For whatever …

Dog Disease Infecting Tigers, Making Them Fearless

The big cat is catching canine distemper from domestic dogs, experts say.<p><b>Cats and dogs don't usually mix. But a domestic dog virus is posing a new threat to endangered tigers in the wild, experts say—partly by making them less fearful of people. (See tiger pictures.)</b><p>Forced into increasingly smaller …

New Shades for a Dinobird's Feathers

Archaeopteryx's plumage had light and dark patterns that benefited the bird.<p><b>One of nature's oldest birds just got a feather makeover.</b><p>The <i>Archaeopteryx</i>, which lived around 150 million years ago and was a mixture of bird traits (notably feathers) and reptile traits (teeth, claws on its wings), was …

How Diving Mammals Stay Underwater for So Long

Positive charges on oxygen-binding proteins are key to diving mammals' success.<p><b>Imagine holding your breath while chasing down agiant squid (Architeuthis dux)—multi-tentacled monsters wielding suckers lined with tiny teeth—in freezing cold water, all in the dark. That would take a lot out of</b> …

ROLAND S. MARTIN: Never Forget Medgar Evers

<b>by Roland S. Martin</b><br>Editor-in-Chief RolandMartinReports.com<p>“The gifts of God … should be enjoyed by all citizens in Mississippi.” — Medgar Evers<p>When …

Watch the Throne: Let Them Eat Cake

Jay and Kanye's album was inevitable. But is it any good?<p>Kanye West’s astonishing rise can be heard in his enunciation. His debut album, <i>College</i> …

Rembert Explains America: A Terrifying, Beautiful Day at the National Toy Hall of Fame

An “authentic” Rochester experience this was not.<p>Driving into the upstate New York town, I had one objective, and, much to the chagrin of the 51 …