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The Gospel According to Kendrick Lamar

Pulitzer Prize–winning “poet laureate of hip-hop” Kendrick Lamar has made history with his music. As Compton’s favorite son headlines this summer’s blockbuster Top Dawg Entertainment tour, he grants an intimate look at what drives him.<p>Kendrick Lamar understands and employs blues, jazz, and soul in …

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How George Clinton Made Funk a World View

The genius of P-Funk’s founder lies in his ability to motivate and collaborate.<p>In the mid-seventies, George Clinton and his band Funkadelic were working on a new song, “Get Off Your Ass and Jam,” at a studio in Los Angeles. At the time, Funkadelic was basically a psychedelic-rock band that took …

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Rev. Sekou And The Seal Breakers

The horns burst, the voices wail and, as if about to launch into a sermon, this author, activist, intellectual, pastor and singer introduces himself: "My name is Rev. Sekou and these are the Seal Breakers, now they from Brooklyn." He points to his band and continues, "but I was raised in in a …

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Rakim

It had been nearly a decade since Rakim released new music, but that drought ended Friday when the godfather of rap lyricism and one half of the revered duo Eric B & Rakim released a new song, "King's Paradise." The track was written for Season 2 of Marvel's <i>Luke Cage</i>, which premiered on Netflix the …

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Google YouTube Music, YouTube Premium officially go live: Quick facts - IBTimes India

Both the YouTube Music and the YouTube Premium-- will be initially available in select markets including the US, UK and New Zealand, among others. …

Elvis Presley's $100M fortune gone, daughter Lisa Marie claims in lawsuit

Elvis Presley's daughter can proceed with a lawsuit against her former business manager, whom she claims lost her father's $100 million fortune through poor investment decisions, a California Superior Court judge ruled this week.<p>During the hearing, the judge denied the motion of manager Barry …

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Nicki Minaj just identified the most misunderstood part of perfectionism

Perfectionism is often described as a relentless obsession with being better, faster, smarter, and stronger than everyone else. If you’re a <i>real</i> perfectionist—like, say, basketball legend Magic Johnson—you’re willing to literally crush your competition (even if it’s your daughter).<p>That’s all well …

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The End of Owning Music: How CDs and Downloads Died

If you visited Austin’s Waterloo Records recently, you might have noticed a construction project that was unthinkable not so long ago: The …

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Music's Fentanyl Crisis: Inside the Drug That Killed Prince and Tom Petty

“The road and the studio are the only places I’ve ever felt completely OK,” Tom Petty told <i>Rolling Stone</i> last summer, explaining why he was launching …

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Whoa! Watch This Fireball Blaze Over a Foo Fighters Concert in the Netherlands

A star burned out.<br>The sky IS a neighborhood.<br>pic.twitter.com/Q860yddDqE<p>— Foo Fighters (@foofighters) June 18, 2018<p>A brilliant fireball brought some …

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Bruce Springsteen Speaks Out About the “Disgracefully Inhumane and Un-American” Scenes at the Border

One of the pleasures of Bruce Springsteen’s latest phase, as a one-man Broadway solo act, is his self-deprecation, the sheepish allowance that he is, for all his sincerity, at least partly a performance—a projection of the people he loved and knew growing up. He tells their story even while rock …

Why Does Willie Nelson Still Do It?

Many of his peers are dead, and countless others haven’t picked up a guitar since their arthritis kicked in. But on April 29, two days after …

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XXXTentacion: a hyperfast life of trauma endured and inflicted | Culture | The Guardian

XXXTentacion lived a life of hyperfast, nihilistic violence where nothing could ever be put on pause. In the past year alone, he had a number one Billboard album, was banned from Spotify, dropped by his record label and charged with aggravated battery of a pregnant victim and witness tampering.<p>His …

XXXTentacion foreshadowed his own ‘tragic death’ months ago in video

Rapper XXXTentacion posted a video on Instagram just a few months ago, in which he foreshadowed his own violent demise.<p>“Worst thing comes to worst, I …

The Incredible Harmonic Complexity Found Within Each Part of the Iconic Eagles Song ‘Hotel California’

Doodling music theorist and musician 12tone, who alnalyzed the “internet’s favorite song”, did the very same for the iconic Eagles song “Hotel …

XXXTentacion shot dead after robbery in Florida

20 year old rapper XXXTentacion has been shot and killed after leaving a motorcycle dealership in Deerfield Beach, Fl. XXXTentacion known for his hit …

Jorja Smith

It's a good thing the weather was gloomy the day Jorja Smith rolled in for her Tiny Desk concert. Even though the skies threatened rain and thunder, the overcast light lingering in our dimmed office space allowed the teardrop pendant lights, hung from the ceiling by her lighting team, to cast the …

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‘What Does Paranoid Mean?’ The Story Behind the Black Sabbath Hit - WSJ

In early 1971, when Black Sabbath released its second album, “Paranoid,” in the United States, the band was among only a few groups pioneering hard rock driven by metallic-sounding guitar riffs and wailing vocals.<p>The title song, released as a single, helped push the album to No. 12 on the Billboard …

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reDiscover ‘Ascenseur Pour L’Échafaud’, Miles Davis’ Groundbreaking Foray Into Modal Jazz

In 1957, 31-year-old <b>Miles Davis</b> – a veritable icon of cool – was the hottest name in jazz. Columbia, the trumpeter’s new label, issued his first two …

The real reason Jimi Hendrix got kicked out of the Army

Jimi Hendrix is undoubtedly one of the greatest guitarists to ever step on stage. The man who headlined 1969's Woodstock Festival was responsible for …

Lil Kim Files For Bankruptcy Says She's $4 Million In Debt

<b>Lil Kim</b> raps it's all about the Benjamins, and now it is for her, since she filed for bankruptcy last month in New Jersey saying she's $4 million in …

Nicki Minaj Revealed Her New Album Cover, and It's as Over-the-Top Sexy as You'd Expect

After keeping mum on social media for a year, Nicki Minaj is definitely taking 2018 by storm! The rapper ended her social media silence on April 12 to release two singles, "Barbie Tingz" and "Chun-Li," blessed us all on the red carpet of the Met Gala, and sent fans into a tizzy joking that she was …

How to Learn Guitar Super Fast

Don't.<p>Plain and simple, like any other skill there is no "fast" way to learn to play guitar. Learning any skill takes time and dedication. The best …

Lil Uzi & Rich The Kid Get Into Violent Fight After Heated Argument — Shocking Video

Oh no. Some clips have surfaced of a disagreement between rappers Lil Uzi and Rich the Kid that turned violent. Check them out here. Warning: graphic …

Why Music Producers Like Me Are Leaving "The Industry" to Sell Beats Online

There's an alternative route. <i>My name is Curtiss King. I am a veteran music producer/rapper and the author of The Prosperous Hip Hop Producer. Through</i> …

Jeff Goldblum Got Himself a Record Deal

At 65, the Jurassic Park actor embarks on a professional side-hustle.<p><b>Jeff Goldblum,</b> the single remaining charming man in Hollywood, just got a record deal. After 44 years as an <i>acteur,</i> after all those essential roles in <i>Jurassic Park,</i> <i>Independence Day,</i> and <i>Thor: Ragnarok,</i> after all those eccentric …

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Report: As Prince’s Health Waned, Alarm Grew In Inner Circle

Some of Prince's closest confidants had grown increasingly alarmed about his health in the days before he died and tried to get him help as they …

We are living in the golden age of the music explainer

Music criticism is dead. Long live music analysis.<p>Gone are the days when listeners relied on critics for guidance on which albums to buy. In the streaming era, there is no need to read about whether an album is any good—you can sample it for yourself with just a few clicks.<p>Now, instead of seeking …

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More Artists Are Writing Songs in the Key of AI

Music written by teams, David Byrne once wrote, is arguably more accessible than that written by a sole composer. Collaborations, he mused, may …