The Rise of Depression Rap

Music has always been about releasing emotions, and recently the mainstream hip-hop world has turned to the dark-side with what I call “Depression Rap.” Different than cut-and-dried hip-hop, this evolving offshoot of rap deals with introspective negative thoughts generally about self-deprecation, grim emotions, and as heard recently on Kanye West’s Ye, suicide. Although there have been many

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Kanye West’s ‘Ye’ Leaves Fans Upstream Without a Paddle

“If you’re a fan of Kanye West, you’re a fan of yourself…” — Kanye, Bonaroo 2014 Being a fan of Kanye West has always seemed like a privilege. Like you were in some secret club and only people who truly “got it” could appreciate it with you. Before the critically-lauded Yeezus dropped in 2013, thousands

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