Frank Ocean’s ‘channel ORANGE’ Still Feels Fresh, Five Years Later

In 2005, when his hometown was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina, Christopher Francis Ocean (Frank Ocean) moved to LA. Over the course of six years, he wrote for Brandy, Justin Bieber, Beyoncé, joined Odd Future and released his critically acclaimed mixtape, nostalgia ULTRA. In 2012, Frank Ocean delivered his first LP. Plenty of albums have come in strong

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Ray J is the Most Avant-Garde Thing About Vince Staples’s Big Fish Theory

“There is a theory that fish only grow to the size of their tank. So the “Big Fish Theory” pertains to someone who is capable of much bigger things, but is trapped inside the fish tank someone else put them in and therefore will only grow in accordance with their limits” — Genius. This definition falls in line with

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In Another Twist of Fate, Calvin Harris is Very, Very Cool: ‘Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1’ (Album Review)

Calvin, I get it, dating Taylor Swift changes a man. You’ll probably never look at red lipstick and 50s style bathing suits the same way ever again. To go and make this album after what I can only assume is months and months of heartbreak is admirable. But this isn’t a tabloid and I’m not

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11 Soundtracks You Can Enjoy Without Seeing the Films

I believe a great film is only as great as the music it contains. There’s the musical score — known more for its non-diegetic sounds, usually orchestrations to deliver a tone or emphasis for the film. Like what would Jaws have been if it were not for that “dun-dun” musical cue composed by the legend, John Williams? Then, there’s the compositions of

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‘Melodrama’ and the Recollection of Heartache

There is nothing quite so painful as your first heartbreak. Whether you’re young, old, or somewhere in the middle, the first time you find yourself shattering from the inside out at the hands of someone you had given a part of yourself to in the form of love and devotion is truly, deeply world-shaking. That

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