Tag: hip hop

Haunted Pasts and Hopeful Futures: A ‘Kids See Ghosts’ Review

To say Kanye West and Kid Cudi have had a tumultuous relationship is an understatement. Regardless of who subtweeted whom, and who stole vocals from the other, the pair made up in endearing fashion during Kanye’s equally tumultuous “Pablo” tour. Their reconciliation was no doubt in part due to each artist’s struggle with mental health;

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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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A Hip-Hop Head Listens to EDM: What I Learned Listening to a Stranger’s Music

In an ongoing series, we’re pairing UTIOM writers together and having them swap playlists of the songs they love. This week, Brian Iniguez and Katrina Parsons shared their love of music with each other – literally. This is Brian’s account of what Katrina’s playlist taught him. Coming from a musical taste mostly comprised of hip-hop,

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Childish Gambino Returns at Just the Right Time with “This Is America”

In the wake of a Kanye-fueled media storm that’s given America a distraction from far more pertinent matters, Donald Glover, a.k.a. Childish Gambino, has returned with a boom in the form of a profound music video for his new single, “This is America,” a visual feast that satirizes the very notion of celebrity in a

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How Kanye’s ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ Introduced Me to Hip-Hop

Sometimes you hear an album and suddenly everything you thought you knew about music goes out the window. In 2010 I was that kid who was raised on classic rock and turned his nose up at hip-hop. I enjoyed indie and I’d just begun to get my feet wet in the Philly music scene with the

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