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by Alec Lane Music Pop Rocks

Lady Gaga | Chromatica

Chromatica delivers occasional melodic pleasures but is otherwise stripped of the complexity and contradiction that usually defines Gaga’s brand of pop. Each new release from Lady Gaga following the Fame and Born This Way heyday is more disarming than the last — increasingly structured around…

July 20, 2020
by Paul Attard Kicking the Canon Music

2Pac | Me Against the World

Had he not been murdered more than two decades ago, Tupac Shakur would have turned 48 this month; he would be in the third decade of his career, and probably still releasing an album every two years or so. He would also, very possibly,…

June 27, 2019
by Paul Attard Music Pop Rocks

Schoolboy Q | Crash Talk

Patience is a virtue that most hip-hop fans don’t possess, and one that they don’t really need to; it’s generally been accepted that in order to stay relevant against the seemingly endless cavalcade of face-tatted SoundCloud youngsters, an artist has to consistently flood the…

May 10, 2019
by Paul Attard Music What Would Meek Do?

DaBaby | Baby on Baby

If there’s one thing Charlotte-based MC DaBaby understands best about our current streaming age, it’s that no attentive listener wants their time wasted. It’s easy for most budding rappers to replicate Drake’s and the Migos’s roadmap to success for their respective underwhelming projects from…

April 26, 2019
by Joe Biglin Music What Would Meek Do?

Juice WRLD | Death Race for Love

Juice WRLD — “the brat of pop music” — released two projects last year, the misogyny-laden, emo-infused, but often sweetly-sung Goodbye & Good Riddance, and the Future-collab WRLD on Drugs. He’s a melodic rapper who completely blew up because of a Sting-plagiarized rap rant…

April 26, 2019
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