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Vince Staples Really Hates Basketballer Chris Paul

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Behold, for here is Important News: while Flavorwire would never stoop to scouring famous people’s Twitter accounts and reporting on celebrity beefs, if you appreciate the NBA and/or Vince Staples, then Vince’s Twitter page is pretty amusing right about now. Why? Because he’s embarked on an apparently spontaneous rampage about how much he… Read More

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“I Ain’t Got Nothing Left to Give You”: Dev Hynes’ “Do You See My Skin Through the Flames?” Is Compulsory Listening

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If you follow Dev Hynes, aka Blood Orange/Lightspeed Champion/one-third of Test Icicles, on Twitter, you’ll know that he’s had a great deal to say about the state of race relations in America of late, especially in the wake of the Charleston massacre. As of this weekend, he has put those thoughts to music and released them via his Soundcloud page, in the form of an extraordinary track entitled “Do You See My Skin Through the Flames?”
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Miguel “Genuinely” Believes He Makes “Better Music” than Frank Ocean

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Flavorwire’s Jillian Mapes was (along with most other critics) pretty hot on Miguel’s “wildly singular,” recently released albumWildheart — and so is Miguel. As NME reports, in an interview with The Sunday Times, he was asked about Frank Ocean, and his response pretty explicitly put their albums and artistry in stark competition, with Miguel obviously (and understandably) favoring his own: 
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Jack White’s Band The Dead Weather Announce September LP Release

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Jack White’s side project The Dead Weather have announced the September release of their third album, Dodge & Burn. Over the course of the last year, they’ve sporadically released four new singles, “Rough Detective”, “Open Up (That’s Enough)”, “It’s Just Too Band” and “Buzzkill(er),” which will all appear on Dodge & Burn, accompanied by eight new tracks.
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Damon Albarn Had to Be Forcibly Carried Offstage After Five Hour Set

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Usually it’s audiences that have to coax musicians into staying for an encore, but at this weekend’s Roskilde Festival in Denmark, it was Damon Albarn who wouldn’t let the audience leave. Not that it looked like they wanted to. After playing a mammoth five hour set with the Africa Express Project (which brings together artists from all over the world for albums and concerts), Albarn showed no signs of tiredness, and as the last man on stage, he urged the crowd to help him keep the show going by shouting “More, more, more…”
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Lil Wayne Drops Free Album on Tidal

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Lil Wayne is keeping the weekend vibes going with his Free Weezy Album, which he recently premiered on Tidal. Artists Jeezy, Cory Gunz, Euro, and Wiz Khalifa join the rapper for the 15-track release that follows his mixtape Sorry 4 The Wait 2. The previously released single “Glory” kicks things off. The Free Weezy Album… Read More

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Amy Winehouse Documentary Confronts the Reality of Art Spawned from Self-Destruction

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The autobiographical lyrics of Amy Winehouse’s biggest hit, “Rehab,” are downright chilling in the wake of her 2011 death by alcohol poisoning. At the time of its release in late 2006, Winehouse wasn’t a big star in America, but by vividly celebrating her vices in song, Amy quickly became one of pop’s tortured greats. The line that should make your gut churn — “And if my daddy thinks I’m fine…” — alludes to Mitch Winehouse brushing off his daughter’s condition in 2005 when then-manager Nick Shymansky and others close to Amy tried to get her into rehab. The situation invites nagging “ifs,” which sit at the center of Asif Kapadia’s unflinching documentary Amy, opening in select theaters this Friday and in wide release next week.
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The “Bitch Better Have My Money” Video Doesn’t Celebrate Violence — It Celebrates Rihanna

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It’s unlikely any seven-minute clip deserves a two-minute trailer, but the music video Rihanna released at midnight makes a strong argument for its own hype. The plot’s straightforward, to the point of coming right out of the song itself: the star sings “Your wife in the backseat of my brand-new foreign car” as the camera pans over… the bitch in question’s wife in the trunk of a car. Not a brand-new or foreign car, as befits the segment’s vintage Americana road-trip vibe, but close enough. 
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These Nick Cave Dolls, Inspired by Nick Cave Songs, Can Be Yours for Just $40 Apiece

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Have you ever, while listening to Nick Cave’s tawdrily beautiful folkloric musings, wished that you could just pick the singer’s brain over, say, a lobster dinner, or see how he might handle a current-day activity like zumba, or hear his response to Magic Mike XXL? Well, if you’re of the Lars and the Real Girl ilk and can project complex human interactions onto dolls, you can now, for a very reasonable $40, be besties with (a very small version of) the poetically sullen Australian.
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