Dr. Dre

2015 in Music: Adele Staves Off the Inevitable Streaming Takeover For Another Year

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In the first three weeks since its debut, Adele has sold 5.19 million copies of her third album, 25. Released in the penultimate month of 2015, it’s the best-selling album since 2011, and well, you know, 21. Plenty of people will tell you how big a deal this is, and with the ungodly amounts of money that she will make for XL and Columbia, her labels have probably already canonized her.
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‘Straight Outta Compton’ and the Politics of Modern Day Minstrelsy

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As I’m sure me and you, your mama and your cousin too, are aware, there’s been a lot of controversy surrounding the N.W.A. biopic, Straight Outta Compton. The press has gone to great lengths to discuss the film’s misogyny, its colorism, and its erasure of women. I’m still slack jawed a week after finding out the film’s director F. Gary Gray was the person who taped the 1991 TV segment that ultimately led to Dr. Dre’s assault of Dee Barnes — an incident that, of course, was omitted from Straight Outta Compton. Gray commits a monumental feat in cowardice, and the twist is something I’m more used to seeing in caper films from the ‘40s. Life is stranger than fiction.
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