Drake

Drake Jealous of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s ‘Rolling Stone’ Cover

Drake reached new heights of tweeted immaturity and egotism; already incensed by Rolling Stone’‘s inclusion of his critiques of Yeezus, Drizzy… Read More

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The Best and Worst of Last Night’s ‘SNL’ with Drake

SNL’s diversity problem has dominated the headlines for the past several weeks. The issue came to a head when the hiring of six white (and almost all male) cast members for the show’s 39th season rubbed audiences the wrong way. The situation was aggravated by comments from Kenan Thompson. There was buzz about a secret audition, which turned out to be true — and SNL welcomed Upright Citizens Brigade regular Sasheer Zamata as a featured player, and added LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones to the writing staff. … Read More

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The 5 Best New Songs We Heard This Week: Nicki Minaj, Drake, Vampire Weekend

New year, new music. This week, a surprising number of artists released new material despite the holiday and ensuing recovery. Ryan Hemsworth unearthed an entire mixtape of previously unreleased remixes, Nicki Minaj and Drake posted some excellent one-off tracks, and Vampire Weekend refreshed a months-old song. Listen to all of them for free after the jump. … Read More

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What Pitchfork’s Top 10 Songs of the Year Say About Us

It’s become something of an end-of-year tradition to look at what’s probably our generation’s most representative end-of-year list — Pitchfork best songs of the year — and ponder what it says about its readership. After all, the music we’ve found ourselves listening to over the course of a year is a pretty good indication of where our heads have been at. And so, with the publication of this year’s list, it’s time once more to over-analyze the top 10 and see what it has to say about the year gone by. … Read More

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The Disconnect Between Drake and His Music

Recently, a friend admitted sheepishly that he hated Miley but loved her music. This isn’t an anomaly nowadays. The higher… Read More

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Drake and the Rise of the New Pop Melancholy

In May 2012, GQ ran a profile of basketball überstar Derrick Rose. The article was a curiously moving piece of journalism, depicting Rose as a sort of cloistered figure, standing alone at the floor-to-ceiling windows of his condo on the 84th floor of Chicago’s Trump Towers, staring out at a city that he rules but no longer inhabits. The article is a fine portrait of the alienation that comes with being mega-rich, a window into a world where too much is never enough. This is a world that is appearing more and more in pop music… which brings us to Drake, the avatar of this new pop melancholy. … Read More

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Ranking the MTV VMA Performances from Best to Worst

Last night saw the MTV Video Music Awards come to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The best thing about the night was clearly Taylor Swift telling One Direction to “Shut the fuck up,” but beyond that, the show was, as ever, about the performances — all the post-event hysteria has been about Miley Cyrus’s… interesting rendition of “We Can’t Stop,” but there were plenty of other notable moments, including an N*Sync reunion and Kanye West performing “Blood on the Leaves.” So… from best to worst, here’s how we saw the evening’s performances. … Read More

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