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Started From the Waldorf School: The Teenage Performances of 8 Superstar Rappers

Last week, a video of a teenage Kanye West performing at New York City’s Fat Beats record store hit the Internet, an unlikely gem the store’s former manager found while converting old Hi8 videotapes to DVD. And now, a beautifully titled song by a 16-year-old Eminem — “Pooh Butt Day” — has also emerged from the Internet’s depths, a surprisingly upbeat foot-tapper from an artist known for anger and darkness. … Read More

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The New Sad Boys of Pop

“It’s alright to cry, even my dad does it sometimes,” Ed Sheeran urges towards the end of X, an album that’s so shrouded in Nice Guy Syndrome that Sheeran deserves his own tackily named subgenre. In the larger context of mainstream music trends, the acoustic strummer falls under the heading of Sad-Boy Pop. He may be alone emotionally, but Sheeran and a few similar chart-topping artists — like Sam Smith and Bleachers — are together in redefining what it means to be a solo male star in pop circa 2014. Sonically, they couldn’t be more different, but they’re united by their embrace of the melancholy amidst a genre marked by its blissful frivolity. Even Robin Thicke is sad these days, going from “I know you want it” to “I’ll wait for forever for you to love me again.” … Read More

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Vanessa Bayer Gives Drake Some Excellent Misguidance

On her hilarious, Between Two Ferns-ish web series Sound Advice (from aboveaverage.com), Vanessa Bayer plays the “World’s Worst PR Consultant.”… Read More

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One In a Million? Why We’re Still Talking About Aaliyah

Aaliyah made genre-redefining albums in the 1990s and died way too young. She was involved in a controversial marriage, and her breakthrough video was set in a high school gym. Her catalog comprises three studio albums, and new artists can’t wait to assert their cred by covering her songs and name-checking her in interviews. … Read More

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9 Films Passed the Bechdel Test So Far This Year: Links You Need to See

Lily Allen hosted her first ever Reddit AMA, and it had a little gem for Game of Thrones fans. Find out what the creepy fact is in today’s links! … Read More

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Drake Goes Undercover to Find Out What People Think About Drake

Drake, who apparently hasn’t suffered enough abuse yet, dressed up in a disguise for Jimmy Kimmel and interviewed pedestrians… Read More

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The 6 Best New Songs We Heard This Week: Drake, Lana Del Rey, Parquet Courts

It was a busy week in the mainstream, with two new Drake tracks, some old-new Lana Del Rey, Janelle Monae covering Bowie, Icona Pop partying with Ty Dolla $ign, Conor Oberst still trying to make fetch happen, and more. Some of them make the cut here. Let’s go. … Read More

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Flavorwire Interview: ‘Broad City’ Music Supervisor Matt FX Talks Last Night’s Epic Drake/Missy Elliott Tribute

The cold open on last night’s Broad City was easily one of the best TV moments of the year so far. In a nod to Missy Elliott’s iconic Hype Williams video for “The Rain (Super Dupa Fly)” — you know, the one where she wears a trash bag onesie — protagonists Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson hit up the bank for a fat deposit by making it rain, ’90s rap video style. But the song heard in the scene is not Missy’s, nor is it a sound-alike. It’s a track perhaps better known to Broad City‘s core demographic: Drake’s “Started From the Bottom.” … Read More

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