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Birdman, Pokémon and Pegging Your Way to the Top: Links You Need to See

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If you were as inexplicably drawn to the somehow “cute” notion of fantastical, chubby-cheeked animals electrocuting and charring each other to a crisp (when they weren’t being held captive in tiny balls) as I was as a kid, you’ll find this report of a symphonic Pokémon concert at Madison Square Garden particularly captivating. And, if you’re a little more sensitive to animal (both imaginary and real) rights, you might be more enthralled by this seaweed that allegedly tastes like bacon and nutritionally outdoes kale.
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Drake’s ‘If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late’: When Contractual Obligation Albums Go Right

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Drake releases have long been treated as events, but since the December 2013 SoundCloud premiere of “Trophies,” we’ve experienced escalation. Further drops followed with little to no warning and impressive frequency, often showcasing a sound and flow noticeably tougher and less overtly commercial than 2013’s Nothing Was the Same or 2011’s Take Care. “Draft Day” had Drake on a boom-bap tip, while ballads like “Days in the East” and “Heat of the Moment” explored space in ways radio songs simply aren’t permitted to. “0 To 100” and the aforementioned “Trophies” packed in so much cocksureness and braggadocio that the beats barely had room to breathe. And while his civic pride for Toronto on these tracks felt a touch excessive, it became increasingly more difficult to judge Drake solely by the sensitive sad-boy standards and tropes his critics — professional and otherwise — had come to rely on. Released suddenly Thursday night, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late capitalizes on all of these …Read More

Nicki Minaj’s ‘The Pinkprint’ Is Her Very Own ‘808s & Heartbreak’

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The final song on the deluxe — but not the deluxe iTunes or Target — version of The Pinkprint, Nicki Minaj’s third album, tells you everything you need to know about the Queens-bred rapper’s mental state at this point in time. Onika steps up to the plate and swings like she has nothing to prove but everything on the line: “You bitches can’t get my spot ’til I’m raising some children.” “Not that I don’t have good vision, but I don’t see competition/ They want me to come and help them, but I am not a magician.” “Don’t make me expose you, bitch, I’m busy.” With a title like “Win Again,” it would be easy to mistake this for your standard Nicki brag track, not unlike “I Am Your Leader” or “Grindin.” But by the end of the song, she’s out for blood with far less of it running through her flow. “I won,” Minaj coos in her most defeated-by-love pop-singer voice, “Kill-kill everything in my way.” Her brain is well trained, but her heart sounds tired. Yours would be too after writing an album like The Pinkprint.
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