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Usher Tackles Police Brutality in Second “Chains” Music Video

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Usher first premiered “Chains” last October, a little over a year after releasing the Juicy J-assisted stripper-empowerment anthem “I Don’t Mind” at the end of 2014. “Chains,” which features contributions from Nas and Bibi Bourelly, is a decidedly political anthem that meditates on the current state of police brutality—specifically as it relates to Black men. In the chorus, Usher painstakingly repeats the line, “We still in chains. You put the shame on us.”
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The Top 15 Hip-Hop Supergroups of All Time

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The idea of a supergroup is simple: a few popular artists get together, make some music, realize they like each other, and if they can combine their audiences, $$$. We see it happen all the time in rock ‘n’ roll, but the dynamic of a rock band can make it difficult for rock supergroups to succeed as anything other than a cash grab. But hip-hop is a different story.
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Staff Picks: ‘The Grinder,’ ‘Room,’ and Adult Coloring

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Need a great book to read, album to listen to, or TV show to get hooked on? The Flavorwire team is here to help: in this weekly feature, our editorial staffers recommend the cultural object or experience they’ve enjoyed most in the past seven days. Click through for our picks, and tell us what you’ve been loving in the comments.
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Word Is Bond: The Double and Triple Meanings of Joey Bada$$’s ‘B4.DA.$$’

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Like every utterance that passes through Joey Bada$$’s lips, the title of his debut album, B4.DA.$$ — read “Before the Money” as well as “Bada$$” — is double or triple meant. It’s a statement album: he wants you to know who he is and where he came from. But it’s also a promise. If everything goes right, this album will document Bada$$’s frame of mind precisely before he makes a bunch of money. The idea seems to have worked. Last week, the album debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard charts, placing it ahead of all other rap releases, including new records by Lil Wayne and Lupe Fiasco. Given, too, that Malia Obama recently posted a selfie featuring a Pro Era T-shirt, it’s perhaps only a matter of time before Bada$$ gets the $3 million deal he’s been seeking — he famously won’t sign to a major label for less.
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The 50 Worst Albums Ever Made

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As far as music goes, “the worst” is a slippery category: the worst album of all time was probably made by some godawful crunkcore/pop-punk band in a garage somewhere in 2004 and never saw a formal release. Still, there are better-known records that, for whatever reason, you never, ever want to hear again — the songs are awful, the band’s awful, the music’s awful, or all of the above! So, in the (lighthearted) spirit of our recent list of the worst films ever made, here’s a completely subjective list of the worst albums ever …Read More

50 Cultural Icons on Their Favorite Books

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Everybody loves a good book. Yes, everybody — even the rich, famous and culturally relevant. And since there’s nothing better than a book recommendation from someone you already idolize, why not check out which ones they count as their favorites? Maybe you’ll wind up finding out that you have even more in common with Lady Gaga than you thought. Click through to find out which books your favorite cultural icons, from Bill Murray to Joan Didion to Nas, love best — and get to padding that reading …Read More