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Beyoncé's Year of Peace and Misunderstanding
From “Formation” onwards, the singer tried to build bridges while celebrating her identity—and revealed just how divided the country is.
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Superstars May Be Rebelling Against the Grammys
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No. 20 Because Young M.A Makes Them Go Ooouuu.
LAUREN SCHWARTZBERG “ONCE I LET IT OUT, I was like, man, I’m saying whatever now. You can’t tell me nothing now,” says Young M.A, the rapper from Brooklyn, as she grabs a chip and turns toward me on the white leather couch in the greenroom of The We
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Run The Jewels Enter Their Blue Period
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On The Record
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The Best Albums Of 2016
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M.I.A., One Last Time
The pop provocateur says good-bye.
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How Muslims Defined American 'Cool'
A conversation with the Purdue University professor Su’ad Abdul Khabeer, whose new book documents the connection between Islam and hip-hop culture in the United States
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Even With Baz Luhrmann Behind It, the Get Down Misses Too Many Beats
THE GET DOWN, NETFLIX’S NEW series about the birth of hip-hop, has an unlikely lead character, one who feels things too deeply to speak up. Besieged by the decay of 1977 New York City as envisioned by co-creators Baz Luhrmann and Stephen Adly Guirgis
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This Was Also the Year of Citizen Heroes in Latin America
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Is Rap Making a Comeback in Uzbekistan?
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