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Critical Voices: Childish Gambino, <i>“Awaken, My Love!”</i>

Critical Voices: Childish Gambino, “Awaken, My Love!”


The first single from Childish Gambino’s latest album “Awaken, My Love!” was released with little fanfare: a Youtube video of an eerie, gleeful, blue face, accompanied by a song entitled “Me and Your Mama.” However, the buzz around the song immediately snowballed beyond its understated release. “Me and Your Mama” is unlike anything Childish has…

Critical Voices: The Weeknd, <i>Starboy</i>

Critical Voices: The Weeknd, Starboy


Abel Tesfaye, popularly known as The Weeknd, spared no expense to publicize his latest album: teasing with singles, mysterious music videos, a conspicuously star-studded list of features, and a twelve-minute video entitled simply “MANIA.” The extravagance of Tesfaye’s preparation for his latest album’s release is indicative of his attitude throughout the album. Starboy is opulent….

Critical Voices: OG Maco, <i>For Scott</i>

Critical Voices: OG Maco, For Scott


OG Maco, a prolific underground MC who shot to the spotlight with his 2014 track, “U Guessed It,” has an unexpected pair of role models: Black Sabbath and Kid Cudi. In the past, rappers have relied heavily on jazz influences, from A Tribe Called Quest’s “Jazz” (1991) to Kendrick Lamar’s work with Kamasi Washington, Thundercat,…

Weekly List: And All that Jazz

Weekly List: And All that Jazz


Jazz is one of the most resilient forms of music, surviving and staying relevant through world wars, cultural revolutions, the frosted tips of the early 2000s, and now the explosion of electronics in music. The following are best new jazz tunes out there, fusing jazz, electronic, punk, and soul into a wild good time. This…

Critical Voices: Mick Jenkins, <i>The Healing Component</i>

Critical Voices: Mick Jenkins, The Healing Component


Joining the ranks of reborn Christian rappers including Chance the Rapper, Kanye West, and Kendrick Lamar, Mick Jenkins paints a bold picture of himself in his debut studio album, The Healing Component. In his album, Jenkins tries to use his impressive lyrical chops and musical versatility to teach his audience how to love again. He…

Critical Voices: Young Thug, <i>Jeffery</i>

Critical Voices: Young Thug, Jeffery


After the release of two mixtapes, a modeling gig with Calvin Klein alongside Frank Ocean, and features on Kanye West’s extremely popular The Life of Pablo, Young Thug has dropped his latest mixtape, Jeffery, released on September 16. Immediately evident about the work is Young Thug’s intention to take his music in a new direction,…

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