The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

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Mark Romanek is one of the great directors in music-video history. He did Nine Inch Nails’ “Closer” and Beck’s “Devil’s Haircut” and Fiona Apple’s “Criminal” and Jay-Z’s “99 Problems” and Johnny Cash’s “Hurt.” His video for Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” was seriously problematic in a lot of ways, and also just plain annoying, … More »

Quavo & Nicki Minaj – “She For Keeps” Video

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Nicki Minaj and Quavo teamed up for a song called “She For Keeps” on Quality Control’s first mixtape, Control The Streets, which came out last month, and today that track has gotten a video to go along with it. Both Minaj and Quavo appear, playing telephone tag with some landlines and chunky cellphones before … More »

The 2018 State Of Pop Address

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“Nothing changes on New Year’s Day.” So saith Bono at the dawn of 1983, and he was right — to a point. Flipping the calendar doesn’t initiate any grand transition. The morning after the ball drops, life is right back where we left it. But in another sense, everything changes all the time. Organisms grow. More »

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

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There’s something beautifully perverse about Father John Misty making such a regular prestigey music video for “Leaving LA,” a song that’s 13 minutes long. It’s a beautifully shot video of an amazing song, but who has 13 minutes for that? Who has the patience to keep staring at this particular YouTube video for that … More »

The 11 Juiciest Music Beefs Of 2017

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Twitter beefs had a landmark year thanks to the election of a narcissist with a fragile ego as our Commander-in-Chief. But unlike the style of online squabbles we’ve all grown fond of, the ones Trump started could not simply be watched with delight and your favorite popcorn gif (the “Thriller” one is the … More »

Quavo & Nicki Minaj – “She For Keeps”

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The hip-hop label Quality Control just released its first-ever mixtape, Control The Streets, and one of the tracks on it is a collaboration between Nicki Minaj and Migos’ Quavo. (Cardi B and Offset also have a song on it.) The two just also teamed up for the “Motor Sport” video that … More »

Migos – “Motor Sport” (Feat. Nicki Minaj & Cardi B) Video

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Migos teamed up with two other big rap stars, cardi B and Nicki Minaj, on the recent single “Motor Sport.” And now they’ve all gotten together again for the song’s accompanying music video, a slick, futuristic affair full of lots of expensive cars that basically aims for the “Tron, but a rap video” aesthetic. More »

Lil Uzi Vert – “The Way Life Goes (Remix)” Video (Feat. Nicki Minaj)

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Last month, Lil Uzi Vert released a new remix of his Luv Is Rage 2 track “The Way Life Goes” featuring a verse from Nicki Minaj, and today that version of the song has a video to go along with it. In the DAPS-directed vid, Lil Uzi Vert is tied up to a … More »

Nicki Minaj’s Brother Convicted In Child Rape Trial

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The brother of rapper Nicki Minaj was convicted Thursday of predatory sexual assault after being charged with repeatedly raping an 11-year-old girl at his Long Island home. More »

Big K.R.I.T., Rapsody, Yelawolf, And The Changing Nature Of Southern Rap

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Big K.R.I.T. has always sounded like a throwback, but when we first met him, you could sound like a throwback and also sound like the future. Seven years ago, I interviewed an ascendent K.R.I.T., just after he released his breakout K.R.I.T. Wuz Here mixtape and just before he announced that he’d signed with … More »