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In Eric Weisbard's Songbooks, a deep dive into American pop music by way of the writers, critics who have addressed it
Arts & Culture

In Eric Weisbard's Songbooks, a deep dive into American pop music by way of the writers, critics who have addressed it

Songbooks sounds straightforward. Weisbard has gone back and reread more than 150 volumes, classics and oddities of American music writing. In chronological order, he chews through biographies, memoirs, song collections and academic studies, from William Billings’ The New-England Psalm-Singer (1770) through Jay-Z’s memoir Decoded (2010).

In Mexico's Matamoros, migrants seek safe haven with Abraham Barberi, the 'hip-hop pastor'
World

In Mexico's Matamoros, migrants seek safe haven with Abraham Barberi, the 'hip-hop pastor'

The pastor was himself once an illegal migrant, involved in drug trafficking and crime, and had spent time in prison. Now, with his Bible study centre empty due to COVID-19, he found he could not say no.

Nas, LL Cool J attend ceremony to launch capital campaign for new Universal Hip Hop Museum in the Bronx
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Nas, LL Cool J attend ceremony to launch capital campaign for new Universal Hip Hop Museum in the Bronx

The museum is part of a $349 million mixed-use project along the waterfront in the South Bronx.

DMX was a ruff rider from start to finish; the American rapper’s music endures for its aggression
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DMX was a ruff rider from start to finish; the American rapper’s music endures for its aggression

The essence of DMX as a hip-hop artist emerges as one who could balance violent, toughened delivery with give-a-damn melodies worked in with his distinctly gravelly voice.

DMX death: Reactions pour in from hip hop artists Nas, Eve, Snoop Dogg, Chingy
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DMX death: Reactions pour in from hip hop artists Nas, Eve, Snoop Dogg, Chingy

It’s so sad to hear about the passing of DMX. He was a true legend to the hip-hop community. I was individually inspired by him from his unique style, said rapper Chingy in a statement.

Ava DuVernay fills an important formative gap in California’s hip-hop history through Netflix documentary This Is The Life
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Ava DuVernay fills an important formative gap in California’s hip-hop history through Netflix documentary This Is The Life

Ava DuVernay's This Is the Life is a refreshing portrait of a 1990s California hip-hop subculture that thrived separately from gangsta rap

DIVINE talks new album Punya Paap, creative drive: 'This is our chance, there cannot be any blocks'
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DIVINE talks new album Punya Paap, creative drive: 'This is our chance, there cannot be any blocks'

Fully in the driver’s seat with Punya Paap, the rapper never thinks about creative blocks. “We came from a place and genre was never there,” DIVINE says. “It was do or die for us.”

No Khalistani hand in farmers protest; separatist movement presently undergoing existential crisis
India

No Khalistani hand in farmers protest; separatist movement presently undergoing existential crisis

There’s been no time in our recent history when it has been more important to have a genuine conversation on what went wrong in Punjab, and why — but that would take real courage, something which comes a lot less easily than outrage

Kanye West calls music industry 'modern-day slavery', tweets pages of his recording contracts
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Kanye West calls music industry 'modern-day slavery', tweets pages of his recording contracts

Kanye West shared a series of tweets to criticise Universal Records and Sony, demanding their overly complicated contracts be "simplified now"

Rapper SVDP talks 'One Hundred Thousand Flowers': Why single on Sri Lankan civil war is his most important song yet
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Rapper SVDP talks 'One Hundred Thousand Flowers': Why single on Sri Lankan civil war is his most important song yet

34 years after his family fled the Sri Lankan civil war, Toronto-based Tamil rapper SVDP has foregrounded the violence inflicted on his community, with Made in Jaffna, his third album.

The 'danger' of Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion's WAP: Critics are afraid of women's audacity to own their sexual satisfaction
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The 'danger' of Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion's WAP: Critics are afraid of women's audacity to own their sexual satisfaction

WAP remains an important, and in some ways familiar, discussion about the appropriate path to women’s liberation.

RTJ4 review: Run the Jewels' cathartic new album makes for an empowering weapon of civil disobedience
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RTJ4 review: Run the Jewels' cathartic new album makes for an empowering weapon of civil disobedience

Just when it felt like we were short of words, Run The Jewels' Killer Mike and El-P offer us a free catalogue of protest poetry with RTJ4

Raja Kumari on documenting Indian culture through her music: If we don't keep passing it down, it will be a travesty
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Raja Kumari on documenting Indian culture through her music: If we don't keep passing it down, it will be a travesty

Raja Kumari talks her new track 'Bindis and Bangles,' the influence of Indian culture and classical dance, and expressing her identity through music.

A more democratic art? How the digital sphere is shaping culture and counter-culture in India
Life

A more democratic art? How the digital sphere is shaping culture and counter-culture in India

In blurring the divides between mainstream culture, alternative subcultures, and the grassroots counterculture, the internet is reducing elitism that comes with homogenous cultural consumption and moulding India’s cultural sensibility in a decidedly democratic way.

Netflix's Yeh Ballet trailer traces two Mumbai boys' journey to become renowned dancers in Sooni Taraporevala's film
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Netflix's Yeh Ballet trailer traces two Mumbai boys' journey to become renowned dancers in Sooni Taraporevala's film

Yeh Ballet  is inspired by the true story of two boys from humble backgrounds in Mumbai, who make their way to prestigious international ballet schools.

Music trends of the decade: The Spotify effect, Lana Del Rey's summertime sadness, Kanye vs Kendrick and genre fluidity
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Music trends of the decade: The Spotify effect, Lana Del Rey's summertime sadness, Kanye vs Kendrick and genre fluidity

From streaming services to the globalisation of pop and from the rise of hip-hop to the changing face of rock, music trends of the decade.

Canadian-Indian duo Cartel Madras on new EP, Age of the Goonda: 'The beats we use aren't feminised'
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Canadian-Indian duo Cartel Madras on new EP, Age of the Goonda: 'The beats we use aren't feminised'

'A lot of people have these terrible ideas of what they want us to look like or what they want us to be,' say Canadian-Indian hip hop duo Cartel Madras.

MTV Hustle: India's rap revolution gets a reality TV boost with Nucleya, Raja Kumari, Raftaar
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MTV Hustle: India's rap revolution gets a reality TV boost with Nucleya, Raja Kumari, Raftaar

Where Gully Boy pitched typical melodrama and fanfare around the lives of kids who picked up rapping, producing, b-boying and graffiti as a means of expression, Hustle expectedly brings the reality TV format to the same lot.

Gully Life: Behind the scenes of the compelling new documentary that traces the rise of DIVINE
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Gully Life: Behind the scenes of the compelling new documentary that traces the rise of DIVINE

By the end of the 50-odd minute documentary, the parts that resonate most are those pertaining to DIVINE’s personal life

Music Inc. 2.0: 2019 edition features conversations on India's pop culture, role of OTT platforms
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Music Inc. 2.0: 2019 edition features conversations on India's pop culture, role of OTT platforms

Music Inc. 2.0 kicked off on World Music Day 2019 and witnessed panel discussions on enhancing brand experiences, technology and design in music, the role of OTT platforms and the significance of regional content while connecting with local networks