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Posts tagged Kanye West
Donald Glover, Kanye West, and the ills of fame with Rhyanna Morgan | WSH Radio (Ep. 9)

Project curator Larry J. Sanders shares his opinions on Donald Glover's rise to mainstream prominence (4:00) and the recent jump to compare Glover to Kanye West (18:30). Later, TV + film critic Rhyanna Morgan joins to discuss Kanye's recent behavior (27:30), the newness of Childish Gambino's character (31:40), and our overexposure to celebrities in 2018 (34:50).

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Mel Washington on J. Cole, standom, Starbucks + other related topics (Ep. 8)

Originally recorded April 21, project curator Larry J. Sanders welcomes Melvin Washington to discuss the new J. Cole album (4:40), Cole as social media punchline (6:30), whether fame and authenticity can mesh (16:40), standom and its effect on art (20:45), the Starbucks controversy (25:55), and how to keep systemic issues in the national conversation in 2018 (30:00).

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Rhyanna Morgan + William Garner on 'Atlanta', music tech & Kanye West | WSH Radio (Ep. 7)

Project curator Larry J. Sanders is joined by television and film critic Rhyanna Morgan and project contributor William Garner to discuss the current season of Atlanta (3:00), the transition from CDs to digital music (17:15), re-rank our favorite Kanye West albums (26:20), Lupe Fiasco’s legacy (36:00), and Big Sean’s “corniness” (41:00).

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Lórenzo J’s Mid-Aughts Music Review, Week 2

Ironically — or maybe not — their beef came at the apex of each rappers’ career: Paper Trail is T.I.’s last #1 album on the Billboard Hot 100, and Shawty Lo never saw that kind of mainstream attention on his music again. I might’ve found Tip’s responses petty, but he probably saw a guy he knew and respected and, most importantly, wanted his spot; this guy from down the block might’ve never held T.I.’s universal appeal, but he could threaten his neighborhood status, and that was enough to merit comebacks that were, frankly, mean. It never got violent, and everything ended well enough, but it was a juicy rap storyline in 2008 for sure.

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Finally Famous: The Essay

You hear Big Sean rap “hit after hit / check the batting average” on “Moves,” track six on his forthcoming I Decided., and you’re forced to recognize that, no, those aren't alternative facts. He’s on an incredible winning streak. TWENTY88, his joint project with his buddy Jhené Aiko, very nearly made my 2016 list of favorite albums, and “Bounce Back” is one of the five best things he’s ever done, hands down. It’s so much fun watching him right now; he’s in a zone, more confident than he’s ever been, and definitely aware that all he can do is be the best version of himself. I do believe Sean was always cognizant of the lack of respect he’d be given in comparison with his contemporaries, but it’s clear now that he doesn’t care. He beat the odds: he’s made it to his fourth album while a ton of his peers have been one-and-done, if they even get that far.

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Thoughts on Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor, 10 Years Later

Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor released on September 19, 2006. I was a 14-year-old black boy who, at that moment, didn’t quite fit in anywhere. But Food & Liquor quickly became the soundtrack of my freshman year of high school. I’m terrible at rapping, but I’ve always fancied myself a poet; I love crafting the perfect sentence, and it was clear this not-tough nerd from Chicago loved words just as much – if not more – than this not-tough nerd from the westside of Detroit.

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