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August 22nd, 2011 - 2:49 am § in Freelance Work

How Wale’s New Mixtape Crashed HulkShare – Arts Desk – Washington City Paper

Soon after Wale took to Twitter with the news that fans could download his latest mixtape, the download page crashed. via How Wale’s New Mixtape Crashed HulkShare – Arts Desk – Washington City Paper.[...]

February 24th, 2010 - 8:08 pm § in True/Slant

Raaaaaaaandy's 'Aaaaaaaangry (with eight A's)' is Okaaaaaaaay

Yesterday, comedian Aziz Ansari dropped a little gem from his forthcoming mixtape collaboration with TV On The Radio‘s Dave Sitek entitled “Aaaaaaaangry (with eight A’s).” Rather, it’s an almost-gem. Ansari’s rhymes are surprisingly solid and flow with ease thanks[...]

December 10th, 2009 - 6:58 pm § in True/Slant

The Best Free Albums of 2009

The new year is almost here, and with it comes a maelstrom of “End of the Year Lists.” Here on Ex-Spectator, I’ll be rolling out a few “End of the Year”/”End of the Decade” lists. Today’s list: The Best Free Albums, EPs and Mixtapes of 2009. Since Radiohead made the pay-what-you-want[...]

November 10th, 2009 - 2:44 am § in True/Slant

Wale, Black Star and the Zunguzung Meme

There’s something so familiar about Wale’s “TV in the Radio” that it didn’t strike me until just now, late in the evening when I should be fast asleep. Yes, the song is catchy as all else, but seems so grounded in a historical sense of hip-hop. Something fresh, yet some[...]

November 9th, 2009 - 7:27 pm § in True/Slant

Wale – "TV in the Radio"

I mentioned Wale as a saving grace in hip-hop when I critiqued the “death” of hip-hop. Well, tomorrow the D.C.-Metro area rapper will drop his official debut album, Attention Deficit. So, what’s the word on the album? The New York Times‘s Jon Pareles gave the album a pretty g[...]

November 2nd, 2009 - 1:24 am § in True/Slant

The role of music journalism, or why does everyone want to kill hip-hop?

The New Yorker’s Sasha Frere-Jones recently caught flack for a piece titled “Wrapping Up.” Frere-Jones began the joint review of Jay-Z’s The Blueprint 3 and Freddie Gibbs’ Midwestgangstaboxframecadillacmuzik with a pretty heady assertion: That hip-hop – gasp – is dead! If I had to pick[...]

December 12th, 2008 - 2:10 am § in Perfect Lines

Top o' 2008

A countdown of the best albums of 2008, in all their colors.[...]

July 30th, 2008 - 2:39 am § in Perfect Lines

Nothing About Vonnegut

Sometimes life feels like a Kurt Vonnegut book, the way seemingly random events and lineages come together in unknown ways. It also helps when you checking out a heaping helping of Vonnegut novels from the library and his particular method of story-telling seeps into your life. Let me explain: Havin[...]



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