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Marcy, You Don’t Stop: Roc-a-Fella’s Kareem Burke on Re-Creating Jay Z’s Brooklyn Apartment

In honor of the recent 20th anniversary of Jay Z’s debut album, Reasonable Doubt, we’re publishing a series of pieces looking at the rapper’s singular…
Rebecca Haithcoat / June 30, 2016

I’m Afraid of the Future: Jay Z’s Second Act

In honor of the recent 20th anniversary of Jay Z’s debut album, Reasonable Doubt, we’re publishing a series of pieces looking at the rapper’s singular…
Paul Thompson / June 29, 2016

So Tight Their Lovin’ Squeaked: Aerosmith Were Too Good to Ever Be Cool

There was a time not so long ago, in a pre-Trump, pre-Brexit world, when a mythically thin line between stupid and clever existed. Not to…
Dan Weiss / June 29, 2016

Dave Holmes: The Seven Most Important Videos From My Tenure at ‘TRL’

Dave Holmes may not have technically won MTV's inaugural Wanna Be a VJ contest in 1998 (he was famously the runner-up to the spindly, spiky-haired Jesse Camp),…
SPIN Staff / June 28, 2016

Once in a ‘Lifetime’: Why ‘Vol. 1′ Remains Jay Z’s Forgotten Masterpiece

In honor of the recent 20th anniversary of Jay Z's debut album, Reasonable Doubt, we're publishing a series of pieces looking at the rapper's singular…
Tyrone Palmer / June 28, 2016

From Lukewarm to Hot: Video Director Steve Carr on Capturing the Early Life and Times of Jay Z

In honor of the recent 20th anniversary of Jay Z's debut album, Reasonable Doubt, we're publishing a series of pieces looking at the rapper's singular…
Andrew Unterberger / June 27, 2016

‘Vinyl’ Sucked Because Its Fictional Artists Sucked

Despite an exorbitant budget, decades-long production history, prestige casting, and the involvement of a couple of the most famous entertainers of the past 50 years,…
Andrew Unterberger / June 24, 2016

The Hustler’s Manual: Jay Z’s Producers Remember Making ‘Reasonable Doubt’

In honor of the recent 20th anniversary of Jay Z's debut album, Reasonable Doubt, we're publishing a series of pieces looking at the rapper's singular…
Brian Josephs / June 24, 2016

The SPIN Interview: Kathleen Hanna

At 47, Kathleen Hanna has demolished punk and rebuilt it several times over in the name of grrrls everywhere. Fronting her zine-turned-seminal-band Bikini Kill, she…
Dan Weiss / June 23, 2016

Marc Maron: Man on Fire

Marc Maron is old school. He's been around. He was a stand-up comic for 30 years, working the circuit when it was a circuit, an…
Bob Guccione Jr. / June 22, 2016

Martin Starr Can Get You Blink-182 Tickets (But He Might Stay Home)

There's no mistaking Martin Starr's voice. The 33-year-old actor has built a career out of playing deadpan, Daria-like characters who communicate in monotone. Among them: a…
Rachel Brodsky / June 22, 2016

Too Past, Too Present, and Too Future: The Timeline Confusion of DJ Shadow

If you've read anything about DJ Shadow's activity in the half-decade between the release of his fourth album, 2011's The Less You Know, the Better,…
Andrew Unterberger / June 17, 2016

Dearly Beloved: Bat for Lashes on Becoming ‘The Bride’

At the last minute, the Bride was forced to postpone her march to the altar. Natasha Khan, who records as Bat for Lashes, was scheduled to…
Kyle McGovern / June 16, 2016

The NYPD’s Anti-Hip-Hop Stance Isn’t New: A Timeline

On May 25, New York hip-hop suffered a tragedy when a shooting at T.I.'s Irving Plaza concert killed rapper Troy Ave's bodyguard, Ronald McPhatter. Troy Ave…
Brian Josephs / June 15, 2016

Take Me Back to Dear Old Jersey: Chris Gethard on the Smiths’ ‘The Queen Is Dead’

One of America's funniest boys with the thorn in his side, comedian Chris Gethard may be best known for creating and hosting the anarchic call-in…
Andrew Unterberger / June 14, 2016

Jukebox Jury: Esperanza Spalding on Writing an Opera and Doris Day’s Street Cred

On first listen, the final song on Esperanza Spalding’s Emily’s D+Evolution feels very familiar, but that sense of comfort gets warped into something more sinister and…
Connor O'Brien / June 13, 2016

Let’s Eat Grandma: An Alchemic Pop Duo With an Unbreakable Bond

Best friends Jenny Hollingworth and Rosa Walton have the same favorite composers: Mozart and Debussy, which they like to pronounce "De Boosie." They themselves go by…
Anna Gaca / June 10, 2016

YG: Mama He’s Brazy

YG has gone full vegan. Grill-the-waiter-about-GMOs vegan. Pose-for-PETA vegan. And right now, the Compton rapper — the one who has tattoos snaking up to his…
Rebecca Haithcoat / June 9, 2016

Kiefer Sutherland Talks Being a Young Gun in Country Music, Shares New ‘Can’t Stay Away’

For a man who's spent a three-decade career playing vampires, assassins, Musketeers, and counter-terrorist agents, performing the role of a country-music singer would seem like…
Andrew Unterberger / June 9, 2016

Trip Metal Fest: Smoke Machines and Busted Eardrums

As a study in contradictions, the Mexicantown region of Detroit delivers. A lush, sprawling park sits next to rows of vacant brick buildings and lots…
Raymond Cummings / June 8, 2016
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