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SXSW 2017: A Jovially Drunk Mike WiLL Made-It and 2 Chainz Were the Best Part of Last Night

Perhaps the most unapologetically 2 Chainz moment during his SXSW headlining appearance at Emo’s came when he queued up his latest single "It’s a Vibe,"
Brian Josephs / March 17, 2017

SXSW 2017: Saba on Personal Loss and Instilling Hope Through Hip-Hop

Saba is an exciting young voice—literally speaking, his dulcet tone is entrancing, and you'd have to make an effort to not be pulled into the melodic…
Brian Josephs / March 17, 2017

SXSW 2017: Kweku Collins Talks Upcoming grey EP, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Being a Black Introvert

With the reality of the internet, "scenes" and "genres" feel like they're becoming increasingly outdated concepts. Consider Lil Uzi Vert's quest to blend hip-hop and emo signifiers…
Brian Josephs / March 16, 2017

The Very Real Ghosts Are the Least Unsettling Thing About the Masterful Personal Shopper

Oliver Assayas has been making films for over 30 years, and even for well-versed fans, his movies are consistently perplexing. His latest movie, Personal Shopper, is in…
Winston Cook-Wilson / March 15, 2017

Digital Crate Digging: Jacques Greene on Flute Rap, Acid House, and Synths That Sound Like Ecstasy

The word "producer," in the context of dance music in 2017, usually brings to mind a solitary man or woman, cranking out tracks with a…
Andy Cush / March 14, 2017

Jeopardy! Head Writer Billy Wisse On Those Viral Music Questions and Making Alex Trebek Rap

Alex Trebek doesn't actually know everything. Behind the Jeopardy! host, of course, is a staff of writers coming up with the clues that Trebek reads so astutely,…
Brian Josephs / March 10, 2017

Pissed Jeans: Men Against Boys

Matt Korvette has only been to Big Gay Ice Cream in South Philadelphia once before. It’s 8 p.m. the evening after Valentine’s Day and the…
Maria Sherman / March 9, 2017

The Notorious B.I.G.: The Surreal Afterlife of a Hip-Hop Hero

This piece first ran as the cover story of the January 1998 issue of Spin. We are republishing the story in remembrance of the 20th anniversary…
Charles Aaron / March 9, 2017

Hurray For the Riff Raff’s Alynda Segarra on Beating Fear as An Activist Musician in the Age of Trump

Alynda Segarra is a musician and activist from New York City. As the singer, songwriter, and lead guitarist for the folk-rock band Hurray for the…
Alynda Segarra / March 8, 2017

Toshi Reagon: “We Have to Put Women at the Center of the Universe”

Toshi Reagon is known as a political musician, but her most consistent topic is love in all its forms. Her whispery, acoustic version of The…
Mikki Halpin / March 8, 2017

Everyone in America Should Watch The Kalief Browder Story

Kalief Browder’s story first came to the world through what might have appeared to be a standard-issue human-interest piece in The New…
Winston Cook-Wilson / March 2, 2017

James Blunt Is Great at Twitter, So We Asked Him About It

Tuesday afternoon, I sat down with British singer-songwriter James Blunt, an affable fellow with a Twitter streak so vicious Atlantic Records asked him to log off and stop terrorizing the fans.
Anna Gaca / March 2, 2017

Thundercat Has Worked With Everyone From Suicidal Tendencies to Kendrick Lamar. Here’s What He’s Learned.

32-year-old starcrosser Stephen Bruner—a.k.a. Thundercat—has the relatable surrealism of a George Clinton who lives next door. His kaleidoscopic output threads together the influences of jazz…
Brian Josephs / March 1, 2017

In the Fake News Era, Zardulu’s Media Manipulation Looks Even More Like the Real Thing

If you weren’t paying close attention, you might have missed an unbelievable news story that came out of rural northeastern Wisconsin last summer.
Andy Cush / March 1, 2017

In Jordan Peele’s Get Out, Well-Meaning White People Are the Scariest Monsters of Them All

Jordan Peele's debut feature film Get Out begins with an homage to one of the most famous horror movies of all…
Winston Cook-Wilson / February 27, 2017
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