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The Weeknd falls down rabbit hole with ‘Starboy’

By trying to fix something that wasn’t broken, The Weeknd, real name Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, breaks it all with Starboy — our hearts, our ears and his soul. Somewhere amid the 18 tracks, we lose The Weeknd, and The Weeknd loses us. But rather than heading off into the elusive darkness
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Lost in Confusion

A couple of weeks ago in my English discussion section, I drew a connection between the novel we were reading and David Foster Wallace. I raised my voice a little more than usual while maintaining a steady, low-toned level of sophisticated elocution to make sure everyone else was aware of
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Reasons why rapper Nelly is an artistic genius

We rarely recognize a great work of art when we see it for the first time. For instance, Moby Dick was published in 1851, but it took more than half a century for critics to realize that the novel is a literary masterpiece. In the same way, it’s taken me
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Hip-hop hour: The puzzling genius of T-Pain

In our age of rapid technological advancement, there is only one question left to ask: “Who is T-Pain?” No, really. Who is he? Does anyone know? His real name is Faheem Rashad Najm. He’s been happily married for 12 years, and he has three beautiful kids. Did you know any
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