Posts Tagged: Rihanna

Album of the Week: Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN.

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With rumors and speculation about another new record dropping on the second Coachella weekend flying, Kendrick Lamar’s fourth studio album DAMN. (out via TDE/ Interscope) has already established itself as an instant classic.

Lamar, who prefers to identify as musician and a writer rather than a rapper, called his album “Very urgent.” DAMN.

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What I’ll Tell My Children: On Being ‘F***Able’ under the Regime of President-elect

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It’s time to take responsibility for compliancy. ...more

Rihanna’s Anti Capitalist Strategy

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Although it marks a turn away from the hit-heavy model of a record industry money-maker, Rihanna’s Anti is still a calculated capitalist move, and the Atlantic explains how. In an editorial examination of record release strategies, the Atlantic connects the dots between Samsung’s sponsorship of the new record and how Rihanna is making money by giving the new album away for free.

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The Rumpus Interview with Elisa Gabbert

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Author Elisa Gabbert talks about her books, The Self Unstable and The French Exit, diversity, publishing, whiteness, and writing in the Internet Age. ...more

Rihanna Talks Dolezal, Domestic Abuse, and Success

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In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Rihanna talks about her career up to this moment, going into depth about the ways in which she has seen worldwide success, public shaming, and private tragedy. She also begs the question of why so many were outraged in the moment of the Internet fallout regarding Dolezal’s ethnic heritage:

I think she was a bit of a hero, because she kind of flipped on society a little bit.

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Grace Jones Tells Everybody

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We’ve been looking forward to Grace Jones’s memoir, I’ll Never Write My Memoirs, since it was confirmed early this year, and the quotes leaking on the Internet (via Dazed Digital, among others) haven’t disappointed. As far as we can tell, she eloquently calls out the mainstream music industry’s claim to “outsider” or “innovator” status like the sage she is:

The problem with the Doris’ and the Nicki Minaj’s and Miley’s is that they reach their goal very quickly.

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Rewrite, Reboot, Remix

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Rewriting the classics has become a stale and risk-averse strategy. But that shouldn’t spoil the fun of our larger culture of remixing. ...more

Kill Them All

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Arielle Bernstein, Rumpus Film/TV/Media and Saturday Editor, writes about Rihanna, bitches, and blood over at Salon:

Women are raised on images of toxic masculinity just like the men around us are. Many of us also played “Grand Theft Auto” and watched great films featuring tons of sexualized violence against women: “Last Tango in Paris,” “A Clockwork Orange,” “Goodfellas,” “Wolf of Wall Street” —the list goes on and on.

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