The Sun-Sentinel is reporting that a Florida grand jury charged four men with first degree murder with a firearm and armed robbery with a firearm on Wednesday in the murder case of rapper XXXTentacion, whose real name was Jahseh Onfroy. One of the men, 22-year-old Michael Boatwright of Ft. Lauderdale, was initially arrested on drug […]

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When the public turns on you, it can be subtle, or it can be swift. We’ve seen a lot of sudden turns, politicians exposed in lurid sex scandals, celebrity drug and alcohol arrests, and worse. These stories all involve someone screwing up and suffering the attendant backlash. In media, the slight turn is more disorienting. […]

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After some initial flip-flopping on whether he’d release a new album this week, Chance the Rapper, not to be confused with any other Chance you might know, has just released four brand new songs, his first new releases of 2018. The very first track, ‘I Might Need Security’ demands the resignation of Chicago Mayor Rahm […]

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Nirvana hit ’90s teen culture like a bomb. The myth rock fans of a certain age always tell about the little Seattle trio that could and its David-and-Goliath battle to unseat poppy Cali hair metal to usher in the grunge era is only a half-truth. In its inaugural January 1992 Billboard chart–topping week, Nevermind surged […]

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The ink isn’t even dry on all the lawsuits still coming out from under the ash of Fyre Festival, and yet here we are a year later with a copycat. XO Music Festival was meant to be held this weekend in Antioch, California, headlined by a mix of golden-age rappers — Biz Markie, Flavor Flav, […]

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The ending of The Handmaid’s Tale’s second season was already frustrating enough. After two seasons of desperately trying to escape Gilead — where Elisabeth Moss’s June was forced into a life of rape, physical and emotional abuse, imprisonment, and being ripped from her daughters — she finally has a chance to get out. She stands […]

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You work a job long enough, and you start to pick up certain occupational perks. Doctors have steady hands. Shippers are great drivers and routers. Rappers are geniuses with words, but a more fascinating perk they possess is the ability to look cool in any environment, both literally and figuratively. Think of all the great […]

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You’ve been missing her like some kind of good thing that you enjoy very much. Fries? In a new Instagram video, Mandy Moore teases her return to music with a teeny tiny bit of audio. ’“Getting back to it. It’s time. I miss it,” the 47 Meters Down actress captioned the clip. “I’m not scared […]

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One of the most appealing qualities of New York City experimental band Gang Gang Dance is their magpie-like ability to incorporate a vast spectrum of references and styles. Over the last 15 years they’ve released music that touches on everything from dancehall to J-pop, without succumbing to hoary world-music clichés. Their brand of polychromatic electro-pop […]

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The MTV VMAs have increasingly become a sinking ship of irrelevance, save for whenever Taylor Swift does a thing or Rihanna makes Drake looks foolish. But this year, perhaps one woman can keep it afloat: Cardi B. She leads the 2018 nominations with ten — including for Artist of the Year, Video of the Year […]

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Russell Simmons has been accused of raping another woman, bringing the number of women who have accused him of varying degrees of sexual assault and harassment to over a dozen. Alexia Norton Jones, a model, actress, and granddaughter of publisher W.W. Norton, tells Variety that the music mogul allegedly raped her in 1990. She claims […]

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The new trailer for the long-gestating Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody finally shows Freddie Mercury’s queerness. After some fans criticized the initial trailer (below) for straight-washing Mercury’s life, this new preview (above) shows the glamour and bisexuality of the Queen frontman, alluding to his relationships with both men and women. Bohemian Rhapsody will rock a theater […]

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Never one to appear idle if only just for a couple weeks, Donald Glover has dropped two new surprise songs under his moniker Childish Gambino. And they’re both seasonally appropriate, each titled after summer. “Summertime Magic” and “Feels Like Summer” are a two-for-one deal packaged as an EP called Summer Pack. They’re less “This Is […]

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Baby Bardi has arrived! Cardi B has announced the birth of her first child with (secret) husband Offset, revealing her daughter’s gloriously on-brand name. Please welcome to the world Kulture Kiari Cephus, born on Tuesday. KULTURE! As in, for the culture. As in, the name of her daddy’s last two albums with Migos. As in, […]

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Last month, after Terry Crews testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee about his sexual assault, 50 Cent proceeded to belittle Crews’s assault in a since-deleted Instagram post. On Tuesday, 50 Cent appeared on The View and defended what he wrote … by saying he didn’t view Crews as an assault victim at the […]

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Tonight Charlie Puth made a special appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to plug an album that actually is too good to be true: Charlie Puth Sings ’90s Punk. This masterwork we’ll never get to actually own includes such epic ’90s bangers as Lit’s “My Own Worst Enemy,” the Offspring’s “The Kids Aren’t […]

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