MUSIC

13 of the Most Controversial Music Videos Ever

From Kanye West to Madonna, these gory and graphic clips got people talking — for better or for worse.

Music videos are a perfect opportunity to expand the story of a song.

The best music videos can showcase killer choreography, Halloween-ready attire, or movie levels of cinematic gold; others can spark controversies, no matter how well-intended. Whether centered around copious bloodshed or near-pornographic nudity (sorry, Mom and Dad), there's one thing all controversial music videos have in common: They get people talking.

Here are 13 music videos released over the past 30-plus years that have sparked disputes. Watch at your own risk.

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Culture Feature

12 of the Best Political Voices in Hip-Hop

There's a potent strain of leftist politics woven into the history of rap and hip hop, and these artists have been pushing it harder than ever in recent years.

With all the negative attention that Kanye West has been earning for himself in recent days...and months...and years, it's important to remember that he is a political outlier.

The vast majority of the time when rappers involve themselves in politics, they do not align themselves with figures like Donald Trump. There is a long tradition of hip hop artists using their platforms to call attention to important social movements and endorse liberatory left-wing politics.

These 12 artists are some of the most significant voices in hip hop and politics who have made serious efforts to spread important messages, and in some cases have done a lot more than that.

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TV News

Watch Donald Glover Virtually Reunite with "Community" Cast

Glover and his co-stars did a virtual table read for charity.

Whether it be for class, a virtual happy hour, or reuniting the cast of a beloved TV sitcom, webcams have become the mode of communication du jour.

Universities and businesses nationwide have turned their lessons and meetings to Zoom, but the video-chatting app has also been used by high-profile actors who, like us plebs, are spending lots of time at home. We've seen the cast of Netflix's Big Mouth read an episode, and the folks of Parks and Recreation reunited after half a decade since the series finale. Now, it's time for a brief homecoming for the cast of Community, including an appearance from Donald Glover—who left halfway through the show's fifth season to work on Because the Internet, the second album under his Childish Gambino alias.

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MUSIC

Donald Glover Shared Surprise New Album–Then It Disappeared

The artist best known as Childish Gambino shared a new album online...for a few hours.

Now that his former client, Andrew Yang, is out of the presidential race, how has Donald Glover been spending his time?

Making new music...kind of. Over the weekend, the polymathic artist best known as Childish Gambino uploaded a collection of music to a website called DonaldGloverPresents.com, including his 2018 track "Feels Like Summer" in addition to a plethora of new tunes (with features from Ariana Grande and 21 Savage). But now, a few hours later, the music has disappeared.

Glover's last album was 2016's Awaken, My Love!, which received an Album of the Year Grammy nomination. He signed with RCA back in 2018, just before releasing his Internet-breaking hit "This Is America," which won both Song and Record of the Year at the Grammys. He's long maintained that he'd retire the Childish Gambino moniker, but it's not apparent which name he's using for his music going forward.

In dire times like these, he really couldn't have let us just have this one nice thing?

TV

Everything We Know About "Atlanta" Seasons 3 and 4

One of the best shows on TV will return next year.

Donald Glover's surrealist masterpiece Atlanta is coming back.

But we'll just have to wait for it. Since Season 2 dropped in 2018, fans have been waiting with bated breath to hear when (or if) the show will return, and now we know that we're officially getting seasons 3 and 4.

There's a catch, though; the next two seasons won't drop until 2021. However, season 3 will be longer than the first two seasons, featuring ten episodes instead of eight. Even better, both seasons will be filmed at the same time, so the two will likely drop in rapid succession.

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"The plan is that one would air I think in January, so early next year. And then the other would air, I think, later that year, somewhere around the fall," said John Landgraff, the CEO of FX. "There'll be less than a year break between them."

As for the plot, apparently some of Atlanta's next installments might be taking place far outside the city that gives the show its name. Season 2 ended with Paper Boi receiving an offer from Clark County, a rapper who invited Alfred to tour with him, and it seems that the third season will pick up where the previous one left off, following Paper Boi and crew on a European tour.

This summer, Glover explained that the third season of Atlanta will be more accessible than the previous seasons. "I align the seasons I think, to me, like Kanye records," he stated. "I feel like this is our 'Graduation.' This is probably our most accessible but also the realest — an honest version of it — and I feel like the most enjoyable, like the third album."

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The past eight episodes, which comprised "Atlanta Robbin' Season," were not exactly accessible. Featuring a horrifically beautiful sequence that starred Donald Glover as a reclusive murderer in whiteface, a bizarre party at Drake's house juxtaposed against a discussion of simulation theory, a stint in haunted woods, and many more labyrinthine misadventures, Atlanta season 2 set the bar stratospherically high. There are few shows that portray both absurdity and reality with such precision and elegance, and so even if we have to wait for the next season, whatever comes next will be worth the delay.

In the meantime, Glover—who writes, executive produces, directs, and stars in Atlanta—has had a busy few years, so he can be forgiven for the delay. He played Simba in The Lion King, released music that included the Grammy-winning single "This Is America," headlined Coachella, and even announced that he was joining the campaign of presidential candidate Andrew Yang as creative consultant. If anyone knows how to bend and shape media to his will, it's Glover, and so his endorsement could potentially have significant influence on the race.

Regardless, by the time 2021 rolls around, we'll have a new president—which could be good or bad—but either way, we know we'll be able to laugh, cry, cringe, and dance along to more Atlanta come the next New Year.

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