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MUSIC MONDAY | Do You Got The Chills?

MARCH 12 | What you call feels, I call chills.

THE MIX | THE CHILLS

by Popdust

03.12.18 | Music is all about getting yourself conscious in a way that words can't do on their own. It raises the spirit to feel in the body, not only the mind. On the floor, in the pit, you are seduced by the beat. Syncing with your heart. This morning's mix is firstly a take over... of the chills.

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To Donald Trump: 5 Ways You're Actually a Flawless Being Doing a Beautiful, Unbelievable Job Right Now

You could resign if you want to, but then who will keep America so GD great?

With Donald Trump making a visit to Bangor, Maine today, the editorial board of the Portland Press Herald issued an op-ed calling for President Trump to resign.

The harshly critical piece entitled "To President Trump: You Should Resign Now" was framed as an open letter to the president and got straight to the point with this opening plea, "We're sorry that you decided to come to Maine, but since you are here, could you do us a favor? Resign."

In recent days even George W. Bush has been critical of President Trump's response to protests, so this new piece quickly became a trending topic on Twitter. Obviously this is another baseless attack from the lying news media—AKA lügenpresse. Considering how delicate our president's ego is—he's our special little guy—we can only hope that Donald Trump didn't see the letter; but just in case he did, it's worth writing another one to lift his spirits. So here's our best attempt—with lots of pictures and flattery to keep him reading:

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Skepta & Stormzy: scenes from the grime takeover of hip hop

MUSIC | "Let's turn New York into South London"

Andrew Karpan

Will the UK answer to US hip hop finally make in New York?

2017 just might be the year that grime, finally, makes it. Bubbling underground in the UK among post-rave aftershoots around the turn of the millennium, the London take on Dr. Dre's L.A. easily won over the local critics and tastemakers, with Dizzee Rascal's genre-defining Boy in da Corner taking home the coveted Mercury Prize in 2003. Chart-topping success in the UK would follow, as MCs like Rascal and Wiley, considered by most to be scene's godfather, netting number one hits on the UK charts. The sound was fresh, defined by angular funk samples and borrowing from rave's idea of a good time. Check out "Fix Up, Look Sharp," from Rascal's debut. The sample (Billy Squier's "The Big Beat") is a hip hop staple but Rascal, who handled much of the production himself, presses it into a banger all his own, blow the beats up into a doomsday chant and turns dressing up for the club into a warrior rite.

Despite the storied tradition of Anglo-American musical crossover acts, grime took a long time to make a dent in the scene-centric birthplace of hip hop. As late as last year, Rascal was playing the Musical Hall of Williamsburg to huddled ex-pats. But this decade has brought a new generation of grime MCs determined to fight for American radio play. After three records and a top twenty single on the UK charts, the Tottenham's Skepta dropped Konnichiwa last year, a masterpiece of fast-paced beats and floor-pounding bars that juxtaposed Skepta's hometown MCs like Chip and Jme, Skepta's brother, with the likes of Pharrell and A$AP Nast. Later that year, he had a feature on A$AP Mob's first full length, Cozy Tapes Vol. 1: Friends, alongside Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J, and Tyler, the Creator.

This year, however, belongs to South London. The first grime album to hit the top of the UK charts was Stormzy's Gang Signs & Prayer, one of the most musically diffusive records in grime's short history. Melding street braggadocio with the stuff of heartfelt pop songwriting, it was as much a record about being the best in your game as much as it was about heartbreak and the afterparty, nowhere more so than on "Cigarettes & Cush," a duet with Oakland's Kehlani. Stormzy's handle on the love song got him the attention of America's favorite charttopping Ron Weasley-lookalike, Ed Sheeran, who put Stormzy on the official remix of "Shape of You."

All of which makes it hard to not view Skepta and Stormzy's summer festival schedule as a victory lap around territory never before touched by grime's fast-moving hand. Playing to packed crowds at both Coachella and Gov Ball, Stormzy confessed to the Californian crowd that "before coming here, I didn't know if it would be two people or 200 -- and there's thousands." Meanwhile Skepta, who was forced to cut his tour in the US short after being denied a visa, triumphantly rolled through both Gov Ball and Bonnaroo this year decked in a combative beret and energy well-kept. If you missed grime's takeover of the festival scene already, don't fear. It'll be heading to radio station near you soon enough.

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