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Review: Brockhampton Play to Their Strengths in New Album, "ROADRUNNER: NEW LIGHT, NEW MACHINE"

Brockhampton blend different sounds, moods and themes into something that emerges as revelatory and reflective of the complexity of emotion

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There has been a lot of awful quarantine content. Like, a lot.

From the early days of the celebrity "Imagine" video to quarantine albums that should have stayed in the vault (sorry, Nick Jonas; we're looking at you), it's been a tumultuous year and music has followed suit.

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Massive Attack's "Blue Lines" Hits Very Differently in 2021

As the album celebrates its 28th birthday today, it takes on a whole new meaning amidst a pandemic.

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In 1988, before Massive Attack even existed, a reporter went to meet a vivacious rap and DJ collective known then as the Wild Bunch, five of whom would soon create Massive Attack.

The braggadocious group described themselves as "originators" and said they had invented a new genre called "minimalist lover's Hip-Hop." "Put that in your magazine. Let's get some f**king respect around here," said one.

The genre would eventually become Trip-Hop, but to revisit Massive Attack's 1991 debut Blue Lines in 2021 is to bask solely in its scaling paranoia. When revisited under the guise of 2021 anxieties, love seems to be more of a fleeting theme on Blue Lines. "Don't need another lover, just need, I'm insecure," 3D stutters on "Daydreaming." A gluey guitar riff and dragging scatter of drums slink behind Horace Andy as he pines for unattainable monogamy on "One Love," purposefully contradicting Bob Marley's communal sense of the word that had become commonplace.

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Culture Vulture Justin Bieber Is at It Again with His Surprise Gospel EP, "Freedom"

Justin Bieber has not learned from his last album's criticism and is back with a Gospel EP to take on cancel culture.

Should've kept this one in drafts JB

Justin Bieber has not learned his lesson. After releasing his most recent album Justice, Justin received backlash for using clips of MLK speeches to add the illusion of activism to an album which was ostensibly just full of love songs to his wife.

Despite repurposing Martin Luther King Jr. speeches in a vague overture to social awareness, Justice failed to actually say anything meaningful. The record was admittedly his best since Purpose, but the haphazard combination of love songs and pseudo-activism was problematic at best and willfully ignorant at worst.

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Most Insane Revelations from the WeWork Documentary

Turns out WeWork and its CEO, Adam Neumann, were a mess long before their public implosion

With images like this ... what did we expect?

Hulu's new documentary on the rise and fall of WeWork focuses on its charismatic, egotistical founder and CEO Adam Neumann, who was ultimately the company's downfall.

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James Charles Can’t Erase His Predatory Behavior by “Holding Himself Accountable”

James Charles is no stranger to scandal, and he is finally addressing those grooming allegations by "holding [him]self accountable"

What is this, sir?

Question: When one of the most famous YouTube creators has become synonymous with grooming and sexual predation … then why is he still one of the platform's most successful creators?

When James Charles first hit YouTube, back when it was still a wealth of opportunity and creativity rather than a mob of identical content creators, he found success in the makeup community that eventually made him the first male CoverGirl ambassador in 2016 when he was just seventeen.

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"Concrete Cowboy" Tells the Untold Story of Black Urban Cowboys

In a refreshing coming-of-age story, the unacknowledged Black cowboy subculture finds recognition

You can tell how Concrete Cowboy is going to end within 15 minutes of watching the film. In it, a troubled Black teenager, played by Caleb McLaughlin of Stranger Things, is sent to live with his estranged father for the summer.

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