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How DMX’s First Tour Helped Usher in a New Era of Hip-hop

The Survival of the Illest Tour came just as X’s popularity exploded. Not only did it capture a young artist on the rise, it also paved the way for massive rap tours that followed.

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The War on Drugs Uncover the Infinite

Frontman Adam Granduciel talks fatherhood, finding a new home base on the West Coast, and his new album, ‘I Don’t Live Here Anymore’

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The Comical, Sincere Tenderpunk of Illuminati Hotties

Sarah Tudzin on her new album, ‘Let Me Do One More,’ which finds a way to be earnest without ever being cringe

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How ‘The Simpsons’ Tackled Orson Welles’s Legacy Decades Before ‘Mank’ 

David Fincher’s take on Welles’s masterwork is up for 10 Academy Awards, but will it be remembered better than "Rosebud"?

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The Complete History of the Madness of ‘12 Monkeys’

Twenty-five years ago, Terry Gilliam and the other outsider creators of ‘12 Monkeys’ gave humanity a warning about our pandemic-filled future, whether they meant to or not

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The Oral History of A.J. Soprano’s Slipknot Jacket, Its Online Resurrection, and ‘Sopranos’ Style

In 2001, an iconic piece of metal merch appeared on possibly the greatest TV show of all time. The people who were there and those who have preserved its legacy explain how it happened.

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David Fincher, as Explained by the People Who Work With Him

He has a reputation as Hollywood’s ultimate control freak, a director obsessed with attaining perfection no matter how many takes it needs or whose feelings he hurts. Now, three decades of collaborators demystify what it’s really like to work with one of the most talented directors of his generation.

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Talk Hard: The Making of the Teen-Angst Classic ‘Pump Up the Volume’

In 1990, an indie drama about an anti-authoritarian pirate radio DJ obsessed with masturbation jokes signaled a wave of mutilation that was cresting over American culture. Thirty years later, it still feels prescient.

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The Landmark Book That Brought the Stories of Black Vietnam Veterans Out of the Darkness

Journalist Wallace Terry’s landmark oral history from 1984 set the stage for films like ‘Dead Presidents’ and Spike Lee’s latest

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How Music Videos Are Being Made in the Time of the Coronavirus

Pop stars and indie artists alike are taking new approaches to music videos—and finding that they may be the most adaptive medium for making creative material in a largely shut down world