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The Suffocating Excess of Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Elvis’

The new biopic of the King does what’s totally unnecessary: clumsily bury the legend of Elvis under devices and metaphors

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Atomic Bombast: ‘Wu-Tang Forever’ and the Apex of the Most Monumental Rap Group of All Time

A quarter-century after its release, Wu-Tang’s nearly two-hour second album remains a testament to maximalism and all of the clan’s idiosyncrasies

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Pusha T’s ‘It’s Almost Dry.’ Plus: Best Coke Songs.

Paul Thompson joins Charles to discuss the rapper’s new album

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The Future Song Draft

Charles, Paul Thompson, and Justin Sayles debate between Future’s best songs with categories like best mixtape feature and Billboard Hot 100

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Make the Case: Denzel Washington Deserves Best Actor for ‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’

The two-time Academy Award winner reinvented Shakespeare’s tragic antihero for Joel Coen’s vision of the story. Why isn’t his revelatory performance getting more love?

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Dollars to Donuts: The 40 Best J Dilla Songs of All Time, Ranked

From the Pharcyde to Slum Village to the unreleased beat tapes, we dive deep into the catalog of one of the best producers to ever touch an MPC

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The Remarkable Clarity of Earl Sweatshirt’s ‘SICK!’

The onetime Odd Future rapper’s new album ditches the muddied mixes and disaffected shrugs of his most recent output in favor of something still oblique, but sharper and more expressive

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Devil and the Details: The Undying Influence of Three 6 Mafia

No one was more important to unlocking the past decade of rap than a legendary Memphis group that broke up at the beginning of it

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What I Learned From Playing Golf With Kenny G

The famed saxophonist approaches his beloved game the only way he knows how: with a dedication to craft and a focus on mastering all the little things

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The Complete History of the Kings and Queens of New York Rap

In honor of Ringer Films’ new documentary ‘DMX: Don’t Try to Understand,’ we’re tracing the lineage of the crown of hip-hop’s mecca