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It was 80 degrees yesterday and I had no idea what to wear--I wore a skirt that Marilyn'd up repeatedly, reminding me that the mere act of possessing a human body is sometimes exhausting enough in itself. Then, I put on "Sorry" and all my frustration melted away; this is the power of a Song of the Summer, it washes away the grit and grime and reveals the shiny ebullience lurking just below. Summer...
It's rather ironic that the lead single for Dangerous Woman is entitled "Focus," because that's exactly what the record lacks. On her third album Ariana Grande remains the queen of mixed messages, but the voice she uses to trumpet them is so deliciously decadent that it’s hard to care about the scattershot tracklist. Look, it's not that I don't believe Ariana could be one day construed as a dangerous woman--reinvention is one of the...
Following the release of his psychedelic trip of a second mixtape, Acid Rap, Chance The Rapper delivered a guest verse on Rapsody’s “Lonely Thoughts,” rapping: “They sayin’, ‘Acid was an album, retail it’/I said, ‘I got way too much soul for me to sell it.’” Since his first mixtape, 10 Day, Chance has excelled at crafting clever aphorisms. What's special about this aphorism in particular--having “too much soul to sell”--is how instrumental Chance’s belief has...
The old has gone, the new has come. That's a line from 2nd Corinthians, I'm sure Chancelor Bennett knows it. He probably grew up hearing it thundered from a pulpit like I did. Whether you ascribe to the template of “born again Christian” or not, there is power in these words. There is power in delineating different phases in your life, in commanding new growth in yourself, in speaking a new beginning into life....

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