Author Archives: JON CARAMANICA

Critic’s Notebook: Hip-Hop’s Year of Dangerous Living Put the Accused on the Charts

Source: New York Times » Music

In Hollywood and the media, allegations of misconduct brought down powerful men. But the opposite happened in rap, creating a crisis between creators and consumers.

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Happy No More, Pharrell Williams and N.E.R.D Want to Wake You Up

Source: New York Times » Music

A song about joy vaulted Mr. Williams into the stratosphere, but now his long-running side project is returning with an album filled with outrage.

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Critic’s Notebook: ‘TRL’ Is Back on MTV, but Undone by the Internet

Source: New York Times » Music

The afternoon show thrived before phone screens were more enticing than television screens. Only four weeks into its reboot, the seams are visible, and frayed.

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Critic’s Notebook: Lil Uzi Vert and a Generation of Rap Stars Looking Beyond Hip-Hop

Source: New York Times » Music

A fun-house sort of rap movement is led by Lil Uzi Vert with his “Luv Is Rage 2,” who is joined in this vein by Lil Peep and XXXTentacion.

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Critic’s Notebook: Pop Star Egos Are Pushed Aside at Wacky, Socially Aware MTV V.M.A.s

Source: New York Times » Music

The show, hosted by Katy Perry, started off with lighthearted tweaks of pop perfectionism, then turned to more serious issues.

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