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Winston Duke Can’t Be Boxed In

Scowling to FKJ and Masego’s “Tadow” is a pretty nefarious task, but Winston Duke doesn’t so much as crack a smile when its svelte saxes and warped keys slice the tense…

The Gag Is… Keke Palmer Is The Soul Author Of Her Truest Gospel

It’s a crisp 20 degrees and Lauren “Keke” Palmer dons a faux fur coat over a short skirt and bikini top while greeting fans outside of the cool kid boutique VFILES…

Cardi B Doesn’t Give A F**k, And Neither Should You

“This is my happy place,” which is why Cardi B invites me to her grandmother’s home in Washington Heights and not her condo in Edgewater, New Jersey. Inside the prewar…

The Titan Of Talk: Up Close And Personal With Angie Martinez

It’s hard to write anything about radio veteran Angie Martinez without mentioning WQHT’s Hot 97 FM. The New York station long hailed as a cultural cornerstone by many…

Anderson .Paak & BJ The Chicago Kid Are Here To Save Your Souls

“Aight, get off my stage, n***a.” Anderson .Paak’s words lack the bite that usually comes with such a succinct command. Instead, it’s the kind of lax scold…

BJ The Chicago Kid: Soul Music’s Safe Haven

“Soul music comes from church. I come from church. Therefore …” Bryan James Sledge trails off mid-sentence and shifts his attention back to the plate in front of him…

Anderson .Paak Is Exactly What The Doctor Ordered

Anderson .Paak is hard to catch up with. But if you ever find yourself in a position to sit down with him, even if just for 20 minutes, know this: You’ll most definitely…

Higher Power 2011: A Candid Convo With Rap’s Young King Kendrick Lamar

Let’s take a trip back to June 2011, where we find a 23-year-old Kendrick Lamar Duckworth in Harlem’s Stadium Red Studios, located on 125th Street and Park Avenue. K…

Digital Cover: Tyga ‘King Unchained’

Seated by himself on a small couch, Tyga is waiting for his lunch to arrive. The room is eye candy for architects and interior designers: high ceilings, exposed beams…