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Good music longreads
Articles featured in our weekly Stack newsletter.
The 1997 album that defined a new hip-hop aesthetic and expanded the definition of rap.
— The New Yorker
From Travis Scott’s queasy emptiness to Khalid’s lowkey miserabilism, how did the pop charts become a destination for despair?
Once derided, the successors to muzak have grown more sophisticated – and influential – than any of us realise.
— The Guardian
The spookiest music relies on a little ditty monks used to sing about the apocalypse
What, exactly, has made “Orinoco Flow” so popular?
— The Ringer
In 2003, Justin Timberlake helped launch an ambitious new McDonald’s marketing campaign.
Spotify pushes an Uber-like model for independent artists
— The Baffler
There are a number of short musical phrases that immediately trigger a particular emotional response.
— Sounding Out!
We asked the experts how streaming and social media are making new rules
About 25 years ago, two German dance music producers and a U.S.-born rapper battled it out against Queen Latifah’s friend
Electronic music is booming in East Africa, and a small collective in Kampala is at the heart of it all.
— Resident Advisor
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