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Good music longreads

Articles featured in our weekly Stack newsletter.

DMX Leaves a Legacy of Passion, Unparalleled Success, and Pain

The gruff-voiced MC helped changed the course of hip-hop in the late ’90s
The Ringer

Start a blog

This is my occasional request that if you (1) have a focused interest and (2) post regularly about it on…
Disquiet

Vin Diesel, Arthur Russell and Me

Mixmaster Arthur Russell meets wannabe rapper Mark Sinclair (aka Vin Diesel). What could possibly go wrong?
Please Kill Me

The Soviet Union's Unofficial Music Journalism

A Short History Of Unofficial Music Journalism In The Soviet Union, 1977 - 1991
Music Journalism Insider

Genre Is Disappearing. What Comes Next?

As record stores close and streaming algorithms dominate, the identities that music fandom supplies are in flux.
The New Yorker

Are Old Rap MP3s Hip-Hop’s Hottest New Collectible?

A whole generation of classic hip-hop songs and mixtapes are not available on streaming services.
Okayplayer

How Pandora Won Its Royalty Battle But Lost the War…

Pandora found a brilliant loophole with the recording industry, but it tied the company's future into a knot.
Vice

What Does Daft Punk Leave Behind?

The now-legendary French duo called it quits this week after years of silence.
NPR

Southern Hustle: Houston Hip-Hop and Chinese Chicken

Timmy Chan’s, memorialized in Houston’s hip-hop scene, was opened by Alana Dao’s Chinese immigrant grandparents.
Bitter Southerner

on diminishing newness

talking about whether we're actually talking about new music for less time or if we just think we are.
something old

SOPHIE Transcended Everything

SOPHIE’s blend of technical excellence, childlike wonder, and ideological clarity were evidence of a generational talent.
Vulture

What to Know About Music’s Copyright Gold Rush

Artists recently sold their song catalogs, in deals that have implications for the future of the recording industry.
Pitchfork

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