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 Chain Migration Used to be a Benign Term. Not Anymore (New York Times Magazine)

How 2018 Marked a New Era of Trolling in Hip-Hop (Pitchfork)

Sunday Review: Trap Muzik (Pitchfork)

Critical Failure (Hazlitt)

What Wonder Woman Saw (The Baffler)

Earl Sweatshirt’s Relentless Introspection (The Nation)

“The Hate U Give” and the Limits of Depicting Police Brutality (Buzzfeed)

Wild Speculation Isn’t Worth Much. A ‘Theory,’ However… (New York Times Magazine)

Can Your ‘Ally’ Want Things You Don’t? (New York Times Magazine)

How Words With Friends Became a Game About the Language of Everyday Life (Waypoint)

Why Are Salad Greens Always Labeled Triple-Washed? (Slate)

What the Rise of XXXTentaction Says About Being a Fan Today (Pitchfork)

J. Cole’s ‘KOD’ Is A PSA Without A Clear Audience (Complex)

Slim Returns (The Baffler)

The Erasure of Paper Boi is Atlanta’s Sharpest Joke (Pitchfork)

Damn Is Kendrick’s Smallest Album, And It Might Be His Best (Complex)

The Other Side of a Smile (Catapult)

Shell Shock (The Baffler)

The Long, Strange History of Street Fighter and Rap (Waypoint)

Quantum Black History (Seven Scribes)

You’ve Got To Fight For Your Right to Fuck the Police (ARTS.BLACK)

After Truth? (The Baffler)

Earl Sweatshirt Tells A Different Story About Black Mothers and Black Sons (LA Weekly)

Why Rappers Love Elon Musk (Complex)

The Labor Theory of Exercise (Model View Culture)

What Defines a Coffee’s Terroir? (Slate)

Insecure Finds Security in Rap (Uproxx)

In Defense of Marvel’s MacGuffins (The Ringer)