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Who’s afraid of the N-word?

No, singing along to the N-word in a rap song doesn’t make you racist.

17 May 2018

#MuteRKelly: now it’s #MeToo vs music

Throwing alleged sex pests off Spotify playlists is a mockery of justice.

‘This is America’: a masterclass in ambiguity

Donald Glover’s viral hit is vague enough to suit everyone’s politics.

27 April 2018

Treating Kanye like an Uncle Tom

The reaction to his pro-Trump remarks has been deeply condescending.

20 April 2018

The problem with Kendrick Lamar winning the Pulitzer

It isn’t for high-culture awards judges to confer legitimacy on hip-hop.

8 March 2018

What’s really behind the demise of the NME?

The music press has grown stale as youth culture has become more timid.

27 February 2018

Sorry, Stormzy, but you’ve become boring

The grime artist is now a Guardian editorial made flesh.

25 January 2018

Mark E Smith: the last of the non-conformists

There was no one quite like the Fall’s post-punk poet.

11 January 2018

Lorde and the breathtaking hypocrisy of BDS

Anti-Israel activists pose as freedom-lovers but agitate for censorship.

8 December 2017

Treasures from the purple reign

My Name is Prince is an immersive tribute to one of pop’s late greats.