Unwrapping Mac Miller’s transformation from a wide-eyed kid caught in a whirlwind of fame to one of the greatest musicians of our generation.

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Who was Mac Miller in 2009?

In 2009, 16-year-old Malcolm McCormick put out his third mixtape, Formerly known as Easy Mac, he changed his stage name to Mac Miller and started making waves with his music on YouTube, signing to Rostrum Records in 2010.

Chance reflects on the grim reality of gun violence in Chicago and comes face to face with his own mortality.

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Everybody Dies in the Summer

“Paranoia” starts with Chance confronting his fear of the notoriously violent Chicago summers, when the sweltering heat, lack of jobs, and freedom from school create a lethal combination.

“Purity” finds the rappers struggling to make peace with their mental health.

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Rocky and Frank Grapple with Mental Health Issues

A$AP Rocky and Frank Ocean connect on “Purity,” a haunting track on which the two reflect on their close relationships, drug use, and the price of fame.

Anderson .Paak, JID, Noname, and Jay Rock come together to protest police brutality and shatter the American myth.

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The People are Rising

Anderson .Paak sets the stage for “Lockdown” by describing the scene at the George Floyd protests.

The prolific rapper’s take on why humans are so bad at being happy.

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Humans Are Terrible at Predicting What Will Make Them Happy

On “Love Yourz,” Cole tells us we’ve been programmed to chase happiness by going after things that don’t actually make us any happier.

Cole breaks down the illusion of happiness in a speech he gave before performing “Love Yourz” for the live album

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Lottery Winners vs. Paraplegics

Cole isn’t the only one who thinks our concept of happiness is misguided. In one study, researchers measured the happiness of a group of recent lottery winners and a group of recent paraplegics. …

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Ab-Soul and Danny Brown’s not-so-subtle case for anarchy.

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Unwrapping the exploitation of black culture in the…

A Modern Take on the Declaration of Independence

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The land of the caged, home of the beaten. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all white men are created equal and endowed with certain unalienable Rights to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. To secure these rights, Governments are instituted amongst the oppressed, deriving their powers from the consent of the ruling class. Whenever this Form of Government becomes threatened by the masses, it is the Right of the Government to demolish them and institute new laws, founded on preserving the power of the few in such a form that shall seem most likely to ensure…

We can’t fix a system that is operating as intended.

There has never been a time in this country’s history where black people were not at the bottom of the social and economic order. Can America even exist without a racial caste system? Not as we know it. Reform after reform has only resulted in a reproduction of the status quo.

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Destroying Targets is clearly not the right answer, but the spirit is dead on. …

It was one of the fastest-growing accounts in the community. Fans now think it’s ran by Chicago rapper Saba and his crew.

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The Rise of Shrek

In October 2019, a new account joined Twitter under the name of “Shrek Knows Rap.” Among jokes about “Being just an ogre from the swamp” and professing his love for Jorja Smith (don’t tell Princess Fiona), Shrek showed off his impressive taste in hip hop, promoting his favorite artists and making a bunch of Spotify playlists.

Shrek quickly became an “All Star” in the hip-hop Twitter world, with @DebatingHipHop_ even commenting “this is the fastest-growing account…


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