Music

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Considering the N-Word: To Reject or Reclaim?

What role does the n-word play in contemporary society, and should anyone be able to use it in the first place?
A snapshot of Frank Ocean in a crowd.

Frank Ocean: Challenging Hip-Hop’s Hyper-Masculinity

Frank Ocean's career poses interesting questions about subverting, and in some ways reifying, hip-hop's trend towards the hyper-masculine and the misogynistic.
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The Ethics Behind the Kanye West-Taylor Swift Feud

The Taylor Swift-Kanye West feud has only continued with Swift's latest music. What are the ethical issues behind the celebrity drama?

Classical Sexism: Gender Bias and Female Conductors

On gender bias and the lack of female conductors in the classic music industry.

Rebellion and Passion in India’s Indie Music Scene

India's indie music scene works to expand global understandings of their craft beyond Bollywood.

The Gentrification of Hip-Hop

Who is responsible for music that reproduces harmful stereotypes about Black Americans?

Classical Music and the Cost of Perfection

Classical music's ever-growing demand for perfection has taken a toll on those who perform it.

Bon Iver and the Economics of Art for Art’s Sake

In a recent feature article for Pitchfork, an online music magazine, contributor Steve Marsh follows Justin Vernon, the lead singer and founder of the...

Cultural Appropriation in Classical Music

European classical music's complicated relationship with other cultures raises questions of creativity and appropriation.

Did Bob Dylan Deserve a Nobel?

Bob Dylan's Nobel award opens up questions of music as literature, as well as how the Nobel committee chooses its honorees.