Ben Lewellyn-Taylor lives in Dallas, Texas with his spouse Meggie and their dog Rowlf. He taught middle and high school before returning to school for graduate studies on hip-hop, religion, and race, and he's still in school because he didn't take The College Dropout skits to heart. Ben's creative writing, including personal essays and poetry, can be found in various online literary journals.
What Travis truly captures on 'ASTROWORLD' is the spirit of our times—longing for the thrill of the ride but dreading the giant drop.
One year later, we revisit JAY-Z's '4:44' with the added context of the album's confrontational short films.
Artists are reshaping the form, length, and method of releases to help their albums stick beyond their first week.
“As soon as they like you, make ‘em un-like you.”
We retool 'Cruel Summer' and albums from Kanye, Pusha-T, Kid Cudi, and Big Sean to benefit from only being 7 tracks total.
Let's properly steer a conversation that is both contentious and crucial in our contemporary moment.
"It turns out our heroes aren’t false prophets, just humans. It turns out so are we."
Kendrick Lamar reveals yet another layer of a project that we've been talking about all year long.
It’s past time for Black artists to take a ride in a car that isn’t tailed by police or foreboding a bad ending.
And it all begins on page...444.