Ben Lewellyn-Taylor lives in Dallas, Texas with his spouse Meggie and their dog Rowlf. Ben taught middle and high school before returning to school for graduate studies on hip-hop, religion, and race. 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.
Tyler, the Creator's Fearless, Anti-Frankenstein Reinvention
With ‘Flower Boy,’ and now ‘IGOR,’ Tyler has finally self-actualized.
Travis Scott's 'ASTROWORLD' is About Learning to Enjoy the Ride
What Travis truly captures on 'ASTROWORLD' is the spirit of our times—longing for the thrill of the ride but dreading the giant drop.
'4:44' One Year Later: Reframing a Legacy Through JAY-Z's Short Films
One year later, we revisit JAY-Z's '4:44' with the added context of the album's confrontational short films.
Experimentation is Crucial in the Streaming Era, but Execution is Key
Artists are reshaping the form, length, and method of releases to help their albums stick beyond their first week.
Listeners in the Hands of a Projected God: ‘Yeezus’ Five Years Later
“As soon as they like you, make ‘em un-like you.”
5 G.O.O.D. Music Albums That Should Have Been 7 Songs
We retool 'Cruel Summer' and albums from Kanye, Pusha-T, Kid Cudi, and Big Sean to benefit from only being 7 tracks total.
5 Ways to Talk About Spotify’s Hateful Conduct Policy & Its Implications
Let's properly steer a conversation that is both contentious and crucial in our contemporary moment.
Kill Our Darlings: J. Cole, Kanye, & the Problem with Rapper Role Models
"It turns out our heroes aren’t false prophets, just humans. It turns out so are we."
Have You Played Kendrick Lamar's 'DAMN.' in Reverse?
Kendrick Lamar reveals yet another layer of a project that we've been talking about all year long.
The New Story of O.J.: How JAY-Z, Tyler & Frank Created New Black Legends
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.
A Fascinating Theory Linking JAY-Z’s ‘4:44’ & Page 444 of Ralph Ellison’s ‘Invisible Man’
And it all begins on page...444.