"The Art Of" breaks down the nitty-gritty of what makes music so engaging. We examine everything from coming-of-age narratives to the minutia of emotional tricks, to album pacing and Godliness, in an effort to discover what makes music tick, and why that makes us tick back.
Laughter encourages us to listen closely to the odd spaces between the bars and the beats.
Life mandates–and art reinforces–the importance of stories outside of us.
These are the songs you hear in your head before bed, when you’re idly working, or when you start to get anxious.
Through their use of nostalgia in song, Chance The Rapper, Polo G, and Maxo’s respective stories all meet at the intersection of hopefulness.
Sound like you want—no, need—to be here.
The mind is a canvas and we are all painters with 26 letters at our disposal.
Winter rap perfection, as showcased by Mobb Deep, GZA, Ka, and Armand Hammer.
Emotional tricks are a touch more striking because they are a touch more human.