The Good, The Bad & The Ofay: A History of White Musicians Playing Reggae

by (@BHSmithNYC)

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Canadian band Magic! had a smash hit and viral sensation this year with their single “Rude.” Its melody and lyrics are pure pop but it’s music and title reference a genre with origins in a far sunnier climate, Jamaican reggae. They are far from the first white musicians to experiment with reggae’s offbeat rhythms and seductive grooves. Since the late 1960’s, some of music’s biggest acts have tried their hand at the style with varying degrees of musical (and chart) success. Read more…

If You Put These 10 EDM Songs On Your Morning Playlist, You Won’t Need Coffee

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-By Olga Encarnacion

There’s a little more to Electronic Dance Music (EDM) than just being the soundtrack to an amazing night or a great workout. EDM is a robot body with soul. Songs composed on computers with loops, live instruments, soulful vocals and surprisingly heartfelt lyrics, EDM is one of those genres that always flips a frown upside down. With soaring synths, thumping bass lines, stuck-in-your-head for days on end hooks, your heart starts going and your head starts bopping and suddenly you’re in love. It’s hard to have a bad day with a good playlist, especially when you take these ten tracks out for a spin on your way to work. See if they’ll take the edge off that caffeine detox you’ve been meaning to start.

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These Throwback Photos From The First BET Hip Hop Awards Will Make You Feel Super Nostalgic

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This year’s BET Hip Hop Awards hosted by Snoop Dogg celebrated the hottest names in hip hop today. But things have changed since the very first ceremony back in 2006, when comedian Katt Williams was host and Jay Z won the coveted Hip Hop Hustler award. Get a kick out of these amazing throwback photos of Lil Wayne, Remy Ma, T.I. and more from the Hip Hop Awards’ debut.

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Kesha Sues Producer Dr. Luke Claiming Sexual Assault And Physical Abuse

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Pop singer Kesha Sebert filed a lawsuit claiming that her producer Lukasz Gottwald, also known as Dr. Luke, sexually assaulted her and engaged in emotional and physical abuse over a period of 10 years. The singer claims abuse and unwanted sexual advances began soon after signing with Dr. Luke’s label, Kemosabe Entertainment, and his Prescription Songs music publishing company at the age of 18. Among the most serious allegations is that Luke forced her to drink and do drugs on several occasions and forced himself on her while her defenses were down. Read more…

5 Reasons Why Echosmith ARE The Cool Kids

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Echosmith‘s song “Cool Kids” has been blowing up! It has been climbing to the top of the international charts, as well as our Top 20 Countdown list and Billboard‘s Hot 100 on this side of the globe. If you don’t know Echosmith by now, maybe you aren’t one of the the cool kids (JK). But that’s why we’re here, to bring you 5 reasons you NEED to know Echosmith.

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