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Blurred Social Lines, or, The Day We Deserved Royalties

With the decision to slather hashtags over an otherwise serviceable if purposely derivative music video, Robin Thicke has invited me to join the conversation about Blurred Lines taking place in the realm of buzziness. The invitation comes flashing, repeated, and boldly so. The only hitch in this, well, I don’t have anything to say about […]

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Magna Carter, Holy Yeezus: A Style Comparison

Yeezus is a supremely arrogant title. In fact, for all the braggadocio in hip-hop, I’m not sure I can think of one that surpasses it. The essence of modern day rap is to tell the listener that you’re good and, in fact, quite superior to the other so-called rappers. Also, you have money and girls […]

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Ten Reasons to Listen to Fleet Foxes

I might be violating the highest rule of this band’s likely-hipster following – that is, never encourage anyone to like the same things as you, in the interest of the preservation of the “individual” – but I love these guys too much. So let them come at me with Pitchforks. I regret that I have […]

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Got That Swagger: A Night with the Great Gambino

Behind the curtain, one Donald Glover is amped as all get out. Or, perhaps, he is staring out at the crowd with a stone-like expression, still unseen by anyone but techs and the warmup act. Truth be told, unlike the perfected stage manner of a band like the Rolling Stones, you just can’t know the […]

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Rapper Debuts in Hall of Fame

THE HOOD, Calif. — The Hip-Hop Hall of Fame selection committee reached a unanimous vote on Wednesday to place new rapper Young Rolla in the prestigious Hall among the likes of other rap greats, such as Jay-Z and 2Pac. According to the committee, Rolla met each of the Hall’s qualifications – consistency, legacy, cultural impact, […]

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All Broke, Lonely Clubgoers Do Is Win, Win, Win No Matter What

DENVER, Colo. — Despite having zero financial stability or valuable emotional attachment, at least 220 young men and women at Bombs Away, a Denver-based pirate-themed bar, expressed a complete certitude in having a winning lifestyle for the duration of DJ Khaled’s hit song, “All I Do Is Win”. “Every time I step up in the […]

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Chris O'Toole (Colorado State '12) is pursuing a Screenwriting MFA at Chapman University. He has worked for Livestrong, CBS, Examiner and other publications. Love, hate, and job offers can be sent to: chris@o2lsports.com