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The A-side / B-side trend has become a bold, masterful, and thus far, unfailing exploration of the polarizing musical depths of a capable artist’s range. The ability to say so much with a simple two-track-release has introduced a balanced sense of interpretative minimalism that we haven’t seen elsewhere in music, especially in hip-hop where the trend is running wild. Likewise, the ability to wholesomely explore the opposite ends of an artist’s range with an entire A-side / B-side album allows for modern day transcendental musicians to appeal to the entirety of their far-reaching fan bases.

When it comes to the A-side / B-side single, the term capable artist is the factor most necessary for successful finalization. With a single, there is room for relative perfection and likelihood of a mainstream boom; With an album, there is space for a listener to make themselves comfortable, unearth meaning, and pick favorites; But with a two-track EP, there is a necessity to define meaning through each track’s contrasting elemental makeup. There is no room for imperfection, balance is a requirement, and it must inspire thorough interpretation at both ends of a contrasting spectrum. …


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There is such an absurdist myriad of colorful preconception attached to the name of Bangkok, Thailand. And even so, it fails to delineate its full scope. Stepping out of the airport (assuming the air quality is somewhat subdued) a vibrant explosion of sights, sounds, smells, flavors, and questionable vices await anyone and everyone. But, akin to any city so grand in its cultural importance on a world stage, Bangkok is far more than a circus of the bizarre. Thriving at day in equal measure to the nighttime, Bangkok is a cultural haven no matter a person’s preferred cultural intake. Historical and religious landmarks dot the cityscape and seldom charge more than a few bucks. …


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We may very well be in the midst of the single most important moment in hip-hop history. Never before in any genre has such an unprecedented onslaught of high-profile and artistically innovative releases come to our ears over such a short period of time.

This, of course, will be a very unwelcome opinion to hip-hop’s traditionally staunch, stubborn, and masturbatory epochal fan bases. In accordance, it’s equally important to recognize 2018’s storied and impressive competition in such a discussion.

When asked about influential moments in hip-hop history, many grant supremacy to 1988 — citing its inventive and critical compositions lyrically and stylistically as being the true starting point of modern hip-hop. …

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