Tag: essays

I Hadn’t Seen My Addict Father in Years—Then I Ran Into Him on the Street

This article originally appeared on VICE Canada. Two weeks ago, I was back in my hometown of Sault Ste. Marie in northern Ontario. I was there for a week that was bookended by two separate weddings of childhood friends. In between the nuptials I spent my time ambling around the recovering steel town, soaking in […]

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Chance The Rapper Isn’t the Underdog Anymore

Few artists have been easier to root for than Chance The Rapper. His first two mixtapes, 2012’s 10 Day and 2013’s Acid Rap, positioned him as a local Chicago kid done good. He’s a once-in-a-generation talent who has reached a level of success without any major label backing, and until now, he’s almost always released […]

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Blood Orange’s New Mixtape Is a Beautifully Messy Tribute to His Influences

No matter what your favorite genre is, Blood Orange has probably worked with some of its stars. Over the past decade or so, the musician born Dev Hynes has developed an enviable portfolio of producing and songwriting credits for artists as varied as Solange, Tyler, the Creator, Kylie Minogue, FKA twigs, Carly Rae Jepsen, Florence […]

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