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The Guardian
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How we made Salt-N-Pepa's Push It

We weren’t the first female rappers – Angie Stone’s group, the Sequence, came before us – but we were the first to go platinum around the world. Pep and I were in college together. We were big time screw-ups. We never went to class. We’d just hang around in the lunch room playing cards, and we formed this amazing friendship. Because we were polar opposites, we fascinated each other. We formed the group when we were part-time telephone operators along with my boyfriend, Hurby “Luv Bug” Azor. At first we called ourselves Supernature, but when we sang, “We go together like salt and pepper”, the n
Apple Magazine
2 min read

Music

Famed British YouTuber Dodie Clark’s second EP is filled with constructive pop melodies that back courageous and heartfelt lyrics. An improvement of her more independent debut Intertwined, the first track, “In the Middle”, sets off a proper footing for the 6-track EP and “Secret for the Mad” is a shining track that begins with a faint ukulele structure. All in all, You is a must-listen for all acoustic lovers. 1. Her full name is Dorothy Miranda Clark. 2. Dodie is good friends with fellow YouTube stars Bethan Leadley, Bry and Candice O’Reilly. 3. In 2014, she and YouTuber Bry completed a natio
NPR
1 min read

50 Years Later, Yusuf/Cat Stevens Reworks A Lost Song

From 1978 to 2006, Cat Stevens was absent from the secular music world, a long-but-temporary retirement motivated by his conversion to Islam. In the decade since his return, he's sounded musically reinvigorated in songs that only magnify the philosophical reflection that's marked his music since the beginning. Stevens, who's long since changed his name to Yusuf Islam but now uses both names interchangeably, has spent the last decade performing both old and new material. When he played the Tiny Desk back in 2014, he seamlessly alternated fresh compositions with "The First Cut Is the Deepest" an
Born to Run
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From the Editors

The Boss is back…

Bruce Springsteen’s much-anticipated memoir is especially intimate in his self-narrated audiobook. Written with his characteristic lyricism and honesty, it’s a memoir as much about an American rock star as about America itself.