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Blame It On a Black Man, What The Heck: Six Samples That Do Their Source Material Justice
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Blame It On a Black Man, What The Heck: Six Samples That Do Their Source Material Justice

Don’t you miss the halcyon days of the sample, the good old early 90s, where commercial rap artists based new pop hits around elements of earlier hit singles? Don’t you get a sick satisfaction when a tune comes on in the store, and you can’t tell right away if it’s the “original,” or the later sample? Here are six samples that do their source material justice.

Texas Radio, The Big Beat, Nixon and Steve Canyon: Greil Marcus’ The Doors
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Texas Radio, The Big Beat, Nixon and Steve Canyon: Greil Marcus’ The Doors

In “The Doors,” Marcus tries to draw the same sort of wild connections between the music and various strands of culture as he did for Dylan and The Band with “Invisible Republic.” This time instead of casting back into history for obscure antecedents he projects the songs outward into their psycho-historical context of the rapidly morphing popular culture of the last half of the 20th century.

Lifting the Fog: Climate Change and Trump’s America
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Lifting the Fog: Climate Change and Trump’s America

America, a global superpower, one that has the resources to implement an integral step in curbing CO­­2 emissions, is set to withdraw from a treaty that was signed and agreed by governments across the world. Why, then, should China or India keep up their ends of the treaty? Why should Europe, or Russia, or Brazil, or anyone else? If America has pulled out and decided not to do the work, then why should we?

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