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Monthly Archives: August 2014

DOPE Digest vol. 20 – Eminem, Zola Jesus, Run the Jewels and MORE

DOPE Digest is a weekly roundup of pop culture miscellany, with succinct analysis from our contributors.   Eminem – “Guts Over Fear” feat. Sia syvo: Hmm. Not sure I’m a fan. I was thrilled to see these two forming a kind of bleached-blonde duo, but disappointed with the sappy, self-serious delivery, mostly on Eminem’s account. I’m publicly […]

MUSIC REVIEW: Ariana Grande – My Everything

As was made clear during this past Sunday’s VMAs, Ariana Grande has emerged this summer to be the principal beneficiary of the backlash against Iggy Azalea. Though I’ll always have a special, guilty affection for “Fancy,” its default designation as this year’s anointed summer anthem ultimately worked against it, condemning it to overplay and over-scrutinization by fans and […]

DOPE Digest vol. 19 – Nicki Minaj, Charli XCX, Ariana Grande and MORE!

 DOPE Digest is a weekly roundup of pop culture miscellany, with succinct analysis from our contributors.  Nicki Minaj – “Anaconda” Video syvo: Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” video emerged this week as the necessary X-rated complement to Taylor Swift’s G-rated play. Swift’s essentially conservative enterprise acknowledged sexual performativity as inherent in female pop identity while functioning primarily to distance her from it. Nicki […]

Sweet, Sweet Suffering: Agony and Ecstasy Through All Nine Hellraiser Films

Growing up, Hellraiser was always the most intriguing of the major horror franchises. Children of the 1990’s will join me in remembering quite well the fear and attraction associated with Pinhead’s visage, sitting temptingly on the shelves of Blockbuster and Easy Video. For kids or young adults just getting into the horror genre and perhaps […]

DOPE Digest – EMERGENCY Taylor Swift Edition

In this special EMERGENCY edition of DOPE Digest, the team weighs in on a particularly urgent cultural development…    Taylor Swift – “Shake it Off” Video syvo: The only thing truly interesting about this week’s new Taylor Swift song/video is how completely mundane it is. The song is OK, but not what I look for in […]

DOPE Digest Vol. 18 – Demi Lovato, Jeezy, and Stephen Hawking!

 DOPE Digest is a weekly roundup of pop culture miscellany, with succinct analysis from our contributors. Demi Lovato feat. Cher Lloyd – “Really Don’t Care” syvo: This video came out a few weeks ago, and I must say: this song is pretty much everything I want in a summer jam, guys. I feel like this should […]

DOPE Digest Vol. 17 – Beyonce, The Giver, Young Jeezy and MORE

DOPE Digest is a weekly roundup of pop culture miscellany, with succinct analysis from our contributors. Beyonce and Nicki Minaj- Flawless remix caroline: Unless you live in North Korea, you’ve no doubt  heard or read about this Bey/Nicki remix released this past week. It’s not the very best remix I’ve ever heard, but let’s be honest – […]

Unpacking Grant Morrison’s Map of the DC Comics Multiverse

This year, San Diego Comic-Con was primarily dominated by announcements and sneak-peeks related to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and DC’s upcoming Dawn of Justice. But for this writer, the most exciting reveal was Grant Morrison’s map of the DC Multiverse. Tweet

DOPE Digest 16 – Hilary Duff, Big K.R.I.T, Birdman and MORE!

DOPE Digest is a weekly roundup of pop culture miscellany, with succinct analysis from our contributors. Hilary Duff – Chasing the Sun BK: As if we could start this Digest any other way. Hilary Duff is back with her first track and video in six years with ‘Chasing the Sun,’ and I couldn’t be happier. Yes […]