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Commentary: VMAs prove to be lackluster


As the MTV Video Music Awards started Thursday night at the Staples Center, the expected parade of beautifully groomed celebrities, the gleam of bright lights and the buzz surrounding the ceremony’s anticipated winners were all present.

Artist collaborations infuse dynamic firepower into rap genre


Many successful rap songs feature memorable guest appearances. What would Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind” have sounded like without Alicia Keys? Or how would B.o.B’s smash hit “Airplanes” have fared without the assistance of Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams? The hip-hop genre is notorious for eccentric and unexpected, yet highly successful collaborations. They allow rap to […]