Ben Brodsky

Ben Brodsky is a Creative Writing major from Scottsdale, Arizona. When not writing about Jay-Z, he enjoys Philadelphia sports, playing basketball, and graphic designing. In 2020, he wrote and illustrated "The Hip Hop Picture Book," a children's book setting hip-hop artists in their songs. His music blog, SHEESH Hip Hop, has been retweeted by artists like Freddie Gibbs and Killer Mike, and he was followed by popular music critic Anthony Fantano for some time.

In new album, Beyoncé launches her musical renaissance

Beyoncé released her highly-anticipated “RENAISSANCE” on July 29 — a high-energy, genre-bending album with the club in mind. A pronouncement of positive Black expression and joy, she channels the spirit of disco in these new songs, allowing for celebration after years of national hardship following the 2020 Black Lives Matter movement and the beginning of [...]

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‘Melt My Eyez See Your Future’ is a hip-hop collage

When J. Cole claimed the title of hip-hop’s “middle child” on his 2019 single, he meant that he felt stuck between two generations of hip-hop artists. Denzel Curry is also a middle child of hip-hop, but for different reasons.  Now on his fifth project, Curry is 10 years younger than Cole and has differentiated himself [...]

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The “Jeen-Yuhs” of Kanye West

The first two parts to “Jeen-Yuhs,” the new Netflix documentary that follows Ye’s, formerly known as Kanye West, rise to fame, were finished more than 15 years ago. Since his emergence as a producer, West had sought to shape his public image through careful marketing of his personal brand. The film was only released two [...]

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