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In the two weeks since it was released, Mitski’s fifth album “Be the Cowboy” has received enormous acclaim from fans and critics alike. Its serious approach to confronting personal and intimate issues cements it as a momentous album. The album opens with the song “Geyser,” a title that both describes its sound — a thumping that erupts from tense, bubbling placidity — and encapsulates the themes of the record as a whole. The song introduces...

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“Is she a stripper, a rapper, a singer?” Cardi B raps about herself on “Drip,” the second song on her new album “Invasion of Privacy.” This is a kind of started-from-the-bottom statement that actively acknowledges the speed with which her now-we’re-here came. Cardi B has only been actively releasing music for less than three years, and already she is one of the most sought-after names in rap music as far as performance, and a frequently...

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In the opening lyrics to the song “IDFWN,” San Antonio native Izaq Roland raps, “You a John Doe, I can’t f*ck with you” — lyrics that are made simultaneously ironic and all the more genuine by Roland’s enigmatic presence on Twitter and Soundcloud. He recently emerged from a five-month-long hiatus — which included a bulk deleting of tweets and song links — with his new single “Like It’s Hot.” The song appeared without much context first on...