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A friend and I had talked about trying to go to Austin for a day trip earlier in the week, but as the weekend on the far end of spring break approached, the idea had stopped coming up. I was relatively surprised to wake up to the “South-by today?” text, but not wholly unprepared. I drowsily packed a bag together for the day out, phone charger, slim jim, and seven or so Frio Lites, left...

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Rap has been a platform for “symbols of change” from the very beginning — the author of “Lil Pump, Big Problem” just wasn’t listening. To say that the lyrics of Xanax rappers are a regression back to something bad is to erase the decades of activism and art that has come out of the black community through rap, the first hit example being Grandmaster Flash’s 1982 song “The Message.” It is ridiculously easy to pick rappers from...

Lil Pump is a disease within the rap genre. What started in the 1970s in the streets of New York City has now turned into a 17-year-old kid from Miami, Florida saying “Gucci gang” 54 times in a two-minute song and having it go platinum in less than a year. Rap has evolved since its earliest days, but the roots of rap, and its ability to carry meaning and purpose, are still alive and well...