ON ROTATION: ‘INTRO TO’, DOUNIA

This week’s #OnRotation is the perfect soundtrack to summer in the city, confident but laid back and dripping in 90s nostalgia. The Queens-born Moroccan American singer isn’t afraid to bare her truths (“Ain’t too concerned with conforming, fitting in is foreign to a woman like me”) and keep it real about the industry (“I’m terribly offended they’re commending mediocrity / Are we honestly praising this commodity?”), revealing her world through sultry vocals and smooth beats.

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THE CASE OF CARDI B: BELCARIS VS. THE WORLD OF RESPECTABILITY POLITICS

In ight of the release of her new album ‘Invasion of Privacy’, our latest piece explores the respectability politics that play a large role in the complex identity of Belcaris Almanzar (AKA Cardi B). An engine fueled as much by her supporters as her strongest doubters, Cardi B represents the ultimate “fuck you” to the white, male dominated industry and white dominated world. Cardi B is not asking for your approval or respect — she’s demanding it simply by existing in her truth.

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ON ROTATION: ‘IN A POEM UNLIMITED’, U.S. GIRLS

#OnRotation this week is U.S. Girls’ ‘In a Poem Unlimited’. Meg Remy’s latest is a subversive character study on women, violence, and power told through big hooks, anthemic choruses, and the nostalgic sounds of glam rock and disco. “As if you couldn’t tell, I’m mad as hell,” sings Meg Remy on M.A.H: “I won’t forget, so why should I forgive? / No, not as long as we both shall live.”

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