Paul Cantor

September 12, 2014 at 3:23pm
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Someone told me some secrets early on about living. You have to remind yourself that you can do the very best you can when you’re very, very relaxed. No matter what it is, no matter what your job is, the more relaxed you are, the better you are.

— Bill Murray

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Some Recent Work

Kanye West, Chris Brown, deadmau5: When Great Music is Made by Despicable People (Medium)

Suge Knight’s First Interview in a Decade (Rolling Stone)

I Need a Dollar: Should You Give Money to New York’s Homeless? (Gawker)

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom Interview Part 1 & 2 (Complex)

Meet the Rap Super Producer Who Made Himself Disappear (Complex)

Swizz Beats Becomes Muse for Kehinde Wiley (Billboard)

EXCLUSIVE: Big Boi Announces New Record Deal (Huffington Post)

How My Song Ended Up On a CW Show (Myspace)

Kim Dotcom Answers My Questions. The Backstory. (Medium)

A Conversation with Steve Stoute (Noisey)

Interview with Ty Dolla Sign (Big Noiz)

It’s Hard to Listen to Albums Now (Medium)

Interview with David “D.A.” Doman, Young Money “Senile” Producer (Complex)

Classic Album Review: De La Soul’s “3 Feet High and Rising” (Billboard)

Kid Cudi Released a New Album — Surprised? (Myspace)

Finding Inspiration in Kanye West’s “The College Dropout” (Huffington Post)

Kanye West’s “College Dropout” at 10: Classic Album Review (Billboard)

Opinion: Is Conscious Rap Dead? (Vibe)

DMX vs. George Zimmerman and the American Dream (Myspace)

Breaking: Person Upset About Something on the Internet (Medium)

The New Retirement Age is Thirty (Huffington Post)

September 11, 2014 at 6:47pm
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We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.

— Chuck Palahniuk

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Perhaps people like us cannot love. Ordinary people can — that is their secret.

— Herman Hesse

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If there’s one thing I’m willing to bet on, it’s myself.

— Beyonce

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There is a piece of received wisdom that says that the most creative people are often odd, or irritating, eccentric, damaged, difficult. That along with enormous creativity come certain deficits in humanity or decency. We are familiar with this trope in our business: Mozart, Van Gogh, Tarantino, Eminem.

— Meryl Streep

September 10, 2014 at 2:27am
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Music is always action–reaction. It works in cycles. Rock n’ roll did, disco did, people want something fresh and exciting and then they get tired of it and they go for the opposite.

— David Guetta

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Why is Music Moving So Slow Right Now?

I don’t know if it’s my age or whatever else is going on in my life, but it definitely feels like music is in a weird place right now. Usually you have these sort of tentpole things, big album releases that everyone — fans, media, artists — galvanizes themselves around.

But I can’t help but feel like there hasn’t been a big album release in quite a while. At least not one that anyone has really cared about. If anything, I would say Yeezus was the last one to really really matter like that. 

Has the well run dry?

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September 9, 2014 at 5:34pm
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 John Singleton Copley (American, 1738–1815). Watson and the Shark, ca. 1778. #metmuseum

John Singleton Copley (American, 1738–1815). Watson and the Shark, ca. 1778. #metmuseum

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The life you might save might be mine.

— James Dean