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5ingles

"Dope From Us"

Nah, D.B. isn't here to sell you insurance, but that might be a more appropriate career for him than rapping, which he does in the pinched, nasally way of a weasel; there's a self-amused homeliness to these flows, as if they were intended for the entertainment of a select few pals but someone taped them then set them to shitty bargain-basement beats.

EMA

"Butterfly Knife"

That the opening, one-note riff mimics a medical monitor is no accident; and cutting is no joke—I attended college with a girl who'd struggled with that compulsion for years and, somehow, won. Anyway, the very real risk "Knife" runs: impressionable moppets zoning out on the bwoing-bwoing echoes and interpreting its self-destructive autobiography as a kind of permissive ecstasy.

The Men

"Think"

Best. Migraine. Ever.

Red Hot Chili Peppers

"The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie"

It's always the wrong girl, the wrong alley, the wrong stand-in guitarist. The burnt-out surfer-bro ennui stays in place; socks hang loose on withered cocks; the song remains quintessentially the same. Some things never change.

Kanye West & Jay-Z

"Otis"

No doubt contractual obligations compel Ye and Hov to cut brag-bangers like "Otis." (Plus they probably just like to.) For the most part this one delivers the luxury goods with goading and showing out a-plenty, except that once it's over you don't quite miss it, the game is no different than before, no desires ultimately sated. Tops "H.A.M."; can't even touch "The Joy."