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Kendrick Lamar tops VMA winners in Los Angeles

Rapper Kendrick Lamar has taken six prizes at the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles. He won best video of the year for Humble, as well as best hip-hop artist, after opening the awards ceremony with a live performance. Ed Sheeran – who won artist of the year – was live on stage with rapper Lil Uzi Vert, but Taylor Swift was a no-show. Fans had to be content with the premiere of her new video Look What You Made Me Do. The video shows the 27-year-old singer emerging…

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The Autofictions of Kendrick Lamar

At the start of his popular ascendance, Kendrick Lamar made a point of hiding. In the 2012 video for “Money Trees,” he was shot askance, frequently blocking the camera’s view with his hand in a gesture of cool self-protection. The “spectacle” of Lamar was instead his own handle on his voice—or voices. Lamar is a rapper who engages modulations like singers do; his voice is an instrument of feeling. With it, he darts easily across the range of masculine consciousness; he can sound wry, and then, all of a sudden,…

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