What are you listening to this week? 

Of the few 2016 records I find I’m still listening to regularly, Princess Nokia’s 1992 mixtape probably tops the list. Because 1992 was my introduction to the 25-year-old New Yorker, I know her first and foremost as a scrappy underground MC, but Nokia—real name Destiny Frasqueri—is an unfathomably multitalented…

Lil B is offering free verses to artists affected by Harvey

It’s been a while since Twitter genius, Chance The Rapper associate, and amateur arachnologist Lil B produced any new music, but maybe he just hadn’t encountered a cause important enough to get him back into the studio. Today, the rapper—known as “TheBasedGod” to his online followers—was apparently inspired by the…

Arachnologists weigh in on Lil B’s controversial spider thoughts

Other than dropping the occasional mixtape or online freestyle, rapper and social media star Lil B seems to spend most of his time spreading his “based” message of irony-free positivity on the internet, applying it not just to people, but to the myriad creepy-crawlies of the world. Known as “The Based God” to his…

What’s your favorite song of the year so far?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…