Here's how Justin Timberlake and Pusha T helped create McDonald's "I'm Lovin It" jingle

It’s just five notes—ba-da-ba-ba-baaaa—but you know it. It’s invaded your dreams, hijacked your thoughts, and, in moments of pure distress, perhaps even brought you comfort. Those five notes form the spine of McDonald’s “I’m Lovin’ It” slogan, and, though they may sound simple, they form the basis for a story of…

The best albums of 2018 so far

As arbitrary as the demarcation of New Year’s Day is, it’s always thrilling to watch a new year in music take shape. While it’s often slow going in the earliest weeks, our first serious best-of contender arrived in the earliest hours of 2018 via Jeff Rosenstock’s vital, politically charged POST-. By the spring, we had…

The feud between Drake and Pusha T might really be over already 

Kanye West may not be God, but nobody can deny that he’s just about as close as we’re ever going to get. On Saturday, he descended to our mortal realm to try and break up the feud between Drake and Pusha T—though “feud” is a little generous considering that Drake essentially brought Socker Boppers to a knife fight…

Noted peacemaker and unifying figure Kanye West thinks this Drake / Pusha T feud has gone too far

Clearly worried that all this online drama, outsized public egotism, and needless divisiveness will distract people from the important things in life—i.e., the life and antics of one Kanye West—the Ye rapper is now attempting to put his foot down to stop the feud between his frequent collaborator Pusha T and Canadian…

Pusha-T does not feel even the slightest bit sorry, in case you were wondering

Last night, Pusha-T released one of the most caustic, personal diss tracks ever conceived, running rough-shod through Drake’s parents’s divorce, his ethnicity, his alleged illegitimate child, the health of his friend longtime producer Noah “40" Shabib, and a whole lot more. It was low blow after low blow, and released…

The bracing, brilliant Daytona is uncut Pusha T

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Pusha T came out of the gate fully evolved. He kicks off the intro to Clipse’s Lord Willin’, released in 2002, talking shit and pushing weight—“Playas we ain’t the same, I’m into ’caine and guns”—a statement of purpose from which he never wavered. He was 25. Over Clipse’s ensuing mixtapes and albums, he and brother…

Kanye changed Pusha-T's album cover to a photo of Whitney Houston's bathroom

Tomorrow Pusha-T’s long-awaited new record comes out, his first since 2015. The 7-track DAYTONA is executive produced by Kanye West, serving as the first in the producer’s volley of five new records, and, while it should be Pusha’s show, Kanye’s still stealing some of the headlines. A few leaked clips from his album…

What are you listening to this week?

Iggy Pop has seen a lot of death in his time—the recent deaths of friends, collaborators, and contemporaries like David Bowie, Ron Asheton, Lou Reed, Leonard Cohen, and on and on, leaving the guy who was once synonymous with drug-ravaged excess an unlikely last wild man standing. Still, while Pop has long since…

Common, Pusha T, and Gucci Mane release electrifying remix of “Black America Again”

Two weeks ago, Common released Black America Again, a fire-breathing statement of purpose and easily his best album in a decade. When the title cut comes on, four tracks in, with a somber piano figure and the opening couplet, “Here we go, here here we go again / Trayvon will never be an older man,” it becomes clear…

Pusha T wants to legalize marijuana, and not because it’s awesome

Although his music does have political undertones, and he’s a vocal fan of Hillary Clinton, Pusha T is also about partying and having fun. But that’s not why he’s advocating on behalf of California’s Proposition 64 law, which would legalize recreational marijuana use in the state for people 21 and up. (McDonald’s and…

Actually, maybe Pusha T didn’t write the “I’m Lovin’ It” jingle

In a month, the world has gone from having virtually no idea where the infectious “I’m Lovin’ It” McDonald’s jingle came from to now having people arguing about who should get credit for it—and not in a “don’t blame me for that” way, either. Last month, former record executive Steve Stoute revealed that rapper Pusha T…

You’ll never guess who wrote McDonald’s “I’m Lovin’ It” jingle

For whatever reason—musical integrity, general disinterest, etc.—the origins of McDonald’s “I’m Lovin’ It” jingle have long been a semi-secret. There have been rumblings that Justin Timberlake and Pharrell Williams wrote the second-long earworm, but those were never really confirmed, even though the former sung a…

From Paul Simon to Tegan And Sara, here’s what’s coming to record stores and streaming services in June

Every Friday, dozens of new records are released into the wild. Some make big splashes, and others sink almost immediately. For most music consumers, it’s almost too much information, and save for those precious few who spend their hours glued to reviews sites and release calendars, it’s hard to know what’s coming out…

Cataloging G.O.O.D. Fridays: Kanye West’s beautiful dark twisted promotional campaign

Five years ago, Kanye West dropped what many consider to be the greatest album of his career, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. With its expansive production, built-in redemption story, and memorable flows, it was nearly guaranteed to be a critical success, but that wasn’t enough for West. Like any artist, he also…