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The Movie Tie-In Novelty Song Was Never Better — or Cornier — Than With Will Smith’s ‘Men in Black’

Smith was a bona fide movie star when ‘Men in Black’ hit theaters in 1997, but he wasn’t a superstar until he officially ditched DJ Jazzy Jeff, danced with a CGI alien and rapped about the coolness of ‘galaxy defenders’ for the film’s eponymous title track

Kendrick Lamar’s ‘We Cry Together’ Is Such a Disturbing Song About Relationships That Nobody Wants to Hear It

The abrasive duet just set a record for the biggest single-week drop on the Billboard charts. But the discomfort the track provokes is entirely the point — especially at a time when domestic abuse is all over the news

The Only Thing Rap Lyrics Will Prove in Court Is Racism

Young Thug is the latest example of how prosecutors are using rappers’ lyrics as criminal evidence against them in courtrooms across America. The tactic, which is not used with any other art forms or types of music, is a clear case of a racist legal system

‘I’ll Be Missing You’ Let the Whole World Grieve Biggie’s Murder

Did Puff Daddy shamelessly swipe ‘Every Breath You Take’ for his hit ballad? Yes, but the Police song also had a surprising emotional connection for the producer-rapper saying goodbye to his good friend