Pitchfork Bump: Fat Trel‘s “Rollin” has kinda been out for a while, but it’s still new enough for Pitchfork. In this doesn’t-look-positive-at-first review, writer Jordan Sargent calls the D.C. rapper’s ode to ecstasy “one of the best pop-rap songs of the year.” The next thing they bump should be Oddisee‘s excellent Donald Byrd-inspired Rock Creek Park.
Model Minority: In yesterday’s Washington Post, media reporter Paul Farhi explores a “new” stereotype in advertising that pegs Asian Americans as smart and technologically savvy. It’s not exactly a new stereotype, and it is probably applied more to Asian American men than women, but Farhi’s piece does reveal a somewhat interesting theory: many Asian American consumers have bought into it.
Sound Memory: In light of the MSG nightclub’s indefinite closure, TBD’s Sarah Godfrey rounds up some of the venue’s best shows over the years. (And on the same day, TBD totally ripped off our earthquake playlist idea.)
Today on Arts Desk: Everything and more from this week’s paper, out today in boxes.