Amani Bin Shikhan

Essays

Teyana Taylor's True Potential Shines on Stage

It is consensus that the G.O.O.D. Music-signee deserves more, but what Taylor does with what she has is truly something worthy of marvel.
Amani Bin Shikhan
10.26.18
Interviews

Halal Gang Set the Record Straight

Following the tragic loss of Toronto’s Smoke Dawg, three childhood friends and members of the collective talk about their upbringings and what happens when home fails them.
Amani Bin Shikhan
7.7.18
Essays

The Weeknd Breaks Up With Himself on 'My Dear Melancholy,'

'My Dear Melancholy,' is a break-up album. But who is it, really, that he’s leaving behind?
Amani Bin Shikhan
4.3.18
Essays

What’s Drake to Do When Toronto Isn’t Enough?

"Toronto’s problems always have been and always will be greater than the one who stunned it out of its stupor."
Amani Bin Shikhan
11.20.17
Essays

Daniel Caesar's Holy Devotion to Love on 'Freudian'

On his debut record, the Toronto singer finds himself at the centre of his own reckoning.
Amani Bin Shikhan
8.31.17
Essays

"Bodak Yellow" Is Just the Beginning of Cardi B's Reign

With "Bodak Yellow," Cardi B has stepped out from being a social media star and established herself as a rapper to be taken seriously.
Amani Bin Shikhan
8.2.17
Essays

Drake’s ‘More Life’ Is an Undeniable, Lovable Global Smash

Diaspora Drake is the best Drake—and also the most natural.
Amani Bin Shikhan
3.22.17
Noisey

Why Princess Nokia Matters Now, More Than Ever

Destiny Frasqueri, aka Princess Nokia, knows herself. You should too.
Amani Bin Shikhan
1.30.17
PROFILES

Why Princess Nokia Matters Now, More Than Ever

Destiny Frasqueri, aka Princess Nokia, knows herself. You should too.
Amani Bin Shikhan
1.29.17
Essays

'Starboy' Unravels The Weeknd's Mystery and Brings Abel Tesfaye into Focus

From speaking on growing up without a father, homelessness, and being taken advantage of, The Weeknd has revealed more on one verse on 'Starboy' than any of his prior albums.
Amani Bin Shikhan
11.28.16
Essays

Solange's 'A Seat at the Table’ Rejoices in the Glory of Survival

The artist's personal third album provides a safe haven from the noise of the world.
Amani Bin Shikhan
10.6.16
Essays

What Is Time?

In both 'Endless' and 'Blond(e),' Frank Ocean grapples with mortality, floating between consciousness and psychedelics, faith and his intuition.
Amani Bin Shikhan
8.24.16
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