THE WAY WE WERE

... IN FEB 2006

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YOUTH AND YOUNG MAN­HOOD

On the cover is a young rap­per from Western Canada, one few had heard of be­fore he dropped his de­but Break­ing Kay­fabe in early 2006. By the end of that year, he’d be nom­i­nated for the first-ever Po­laris Mu­sic Prize, a spot he’d earn two more times on his way to be­com­ing one of Canada’s big­gest pre-Drake rap ex­ports. He’s due for a new full-length to cel­e­brate ten years in this game.

THE DY­ING THROES OF AN IN­DUS­TRY

Ever won­der how ex­actly the mu­sic in­dus­try con­trib­uted to its own im­plo­sion in the last decade? DRM (dig­i­tal rights man­age­ment) is one fac­tor. Start­ing around 2005, ma­jor la­bels tried to put dig­i­tal locks even on mu­sic you bought, dic­tat­ing how many times it could be ex­ported to a com­puter, what stereos it would play on, even lim­it­ing ac­cess to the then-new iPod. How’d that work out?

READ­ERS RULE

In our then-an­nual Read­ers Poll Re­sults, our wise read­er­ship demon­strated ex­cel­lent taste in nam­ing Sufjan Stevens’ Illinois, Kanye West’s Late Reg­is­tra­tion, M.I.A.’s Aru­lar and Pro­pa­gandhi’s Potemkin City Lim­its amongst the year’s best. See how this year’s re­sults re­flect 2015 on page 14. JAMES KEAST

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