Dean Van Nguyen

Dean Van Nguyen

Music Journalist & Cultural Critic

As seen in The Irish Times, The Guardian, Pitchfork, NME, Passion of the Weiss, The Independent, Wax Poetics etc.

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Prince vs the internet: The relationship that forecast the future

Prince Rogers Nelson has left Planet Earth, but ours was a world he could barely claim residency in. He’d long since hyper-swerved over a couple of dimensions, seared the landscape with a party apocalypse, and created his own utopia built on dance, music, sex and romance. It’s a world where a purifying dip in Lake Minnetonka doesn’t mean washing away your sins, but loosening your shackles. A highway of red Corvettes and customised Honda bikes. A skyline of erotic cities and graffiti bridges, an adornment of pink cashmere and raspberry berets. Our mode of transportation there is the art he made. What Prince allowed us to see and hear mattered. He passed away having never once taken a bad photograph.

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New York City Props: Flatbush Zombies on staying independent and getting blanked by Spike Lee

The opening years of this decade have seen a flood of new rappers breathe life into hip-hop’s holy city. With the internet on command, their ears finely tuned to regional inventiveness, and the weight of New York’s history sewn into their ethos, they’ve tasked themselves with putting the East Coast back on the map.