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Lei Takanashi's Top 10 Songs of 2021


Heads know: Lei Takanashi is a young writer but an old soul. At Complex he keeps the lights on with regular fashun content, but also is prone to create long articles with extensive reporting that set him apart in the hypemosphere. He's a style guy and a graffiti enthusiast but I came to know him first as a music writer, when we both wrote for Mass Appeal before it pivoted to being an ad agency. This year he definitely put me onto Mimz the Magnificent – I didn't hear anyone else talking about that. The rest of his top 10 is both new-school and classically minded, a little psychedelic, and generally NYC-centric. It's all rap with one indie disco track and I suggest you get into it right meow!


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