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The Linkstravaganza: Hello, It's Been a Minute Edition

It’s been a hot second since we were here last, but that just means there’s been a ton of great web content! If you’re looking for something to read/watch this weekend, start here:

A major topic of discussion in hip-hop today is the generation gap. The New York Times Popcast crew addressed the beef between old and new in a recent episode, but if you want it straight from the source, head to Complex to watch a star-studded panel including Raekwon and Vince Staples debate whether new rappers have “respect for the game.”

Speaking of hip-hop, NPR Music’s Rodney Carmichael explores how two battles illustrate the spirit of competition that fuels the genre. Also at NPR, Andrew Flanagan helps Moonlight director Barry Jenkins hype a chopped and screwed version of the film’s soundtrack.

And if you ever dreamed about a collaboration between a brewery and Run the Jewels, dream no longer.

It’s “Food Week” at The Ringer, which means it’s time to argue about their list of the top 50 fast food items ever. You can also read Allison P. Davis’s spirited defense of Domino's at The Ringer, or head to Food52 for an unexpected source’s answer to the neverending question: do pineapples belong on pizza?

The Washington Post’s Valerie Strauss relays a story that is not actually about blueberries at all.

Deadspin’s Billy Haisley checks on one of my favorite things: dumb Twitter beefs between athletes. Only in this case, it may not be that dumb – Shaq really does seem to go out of his way to trash Javale McGee at every opportunity.

Adam Piore delves into the nature of charisma for Nautilus.

Over at Vox, Sean Illing highlights how the problems at Uber may be symptoms of the broader "bro culture" dominating Silicon Valley.

Warren Buffett and Bill Gates are, to put it mildly, two pretty smart fellows. They seem to think that America is already great.

Ph.D. candidate Amber Batura’s fascinating essay on the role Playboy had in the lives of American soldiers in Vietnam is one of the most intriguing things that ran on the New York Times website all week.

And if you only read one thing this week, read Laurie Penny’s in-depth tale of traveling with Milo Yiannopolous and trying to understand the motivations of the young men who make up his entourage.

-Sean McGoey