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Jon Caramanica (born 1975) is an American journalist and pop music critic who writes for The New York Times.[1][2] He is especially known for writing about hip hop music.[3]


Born in Brooklyn, New York, Caramanica received his bachelor's degree from Harvard University in 1997, after which he did PhD work at Goldsmiths, University of London.[1][2] He has published articles in various magazines and newspapers, including Rolling Stone and Spin, before becoming a senior contributing writer for XXL. In 2006, he left XXL to become the music editor for Vibe,[2] a position he held until leaving the magazine in 2008.[4] He began working for the New York Times in 2010, after previously having freelanced for the paper.[1] He also hosts the music podcast Popcast.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "Jon Caramanica". The New York Times. Retrieved 2017-08-24.
  2. ^ a b c "Vibe Adds Four New Staffers". Adweek. 2006-08-09. Retrieved 2017-08-24.
  3. ^ Ex, Kris (2014-02-20). "A Phony Article Epitomizes Hip-Hop's Struggling Underclass". Retrieved 2017-08-24.
  4. ^ Koblin, John (2008-03-18). "Don't Stop the Music! Times Hunts at Slate, Vibe for New Pop Critic". Observer. Retrieved 2017-08-24.
  5. ^ "Kanye West: You Asked, We Answered". The New York Times. 2018-06-27. Retrieved 2018-09-01.