Hip Hop

Hip-hop is currently awash in luxury dad rap. In the last decade rap has seen an emergence men with unresolved daddy issues dealing with the mundane and costly realities of becoming fathers themselves. Jay-Z faced the thought of losing his family in the wake of infidelity on 4:44. Kanye West’s Ye clumsily dealt with his […]

For R&B stars, J. Cole is a risky feature. On the one hand, he’s a massive star, capable of introducing your song to a new audience while, hopefully, making it better. However, his contributions to the Rhythm and Blues pantheon so far are often questionable, a frequent mixture of horny nonsense and misjudged punchlines. Cole […]

On a sleepy Monday morning at the horse stables in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park, Lil Nas X has got exactly one horse in the back. Nas — real name Montero Hill — is the 20-year-old rapper and internet savant behind the unlikeliest hit single of this (or any) year: the hip-hop-country crossover “Old Town Road.” […]

Revealing, complicated and contentious, musical influence is like a family tree. In the last 15 years, no musician’s roots have been dissected more than Kanye West’s. The production and lyrical sensibilities of A Tribe Called Quest and Ma$e birthed the young Chicago star and, in turn, West’s suburban anxieties and everyman relatability made way for […]

“Homicide” is simple: Two self-righteous rappers walk into a room and, somehow, get more self-righteous. For Mountain Dew mafia circles and cream-colored cul-de-sacs Logic and Eminem‘s first collaboration is an event. It’s also an amplification of the two patron saints of perceived persecution’s worst, though arguably most lucrative, tendencies. On one side, Sir Robert Bryson […]

Wiz Khalifa saluted his fans on 4/20 by releasing a new music video for his song “Taylor” along with a surprise mixtape. Only, the Pittsburgh rapper was so excited he kind of spoiled his own drop by tweeting cryptically the day before: “Fly Times Vol. 1 will inspire a whole new generation of bosses.” Khalifa’s […]

Kevin Abstract‘s “The 1-9-9-9 Is Coming” isn’t long. The song’s runtime is a little under two minutes and contains one verse — just 45 seconds of rapping. There’s no hook, no bridge, no climax. Nothing to cut the dour subject matter. Nevertheless, in that short window Abstract illustrates a life of alienation and precarious financial […]

Lil Nas X‘s “Old Town Road” is a sensation. The genre-bending “country trap” song has jumped from TikTok-aided hit to a cultural phenomenon (see: Ellen DeGeneres dancing in a wig and cowboy hat), and its success may put it back on the Country charts after its initial removal. The song is earning more daily streams […]

Rap fans across the world are mourning Nipsey Hussle. The 33-year-old Los Angeles rapper, born Ermias Asghedom, was shot and killed on Sunday in front of his clothing store in L.A., per NBC. Listeners, both loyal and casual, have shared their condolences and feelings of disbelief since news of his death began to spread. Artists […]

The list of artists heading to Vegas this year is getting a little longer. Reggaeton stars J. Balvin and Ozuna, and DJ heavyweights Armin van Buuren, Deadmau5 and Eric Prydz are among the new artists launching residencies at the KAOS Dayclub and Nightclub this spring, inside the Palms Casino Resort. The performers join previously announced […]

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