Hip Hop

This week, Post Malone returned to Number One on the Hot 100. He got there with “Sunflower,” a light, breezy collaboration with Rae Sremmurd’s Swae Lee. It’s not a huge surprise that this song topped the charts. “Sunflower” was recorded for the Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse soundtrack, a movie that to date has made about $150 […]

Simple, monotonous and haunting Lil Peep’s “16 Lines” feels like it lasts for an eternity. The song is one of the dourest on the posthumous Come On Over When You’re Sober, Pt. 2, and its video captures a specific feeling of loneliness and dejection that’s at the heart of Peep’s music. Peep is the sole figure […]

The Cranberries’ lead singer Dolores O’Riordan died one year ago this week. In memory of their departed band member, The Cranberries’ announced a new album, which will be their final release as a band, along with a new single called “All Over Now.” Late on Tuesday afternoon, Vic Mensa also took the opportunity to pay […]

There are some indisputable facts regarding this year’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. First, of the six Spider-Man movies since 2002, Spider-Verse is the best. In a year where Black Panther is vying a Best Picture Oscar and Infinity War is practically printing money, Spider-Verse is still the superior superhero movie of the three. The animated, Miles Morales-starring […]

Boogie is good. Coldplay circa 2002 is…fine. I guess, potentially great if you’re Jay-Z. Nevertheless, the Compton rapper’s “Silent Ride” video looks very similar to Coldplay’s classic video of Chris Martin walking backward through the streets like a psycho person and the Pharcyde’s “Drop.” “Silent Ride” is a narrative told in reverse where Boogie travels from […]

Frenetic, intense and sobering, the “Cops Shot the Kid” video depicts the realities of police brutality and the way it exerts itself on the black community. The visual begins with Nas walking on a beach at sunset, as clips of police dogs barking, dead men lying in the street and piercing sirens fill the screen. […]

The first month of 2019 will belong, apparently, to Future. On Friday, the Atlanta rapper released the video for his new single “Crushed Up.” To top it, though, Epic Records also announced via press release that Future is dropping a new album on January 18th, and on January 11th he’ll debut of his documentary, The […]

Hip-hop dominated music streaming in 2017, leading to some eye-popping record deals for rising stars — $8 million for Lil Pump, $10 million for XXXTentacion before his death, another $15 million for Brockhampton. That wasn’t a one-year spurt in listening, according to the new year-end report published on Thursday by BuzzAngle, which tracks music consumption […]

2019 was supposed to be better. However, just three days into it, Coachella inadvertently disrespected one of the most influential pop stars of the last decade. Alongside the California festival’s markedly more diverse lineup was one glaring mistake: Gucci Mane deserves better. On Wednesday night, Coachella announced its 2019 lineup, which includes Childish Gambino, Tame Impala […]

Hip-Hop’s New Generation Takes OverThe year in hip-hop made one thing blindingly clear: The old guard is, well, old. Kanye West executive-produced five albums over the summer, but it took a Lil Pump feature to get him any traction on streaming services. Nicki Minaj needed a duet with embattled rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine to make any […]

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