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First Listen: Quelle Chris, 'Guns'

Thursday, March 21, 2019

With both eyes trained on the absurd, the underrated veteran rapper parses ideologies that drive so much animus around the world.


Leikeli47: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, March 11, 2019

The artist came to the Tiny Desk masked up, as always, the better to catch a glimpse of her soul.


Tank And The Bangas Announce New Album With 'Ants' Video Premiere

Thursday, March 07, 2019

The 2017 Tiny Desk Contest winners are set to release their first major-label LP, Green Balloon, on May 3.


Solange And 2 Chainz Drop New Music

Saturday, March 02, 2019

Two highly-anticipated albums dropped this week: Solange's When I Get Home and 2 Chainz's Rap Or Go to the League.


Zaytoven: Tiny Desk Concert

Thursday, February 28, 2019

The Atlanta trap super-producer and son of a preacher man saved the day with a soulful Tiny Desk.


How Ludwig Göransson Helped Orchestrate America's Conversation On Race In 2018

Saturday, February 23, 2019

The Swedish composer is the link between Childish Gambino's "This is America," Grammys' song and record of the year, and Black Panther, which could help him win an Oscar this weekend.


New Music Friday: Our Top 8 Albums Out Feb. 22

Friday, February 22, 2019

Our picks for the best albums out this week include an epic treatise on Americanism from Gary Clark Jr., the delicate and beautiful sounds of singer Julia Jacklin, Atlanta rapper Gunna and more.


The Grammys Don't Have A Hip-Hop Problem. The Grammys Have A Grammy Problem

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The Recording Academy stepped up on Sunday, giving major awards to Childish Gambino, Cardi B and Drake, but these efforts might be too late to make up for decades of turning its back on the genre.


Live Blog: The 2019 Grammy Awards

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Updates from the 61st annual Grammys, which handed awards to a wide range of artists. Kacey Musgraves and Childish Gambino, who took home top prizes, each won multiple awards, but nobody dominated.


Tierra Whack's Labor Of Self-Love, From Car Wash To Critical Mass

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

A misplaced Grammy nomination meets classic blaxploitation as hip-hop's rising star recalls the watershed period in her journey to self-discovery.


Gladys Knight To Sing The Super Bowl's National Anthem, As A Perilous Fight Endures

Saturday, January 19, 2019

In a statement, Knight failed to balm an increasingly pronounced cultural rift that's come to dominate the conversation around this year's big game.


Buddy: Tiny Desk Concert

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

The preacher's son from Compton brought his flair for the dramatic, and an air of rebellion, to the Tiny Desk.


The Best Rap Albums Of 2018 Were Totally Surreal

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Our list of the year's best hip-hop is an encapsulation of a year awash in trolls and tabloid fodder, grief and grit and escapist fantasy, and also an attempt to extract meaning from the chaos.


Earl Sweatshirt Releases 'The Mint,' Plans To Drop 'Some Rap Songs' Album This Month

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

On the new song from Earl's forthcoming album, the former prodigy prolongs his coming-of-age story and reflects on a tumultuous year.


Listen: Tyler, The Creator's Grinch-Inspired EP Is No Christmas Wrap

Friday, November 16, 2018

While inspired by his work scoring the new 'Grinch' film, this is no novelty release. Instead, the largely instrumental project feels like bonus songs from last year's Flower Boy.


On 'SNL,' Lil Wayne And Future Address Consent

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Two rappers find themselves in a comedy skit as foils for a serious message.


Earl Sweatshirt Finds Himself With 'Nowhere2Go'

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Earl Sweatshirt has always been an enigma. Though the prodigy turned prodigal son is an old soul now, that cryptic sensibility still surrounds the release of his newest single.


Vince Staples' 'FM!' Is A Potent Critique Of How We Consume Black Art (And It Slaps!)

Monday, November 05, 2018

Leave it to rap's reigning iconoclast to release a summertime album full of bops and cognitive dissonance in the dead of fall.


Could Future & Juice WRLD Be Trap's Trojan-Horse Advocates For Drug Policy Reform?

Thursday, October 25, 2018

In three new videos from the addictive WRLD ON DRUGS, the trap stars collaborate to muddy the line between celebration and social commentary.


Travis Scott And Drake Head To 'Sicko Mode' Houston, Where It's Always Nighttime

Friday, October 19, 2018

The Dave Meyers-directed visual is a kaleidoscopic view into Scott's psychedelic, whiplashing Astroworld, with an assist from Drake — and the entire city he's from.