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Wednesday, February 8 2012

“Don’t Let Me Fall”: Hip-Hop in the Age of Austerity

Rappers have always wrestled with the question of how to succeed in a society where the odds are stacked against them. The biggest difference now is that their middle class listeners have the same worries.


Wednesday, December 7 2011

The Best Producers of 2011

Noah "40" Shebib, Doc McKinney, and Illangelo provide a welcome reminder that a talented rapper or a gifted singer isn’t all it takes to create memorable, moving hip-hop or R&B.


Tuesday, January 18 2011

Part 1: From Admiral Radley to Glasser

The three-day 2010 edition of Slipped Discs kicks off with the folk rock of Blitzen Trapper, the collaboration of David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, the timeless pop of Crowded House, the brilliant hip-hop of Drake, and many more. All records that missed our top 70 list last year.


Thursday, December 17 2009

The Best Singles of 2009

PopMatters kicks off our annual two-week-long best music of the year feature with the 50 best singles of 2009, highlighted by a trio of American indie rock headliners.


Monday, December 14 2009

The Best Hip-Hop of 2009

2009 was the Year of the Comeback, filled with powerful storytelling, dense lyricism, and sprawling departures.


Reviews

Wednesday, October 2 2013

Drake: Nothing Was the Same (Take 2)

Drake and studiomate Noah Shebib's Nothing Was the Same is, much like Take Care before it, a gorgeous record. But is it as good?


Tuesday, September 24 2013

Drake: Nothing Was the Same (Take 1)

The problem with Drake, and a major flaw of Nothing Was the Same, is Aubrey Graham's continued failure to be convincing in his chosen role.


Sunday, November 13 2011

Drake: Take Care

Discard nearly everything dislikable about Thank Me Later, amplify the emotional candor by several degrees, and get ready for the most complete pop album of 2011.


Tuesday, June 15 2010

Drake: Thank Me Later

Drake's first full-length release is good, but it won't satisfy the many fans who expected Thank Me Later to cement him as one of rap's most talented acts.


Sunday, September 27 2009

Drake: So Far Gone

It's impossible to dismiss a solid collection of songs, even if it's an obvious attempt to fatten the wallets of everyone involved.


Blogs

Thursday, July 12 2012

Predicting the 2012 Polaris Prize Short List

This is probably a dumb idea. But, here is what I expect to make the Polaris Prize's Short List.


Monday, December 5 2011

Bubbling Under the 75 Best Songs of 2011: Drake

Today we presented our Best 75 Songs of 2011. Here are several more just bubbling under the top 75...


Sunday, November 7 2010

Voodoo Experience: 2010 - New Orleans

With a recent contract being signed to keep Voodoo in New Orleans through 2019, fans can expect the event to continue to grow and be a fitting close to each year’s music festival season.


News

Thursday, August 9 2012

Drake releases posthumous Aaliyah single ‘Enough Said’

LOS ANGELES — Twenty seconds into “Enough Said,” the posthumous Aaliyah single that Drake released Sunday, it’s impossible not to feel an eerie chill. When


Friday, June 22 2012

Drake just wants to make his fans feel special

DETROIT — It’s a bustling summer for Drake, the Canadian actor, singer and rapper. Having honed his live chops with a winter college tour, the 2


Wednesday, March 28 2012

Magazines’ celebrity profiles take exposure to another level

LOS ANGELES — On the cover of the current GQ, a beaming Drake strides confidently toward the reader, fit and fearless in a $3,100 Gucci suit and $1,590


Tuesday, June 15 2010

Canadian rapper Drake looks to seize the moment, then make it last

Drake fits into a continuum of rap debutantes that includes West and Queens hardcore MC 50 Cent who similarly generated a deafening hive of buzz before either of their debut albums came out.


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