Monday, December 9 2013
Jewel running, megalomania, acid rap, and sasquatches -- hip-hop continues to surprise in 2013.
Sunday, December 1 2013
From the electro-dance of Daft Punk, Disclosure and Rudimental and the boundary-pushing R&B of Janelle Monae and John Newman to the warm sounds of Americana blossoming into the hippest sounds in American music and the always-compelling Kanye West, PopMatters counts down 2013's 75 best songs.
Tuesday, June 25 2013
Kanye West is a genius who needs our doubt, and his own contradictions — whether he says it or not.
Thursday, June 7 2012
This week we look at racial profiling through the lens of controversial writer John Derbyshire. We also talk about racism within hip-hop and find ourselves stimulated by the riot porn of the new Jay-Z and Kanye West video. Flash Points ends on a more positive note: the rise of the walking dead.
Wednesday, February 8 2012
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, May 29 2013
On the heels of his sixth solo studio album, it's time to take a look at why Yeezy remains relevant, and why his antics, obnoxious as they can be, never grow old.
Wednesday, September 21 2011
The value of a release as large as Watch the Throne is that it goes beyond the gargantuan personalities involved or even the monster show dates designed to promote it. Part of the value is the discussion it generates.
Thursday, June 27 2013
Yeezus will be brilliant to some, terrible to others. The truth lies somewhere in between.
Sunday, June 16 2013
Yep, it's here. It may not change the game like My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy did, but there's still plenty to keep your attention on album that, of course, has to be called Yeezus.
Thursday, June 13 2013
Torrential rains on the first day caused Friday to end early and left the Governors Ball grounds very very muddy. But throughout the weekend, music from Kanye, Cut Copy and several other bands made trudging through the sloppy field worthwhile.
Thursday, September 27 2012
Everything about Cruel Summer is steeped in grandiosity, but that's not always a good thing.
Tuesday, January 17 2012
Fear of God II: Let Us Pray rarely highlights the strenghts Pusha T established as one-half of Virginian rap duo Clipse.
Tuesday, June 25 2013
After a week of listening to, reading about, and thinking about Kanye West's Yeezus, we take stock of where we are.
Thursday, September 15 2011
Vermont's very own it-band Chamberlin covers a Kanye West tune and releases Chamberlin Cabin Covers EP to aid Vermont flooding victims.
Monday, August 8 2011
808s & Heartbreak -- and this Between the Grooves series -- wraps up with a two-song tandem that exemplifies everything Kanye West's masterpiece-before-the-masterpiece is about.
Monday, August 1 2011
West consciously kept the guest spots and big-name collaborations at a minimum when constructing his fourth album. That mantra allowed this particular joint effort to stand firmly on its own among some of the best work he has ever been a part of.
Monday, July 25 2011
Don't discount "Bad News" because of its placement on 808s & Heartbreak. It's still one of the best art-pop compositions of our time.
Thursday, November 15 2012
LOS ANGELES — Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will help anchor another all-star benefit to aid in Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, once again joined
Wednesday, November 30 2011
LOS ANGELES — Rapper Kanye West scored a leading seven nominations for the 54th annual Grammy Awards, but ceded the brightest spotlight of music industry esteem
Tuesday, August 9 2011
JAY-Z AND KANYE WEST "Watch the Throne" Roc-a-Fella Records (3 1/2 stars) The kingdom is in peril. Confidence has been shaken: "Tears on the mausoleum floor/Blood
Monday, December 20 2010
As she accepted her award for favorite female country artist at November's American Music Awards, Taylor Swift said, "I only want to thank the fans."
Tuesday, November 30 2010
LOS ANGELES — Early this fall, before any kind of promotional push for Kanye West's new album, "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy," had begun in earnest,