Sunday, December 14 2014
The music world saw reissues from all over the genre map, spanning classic rock titans to electronic music legends.
Tuesday, December 11 2012
From riotous humor to sociopolitical commentary, hip-hop in 2012 gave us quality and variety.
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.
Tuesday, December 27 2011
The year's best songs are headlined by an instant synth pop classic, the massive hitmaking of the planet's hottest new diva, the pristine harmonies of a young band headed for greatness, the return of the poster boys for indie rock, and an instant Americana classic.
Thursday, December 18 2008
PopMatters presents our 60 best albums of 2008, highlighted by the return of British trip-hop legends and some infectious American indie rock by way of the Cascade Mountains.
Sunday, June 22 2014
The record industry makes huge efforts to reissue rock CDs, but nowhere near as much effort for hip-hop CDs.
Sunday, July 19 2009
The "half-man, half-amazin'", Nas' persona is part myth and part "everyday kid" from the Queensbridge projects.
Thursday, December 11 2008
Will black pop artists still see themselves as outsiders now that a black person is President? Will they use their cultural platform to criticize him if need be, just as they did to help elect him?
Sunday, July 29 2007
Our enemy is not the "N-word" itself; it’s whatever propels people to use it. We need healers, not language nannies.
Thursday, July 26 2012
Soundtrack makes for a pretty good listen, but doesn't live up to its audacious subtitle.
Monday, July 16 2012
Nas tries to power through uneven production with fiery raps, but the sad truth is that the self-conscious way Life is Good is put together undermines his energy and intention.
Monday, July 16 2012
Welcome back to the realm of excellence, Nasir Jones.
Thursday, October 20 2011
Smith's dynamic sound clearly appeals to a wide demographic, resulting in a diverse crowd that becomes like one nation under a groove here tonight.
Sunday, July 13 2008
Nas's ninth studio LP lost its title. Its content, however, deserves far more dialogue than the controversy generated by what he wanted to call it.
Wednesday, October 3 2012
Nas has released a video for "Cherry Wine" featuring vocals from the late, great Amy Winehouse. Great mix.
Tuesday, January 26 2010
One is arguably the most iconic lyricist in rap history; the other is a reggae star and the son of a legendary musician/activist (Bob
Sunday, July 20 2008
Tuesday, July 15 2008
Tracks six and seven...
Monday, July 14 2008
Tracks four and five: the triumphant pop songs...
Wednesday, July 18 2012
It’s easy to get a sense of how the rapper Nas has seen himself over the years by noting his choice of album cover