hip-hop

RJD2 Refines His Signature Sound on ‘Visions Out of Limelight’

RJD2 Refines His Signature Sound on ‘Visions Out of Limelight’

RJD2 felt he was getting pigeonholed for his sample-based style, only to be lambasted when diverting from it. On his new album, he embraces his true muse.

Summer 2024 European Music Festivals Light Up Major Cities

Summer 2024 European Music Festivals Light Up Major Cities

Sure, Glastonbury and Rock Werchter dazzle with pastoral grandeur, but if you’re more of a city-dweller, check out the best European music festivals this summer.

A Freewheeling Questlove Drops a New Hit with ‘Hip-Hop Is History’

A Freewheeling Questlove Drops a New Hit with ‘Hip-Hop Is History’

With its deft layering of words, its samples, and how it articulates sound, Questlove’s Hip-Hop Is History is like De La Soul’s excellent album 3 Feet High and Rising.

Slum Village Boldly Take Hip-Hop to the Disco

Slum Village Boldly Take Hip-Hop to the Disco

Nearly a decade since their last album, T3 and Young RJ continue Slum Village’s legacy as a duo, bringing the group’s sound into a mature yet danceable space.

Lynks Balances Swagger and Self-Doubt on His Catchy Debut

Lynks Balances Swagger and Self-Doubt on His Catchy Debut

ABOMINATION has a secret weapon: Lynks’ ear for catchy musical hooks. It’s a rollicking record that’s equal parts swagger and self-doubt.

War & Peace: The Cultural Meaning of Kendrick Lamar vs. Drake

War & Peace: The Cultural Meaning of Kendrick Lamar vs. Drake

The Kendrick Lamar vs. Drake feud is serious, but it is the claim to and manipulation of culture that may have the greatest consequences for all of us.

Son of Freedom: Dissident Iranian Rapper Toomaj Salehi

Son of Freedom: Dissident Iranian Rapper Toomaj Salehi

Dissident Iranian rapper Toomaj Salehi – an heir to the legacies of Persian rap’s founders – carries a torch for Women, Life, Freedom as death looms.

Shabazz Palaces Resist Profiling on Elusive ‘Exotic Birds of Prey’

Shabazz Palaces Resist Profiling on Elusive ‘Exotic Birds of Prey’

Following Robed in Rareness from last fall, Shabazz Palaces continues a provisional series with the cryptic and digressive Exotic Birds of Prey.

Aesop Rock’s ‘Integrated Tech Solutions’ Continues His Excellence

Aesop Rock’s ‘Integrated Tech Solutions’ Continues His Excellence

Aesop Rock has always excelled at vivid character sketches and using his music to work through the most challenging parts of life. His latest LP is no different.

Kid Cudi Channels Travis Scott on ‘Insano’

Kid Cudi Channels Travis Scott on ‘Insano’

Kid Cudi’s 21-track-long effort is disastrously dull, vague, and full of clichés from his media library of sounds and the genre in general.

The 21 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2023

The 21 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2023

The best hip-hop albums celebrate classic styles with new approaches, blend rap with electronic, jazz, and soul, and push the boundaries of genre.

Nicki Minaj Reigns on ‘Pink Friday 2’

Nicki Minaj Reigns on ‘Pink Friday 2’

Pink Friday 2 is the sound of Nicki Minaj cracking her knuckles and getting her hands dirty again. It’s the purest distillation of her uniquely feminine bravado.