The 40 Best Rap Albums Of 2017

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Streaming changed things. 2017 was the year that rap once again reaffirmed its stranglehold on the collective imagination of America’s youth. Like the moment when Billboard first started using Soundscan and inadvertently proved the massive popularity of N.W.A, the streaming services of the world showed just how powerful this music remains. Rap dominated streaming charts. More »

Stop Enabling These Dweebs, Beyoncé

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Can we talk about Eminem’s Revival tracklist for a minute? It is not a promising tracklist. “Foreboding” is a better word for it. Look at these features:

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— Marshall Mathers (@Eminem) December 5, 2017 I have not yet heard “Bad Husband” featuring X Ambassadors, but I am certain … More »

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

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Someone really let Billy Corgan direct his own 40-minute silent film, the thing he decided to do rather than making a bunch of actual music videos. I dare anyone not related to Corgan to sit through the entire thing. Just scrubbing through Pillbox so I could post about it was a painful experience. As a … More »

Superstar K-Pop Boy Band BTS Launch Their American Invasion

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The best way to judge a boy band’s potency is the intensity of the screaming throng that accompanies its every move. That was true in the 1960s, when the mop-top-era Beatles incited widespread hysteria, and it was true again at the turn of the millennium, when Backstreet Boys and NSYNC became the faces of a … More »

Post Malone – “Rockstar” (Feat. 21 Savage) Video

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Post Malone’s hazy, watery 21 Savage collab “Rockstar” has been the #1 song in the country for weeks now, and as of this morning, it now has a music video. Considering that this is already an enormous hit, it’s a bit weird that Post Malone and director Emil Nava decided to go … More »

A-Trak enhances Post Malone’s ‘Rockstar’ with insane launchpad and scratching video

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A-Trak uploaded an education-centered video of him flipping Post Malone and 21 Savage‘s hit single “Rockstar.” While explaining the inspiration behind the video and, layer by layer, detailing how-to’s relevant to the live gear he’s using, A-Trak gets down and dirty with a supremely impressive live rundown on his vinyl routine for “Rockstar.”

The single transforms the feel of the original into a bouncy, busy, highly sampled bass calamity that boggles the ears and stands as another testament to A-Trak’s “Real DJ” ethos.

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A-Trak shares slick Grammy tribute to Chance The Rapper [Video]

A-Trak, Bauuer team up on new tracks, ‘Fern Gully’ & ‘Dumbo Drop’ 

 A-Trak enlists Quavo & Lil Yachty for latest single, “Believe” 

 

On Blue Lips, Tove Lo Continues Her Fall From The Clouds

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One of the world’s greatest pop singer-songwriters seemed to achieve her final form this year by having drunken sex with a muppet in a music video called “Disco Tits.” The song itself is a jam, a poised and minimal dance-floor deconstruction that toggles between spacious staccato piano stabs and synthetic bass throbs that roll with … More »

Watch 21 Savage’s Stunningly Awful NBA Halftime-Show Performance

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Judging by all available footage, the young Atlanta rap star 21 Savage has never been much of a live performer. His laconic, cold-blooded style isn’t really suited to the stage, and he doesn’t have the presence to sell his threats. But up until this morning, we never really knew just how bad he could be. More »

21 Savage – “Bank Account” Video (Feat. Mike Epps)

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21 Savage’s menacing, meditative “Bank Account” was already a massive hit and easily the biggest song from his debut album Issa Album, and that was before it got a video. Today, it gets a video. The clip is essentially a Die Hard remake, with Savage leading a team of office-hijacker gunmen and serving as … More »

Maroon 5 And The Rock Band As A Pop Hit-Making Machine

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For well over a decade, Rivers Cuomo has been trying to turn Weezer into a pop band. Weezer have always played a kind of pop music, of course; their 1994 debut (“The Blue Album“) overflowed with weapons-grade catchy rock songs you can dance to, and even its aggressively blown-out follow-up Pinkerton followed suit. More »