Let me take you back to a moment in the not-so-distant past, a proudly and obnoxiously loud era in pop music history known as the early 2010s. More »
Tucked near the end of Maren Morris’ new album GIRL is a lovely little tune called “The Bones.” Like many Morris songs, it’s not about the art of songwriting but could just as easily be an allegory for her expertise in that area. In “The Bones,” a busted old house that has weathered the elements … More »
Do you remember what you were doing the night of December 31, 2016? Just after midnight, I was at home watching Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest, still smarting from Ohio State’s brutal loss to Clemson in the College Football Playoff, when onto my screen bounded Mariah Carey, apropos of nothing. Carey … More »
“I’m an R&B nigga with a hip-hop core.” That’s 6LACK, the Atlanta singer born Ricardo Valentine, on “Scripture,” a track from East Atlanta Love Letter, the #3 album in America this week. That title and 6LACK’s stage name both reference Zone 6, the crime-riddled section of East Atlanta where he grew up. If you’re among … More »
Young Thug‘s released the highly anticipated On the Rvn EP.
Despite its fair share of setbacks and Thugger’s arrest earlier this year, the rapper’s managed to nab a who’s-who of artists for the work, creating an experimental roster that spans generations and genres while putting diehard fans at ease.
This is Thugger for the radio. With features from 6LACK and Jaden Smith and even a starry-eyed Elton John appearance on the project’s final track “High” — Thugger’s own homage to John’s seminal Honky Château hit “Rocket Man — the EP’s Thugger’s most left-of-field pop star self-positioning to date.
He seamlessly transitions from rapping and singing on the terrifically terrible, and yet beautiful ambient crooning of the EP’s standout “High.” And although the Elton John track initially leaked in August, fans are finally invited to absorb Young Thug’s imperfectly autotuned “I’m a rocket man” croons in full. The rapper’s somewhere out in the stratosphere on “High,” channeling a level of brevity and experimentation that feels grounded solely in its nonexistence, and it’s a theme that runs the entire work.
If you’re wondering where Young Thug gets off giving his new EP basically the same name as Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s co-headlining tour: Bey and Jay may have made a fortune playacting the fugitive lifestyle, but Young Thug has been out here actually on the run in recent months. More »
Poor Icona Pop. The shouty Swedish singing duo don’t have much to hang their hat on, historically speaking. In the moment, I thought their 2013 debut album was pretty good, but time has mostly forgotten them. The one thing they could definitely claim is SEO dominance for the phrase “I Love It” thanks to the … More »
Back in the ’90s, the Virginia producer Timbaland introduced a spaced-out, synthy sound that absolutely changed the entire aesthetic for radio-friendly rap and R&B. In recent months, Timbo has been busy again, working with younger artists like the SoundCloud rapper Ski Mask The Slump God. And today, Timbaland has teamed up with the Atlanta R&B … More »