The Wild Ride Of Rap Music In The ’10s

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Drake-and-Future“From doing records from sampling, I started learning the science about what happened to soul music,” the Alchemist told me 13 years ago. One evening, at New York’s Baseline Studios, I sat in a backroom full of ancient, dusty records, and I listened to the Alchemist and Just Blaze talk about disco. The … More »

The 20 Best Music Videos Of The 2010s

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Best-VideosIn the very early days of this century, people would still sometimes watch music videos on television. MTV’s Total Request Live was in its halcyon era in 2000, and the show wouldn’t be cancelled until 2008. Meanwhile, YouTube debuted in 2005, changing the way everyone experienced the music video. So the 2010s are the first … More »

The 200 Best Songs Of The 2010s

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When this decade began, MP3s still reigned supreme. Now, at the end of it, a song is no longer even a file — it’s ephemera, on every streaming service and available to hear in myriad ways. For better and worse, the song (and the single) have become the norm for the general public’s music consumption. More »

The 100 Best Albums Of The 2010s

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The 100 Best Albums Of The 2010sA decade is an arbitrary measurement. They seem confined, these neat little symmetrical 10-year runs, but it’s only in hindsight that we define them, that their signifiers and trends and shorthand become codified. In reality, there are bleeds, the timbre and events of one chunk of time sliding over the border into another. If you’re … More »

Watch Chance The Rapper Perform And Host On Saturday Night Live

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Chance The Rapper was all over Saturday Night Live last night as the performer pulled double duty as both host and musical guest. In his opening monologue, he talked about the Chicago teacher strike and did a little ditty about the Second City and other second-best things. He also appeared in a bunch … More »

Watch Brockhampton Perform “Sugar,” Freestyle About A Bad Jimmy Fallon Movie On The Tonight Show

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Brockhampton-on-FallonLast night was an action-packed evening in late-night TV. Jimmy Kimmel had a surprise Kanye West appearance, and he also aired a comedy bit with his competitor Jimmy Fallon. As for Fallon, he hosted a whole lot of rappers on his show. Last night’s Tonight Show musical guests were Brockhampton, who recently released … More »

Chance The Pumpkin Carver

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Is A Rap American Idol Even Possible?

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Rhythm-And-FlowTwelve years ago, someone from MTV called me and asked me to come into their office. I went. I met Ashton Kutcher in the lobby. It was weird. More »

Chance The Rapper Will Host And Perform On SNL In 2 Weeks

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Chance The Rapper will be Saturday Night Live’s next host and musical guest when the show returns in a couple of weeks on 10/26. Chance has both hosted (in November 2017) and been the musical guest (in December 2016) in the past, but this will be his first time pulling double duty. Earlier this year, … More »

Watch Chance The Rapper Do Carpool Karaoke With James Corden

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Chance-The-Rapper-and-James-CordenChance The Rapper remains in neverending promo mode. Back in July, Chance released his so-called “debut album” The Big Day, and he was all over the place pushing that thing. This week, Netflix is releasing the first season of Rhythm + Flow, a new rap-competition show where Chance is a judge. More »