Watch Drake Join DaBaby Onstage In Toronto

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DaBaby-and-DrakeFor the past decade, Drake has shown an unearthly ability to recognize and collaborate with exciting up-and-coming rappers; it’s part of what’s kept Drake on top for so long. But DaBaby has been famous for almost a year now, and before last night, Drake hadn’t gone out of his way to acknowledge DaBaby’sMore »

The 10 Best Rap Albums Of 2019

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At the end of 2019, rap is the most popular form of music in America, and maybe in the entire world. We know this. The data bears it out. But one thing that the data doesn’t quite show is us that rap, like every other genre of music in our atomized age, is not a … More »

Stereogum’s 100 Favorite Songs Of 2019

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Stereogum's 90 Favorite Songs Of 2019Within the macro tradition that is year-end list season, we at Stereogum have carved out our own micro tradition: Every December, instead of publishing a staff list of the year’s best tracks, we present a bunch of personally selected top-10 lists from our staffers and contributors. So although our rundown of 2019’s bestMore »

Watch J.Lo Host, DaBaby Perform On SNL

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There were two musicians on last night’s Saturday Night Live: jack-of-all-trades Jennifer Lopez, who served as the episode’s host, and the ascending North Carolina rapper DaBaby, who capped off a big year as SNL’s musical guest. Lopez also had a pretty unbelievable year, as she put it in her opening monologue, though the … More »

The 20 Best Music Videos Of 2019

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Music-videosThe streaming services are starting to figure something out: People like music. People also like to throw on things to watch casually in the background. That means we’re now getting Netflix-funded projects like Paul Thomas Anderson and Thom Yorke’s Anima short film, or like Beyoncé’s Coachella concert movie Homecoming. That’s only beginning. We’re going to … More »

DaBaby, Niall Horan, And Lizzo Playing Final SNLs Of 2019

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Saturday Night Live has just announced its musical guests through the end of the year. First up on 12/7 we’ve got DaBaby, performing opposite Jennifer Lopez; on 12/14 it’s former One Directoner Niall Horan with Scarlett Johansson; and finally, on 12/21, that long-anticipated Eddie Murphy guest hosting spot will be done with musical guest Lizzo. More »

Rod Wave, Singer Of Sad Songs

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Rod-WaveThere is a lot of singing happening in rap music right now. Some of it — Polo G, Lil Baby, Juice WRLD’s “Bandit” — is good. Most of it is bad. DaBaby and Megan Thee Stallion, the two rapping-ass rappers who emerged out of the internet in 2019, are looking more and more like glorious … More »

DaBaby’s Broadway Musical “Bop” Video Is So Good

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DaBaby-Bop-videoCharlotte rap monster DaBaby is a newly minted superstar, and a big part of his quick ascent to fame has been his videos. Working with the directing team Reel Goats, DaBaby makes absurd, raunchy, cartoonish clips that recall the glory days of Busta Rhymes and Ludacris. Often, those videos are pretty low-budget. (Reel … More »

The 40 Best New Bands Of 2019

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Best-New-Bands-Artists-2019Every autumn here at Stereogum, we look long and hard at the last 12 months and pinpoint which new artists make us excited about the future of music. We then organize those artists into our annual Best New Bands list, celebrating what they’ve already accomplished and highlighting them as someone to keep an eye on … More »

The Revolving Door Between Country And Pop Keeps On Spinning

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Marshmello & Kane BrownPress play on the year’s biggest country album and you might wonder if you’re listening to a country album at all. Thomas Rhett’s Center Point Road is the genre’s only release to hit #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart this year and enjoyed the biggest debut streaming week ever for a country album, with … More »