Watch Megan Thee Stallion Play The Tonight Show With DaBaby & Ty Dolla $ign

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Megan-Thee-Stallion-and-DaBabyHouston rap newcomer Megan Thee Stallion is a total star; that much has been obvious since she showed up on the national radar months ago. And it’s cool to see her go through the new-star checkpoints — like last night, when she got a showcase guest-performer spot on The Tonight Show. On last … More »

The Highwomen Are The Country Supergroup This Moment Demands

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THE HIGHWOMENA widely publicized study this year confirmed what anyone paying attention to the industry has long known: Country music is a boys’ club. Back in April, USC’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative published its study No Country For Female Artists: Artist & Songwriter Gender On Popular Country Charts From 2014 To 2018, which found that … More »

Post Malone Reveals Hollywood’s Bleeding Guests Including Halsey, Travis Scott, & Ozzy Osbourne

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Post MaloneYesterday, Post Malone shared “Circles,” the third song from his upcoming album Hollywood’s Bleeding following “Wow.” and the Young Thug collab “Goodbyes.” And now, he’s revealed the album’s full list of features. More »

Lizzo – “Truth Hurts (DaBaby Remix)”

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Lizzo-Truth-Hurts-RemixThis was the year that Lizzo was supposed to become a mainstream crossover star. It’s happening, but it’s not happening in the way it was supposed to happen. A few months ago, Lizzo released the new album Cuz I Love You, hyping it up by flexing her considerable charisma in pretty much every … More »

Cardi B’s Circus Comes To Town

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Cardi-B“Stank-ass rappers make me sick! Everybody on the goddam stage got a mic! Forty motherfucking people! All of ’em got a mic! Motherfucker, why? We can’t understand what one of your asses is saying. How you giving everybody a goddam mic?” Steve Harvey was, at least a little bit, speaking truth to power. In The … More »

Watch Drake Perform With Cardi B, Meek Mill, More At OVO Fest

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DrakeLast night, as promised, Drake brought his OVO Festival back to Toronto. Drake’s annual festival had taken last year off, but Drake couldn’t resist the opportunity to gloat about the Toronto Raptors’ NBA Championship win, so he walked out onstage with a Larry O’Brien trophy, and a giant version of the trophy was … More »

DaBaby, You’re A Star

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DaBabyThe most important performance in the history of the XXL Freshman Cypher was three years ago. Lil Uzi Vert was grouped together with a crew of likeminded young rising stars: 21 Savage, Lil Yachty, Kodak Black. (Denzel Curry was in there, too, rapping better than anyone else while seeming like he wanted to be anywhere … More »

Some Thoughts On Beyoncé, Music Trendsetter, And Netflix, Music Trend

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Beyoncé“Pulling a Beyoncé” has always been a fairly elastic concept. Even when the phrase came into vogue at the end of 2013, when she surprise-released her self-titled visual album and, in her own words, “changed the game with that digital drop,” people were crediting her with both the surprise album trend … More »

Lil Baby & DaBaby – “Baby”

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DaBaby-Lil-BabyAmerica, it seems, has an insatiable hunger for rappers with the word “Baby” in their names. In the past year and a half, both Atlanta’s Lil Baby and Charlotte’s DaBaby have risen up to become major new rap stars. These two rappers sound absolutely nothing like one another, but they both have near-identical names. What … More »

Rosalía Is Becoming Earth’s Most Exciting Pop Star

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RosalíaAt this late date it’s rare to encounter music that truly sounds like nothing else, but El Mal Querer pulled it off last year. The Catalonian singer Rosalía’s second album was truly unique, alchemizing traditional flamenco with futuristic R&B in a manner that felt both natural and visionary. Palmas that hit like accented … More »