Songs You Might Know From Artists You Probably Don’t: Sifting Through 2019’s Potential Pop Hits

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Tayla ParxPop music is a crazy industry, even more so in our fractured age. It’s crazy how many songs can be blowing up in some corner of the world, online or off, without ever spilling over into the mass consciousness. It’s crazy how many of those songs actually do spill over without some of us realizing … More »

The 2019 State Of Pop Address

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Ariana GrandePop is dead; meet the new pop. More »

The Top 40 Pop Songs Of 2018

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The Top 40 Pop Songs Of 2018Y’all wanna hear something crazy? I’ve been writing this weekly pop column for five whole years now. It seems like just yesterday that I published the inaugural installment explaining why The Week In Pop would be a good addition to the Stereogum portfolio. As we approach the precipice of 2019, I’m fairly certain … More »

There’s Never Been A Pop Song Quite Like Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next”

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Ariana GrandeIt all happened so fast — and it keeps happening faster. More »

Jessie Reyez Is Really Great And You Should Listen To Her

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Jessie ReyezJessie Reyez has so much to say, and hearing her say it is so much fun. More »

Lil Baby & Gunna Are The Best Rap Duo In Years

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Lil-Baby-GunnaThere was this rap-video cliché in the late ’90s. The rapper would jump out a window, with police chasing him. Or he’d be in a boat, with DEA chasing him. Or he’d be face-to-face with the sworn enemy that we met four minutes earlier. And these words would flash across the screen: “To be continued…” … More »

Stream Lil Baby & Gunna’s Excellent New Album Drip Harder

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Lil-Baby-and-Gunna-Drip-HarderIn recent weeks, we’ve seen a whole lot of big event albums from already-huge rappers. Some of them have been good! (Most of them have been bad.) But no matter how good those albums might be, they can’t really compete with what it sounds like when a young rapper starts to catch fire, when huge … More »

♫ Listen: Lil Baby – “Drip Too Hard” ft. Gunna

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Lil Baby and Gunna changed the STD game because their piss is pure fire in “Drip Too Hard.” Bass beating up a thicc woofer. Tremulo guitar reverberating off ego eye makeup, a tinge. Vocals and lyrics sliming into the irony of how crisp the cadence be. A lavender do rag under a safety yellow do rag keeping even the stragglers tight. Natural shimmering. Tide is in. Edges are sharp barber tipped me.

All I been hearing is Lil Baby this- and Lil Baby that- and you can be too:

Noname Is Spoken Word’s Last, Best Hope

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NonameFatimah Warner wasn’t a music person as a kid. In a recent FADER profile, we learn that she grew up with her grandparents and that music wasn’t that big of a presence in her life through most of her childhood. The rapper known as Noname didn’t fall into rap through the sort of … More »

Armand Hammer’s Paraffin Is A Disorienting Rap Masterpiece

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Armand-Hammer-Paraffin“Service weapon in my face, all I could see was his lips chapped.” That’s billy woods, one half of the New York rap duo Armand Hammer, on “Dettol,” a song from their new album Paraffin. He’s rapping, in hard and dense clusters, over a staggered loop of strings and pianos, the kind you might hear … More »