Missy Elliott, Mariah Carey, John Prine, Eurythmics Among Songwriters Hall Of Fame Nominees

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Missy ElliottMissy Elliott, one of rap’s greatest voices and also a songwriter and producer who has crafted songs for Beyoncé and Whitney Houston, is one of the nominees for the 2019 Songwriters Hall Of Fame. More »

Twenty One Pilots May Not Be For You (Because They’re For Everyone)

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Twenty One PilotsIn 2015, Twenty One Pilots were the biggest band you’ve never heard of. By the end of the following year, they were the biggest band, period. More »

Stream Ariana Grande’s New Album Sweetener

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Ariana Grande SweetenerAriana Grande’s fourth studio album is here, and the 25-year-old pop star has had a pretty tumultuous album cycle. She’s released three songs from it already: the omnipresent “No Tears Left To Cry,” plus “God Is A Woman” and the Nicki Minaj-featuring “The Light Is Coming.” … More »

A Little Bit Country, A Whole Lot Of Streams: Bebe Rexha Has Cracked The Code

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Bebe Rexha - ExpectationsIf it’s meant to be, it’ll be: Regarding Bebe Rexha’s unlikely takeover of the country charts, this is both the savvy execution and the only explanation. More »

Busta Rhymes – “Get It” (Feat. Missy Elliott & Kelly Rowland)

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Huff-puffing rap veteran Busta Rhymes has been collaborating with Missy Elliott for more than 20 years now, and the two appear together in a new Doritos commercial that’ll air during the Super Bowl. Good for them! They’ve also got a new song together. “Get It” is stuttery, athletic club-rap with impressive verses from both … More »

Watch Missy Elliott & Busta Rhymes In Doritos’ Super Bowl Commercial

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We are now at a point where there are commercials for commercials. A series of ads for Doritos and Mountain Dew featuring Missy Elliott coaching Morgan Freeman and Busta Rhymes coaching Peter Dinklage in a tongue twister battle will air during the Super Bowl on 2/4, and you can watch a teaser for those ads … More »

The 50 Best Music Videos Of 2017

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In this space in past years, I’ve usually written about which music-video directors had the best years. It’s a variation of the auteur theory, as visionaries like Nabil and Hiro Murai have used artists as vehicles for their ideas and approaches. This year, though, it feels like the artists themselves who are driving things, and … More »

Watch Missy Elliott, Mariah Carey, A Prodigy Tribute, And More At VH1’s Hip-Hop Honors 2017

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VH1 turned the clock back Monday in another nostalgic trek down memory lane for Hip-Hop Honors: The ’90s Game Changers. To kick off the show, Missy Elliott performed her 1999 hit, “She’s A Bitch,” complete with a stage recreation of the Hype Williams-directed music video. More »

Who Knew The Faint Were Still So Popular? And Other Thoughts After FYF Fest 2017

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In some of my darker moments from this past weekend, I had to wonder why anyone reads these festival recaps. Or, to clarify — why anyone would read a recap from a music critic, and thus, someone who likely feels the need to use them as a narrative device. We love these things, as it’s … More »

Missy Elliott Taps Fellow Rap Queens Lil Kim, Eve & Trina For “I’m Better (Remix)”

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LISTEN TO THE LEGENDARY FEMCEES TEAM UP FOR A NEW RECORD