Kendrick Lamar’s Black Panther And The Art Of The Corporate Crossover

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There’s a moment on “Opps,” a track from the Kendrick Lamar-curated compilation Black Panther: The Album, where the South African rapper Yugen Blakrok says, “Stand behind my own bars like a seasoned criminal / Gotham City streets, I’ll play the Riddler.” Except we don’t hear the word “Riddler”; all we hear is a prolonged beep. More »

Lil Jon, Offset, & 2 Chainz – “Alive”

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You know how long Culture II, the new Migos album, is? 24 songs! An hour and 45 minutes! It’s crazy! And yet someone thought that we needed more from Offset, a rapper who could really stand to go away and think things over for a while, this morning. Lil Jon, a driving force … More »

Cardi B Defends Offset’s Homophobic Lyric: “Our Schools Never Teach Us That These Are Bad Words”

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Migos’ Offset got himself into hot water this week for rapping “I do not vibe with queers” on his guest verse on YFN Lucci’s “Boss Life.” Obviously, that seems pretty clearly homophobic — something that Migos don’t have a great track record with to begin with — but Offset insisted that he … More »

Tinashe – “No Drama” (Feat. Offset) Video

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Tinashe and Offset released a strong new collaboration called “No Drama” this morning, but unfortunately it’s been all drama for Offset today. Nonetheless, the pair are forging ahead with the song’s official video. It’s a very good video, too, with a strikingly styled Tinashe gliding through some impressive dance moves. Watch below. More »

Having Conquered Britain, Dua Lipa Is Coming For America Next

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“New Rules” is a great song. Using the ingredients of the moment — nimbly tapped tropical-house keyboards, complex but airy drum programming indebted to Africa and the Caribbean, a morphing stylistic terrain that veers from booming rock-indebted bridges into surging dance-infused choruses — it serves as a contagious canvas for 22-year-old British pop singer Dua … More »

Offset Denies That His Homophobic Lyric Was Homophobic

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Back in December, Migos member Offset rapped a guest verse on “Boss Life,” a new single from the Atlanta street-rapper YFN Lucci. Yesterday, a video for the song came out, and a lot of people noticed something that Offset said during his verse: “60K solitaire / I do not vibe with queers / … More »

Tinashe – “No Drama” (Feat. Offset)

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Let’s try this again! Aquarius, the excellent debut album from Los Angeles R&B singer Tinashe, came out way back in 2014, and she still hasn’t gotten a follow-up single to stick. (Her last attempt was “Light The Night Up,” from September.) Today, she’s got a new track out, and it’s a step in … More »

The 2018 State Of Pop Address

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“Nothing changes on New Year’s Day.” So saith Bono at the dawn of 1983, and he was right — to a point. Flipping the calendar doesn’t initiate any grand transition. The morning after the ball drops, life is right back where we left it. But in another sense, everything changes all the time. Organisms grow. More »

The 40 Best Rap Albums Of 2017

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Streaming changed things. 2017 was the year that rap once again reaffirmed its stranglehold on the collective imagination of America’s youth. Like the moment when Billboard first started using Soundscan and inadvertently proved the massive popularity of N.W.A, the streaming services of the world showed just how powerful this music remains. Rap dominated streaming charts. More »

Cardi B & Offset – “Um Yea”

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Power couple Cardi B and Offset have teamed up for a new track that appears on the new Quality Control mixtape Control The Streets. (Quavo and Nicki Minaj also have a song on it.) The two just also appeared in the “Motor Sport” video that came out yesterday. Cardi and Offset’s collab is … More »