Comparing Shawn Mendes And James Bay, Guitar-Slinging Gods Of Young Adult Contempo

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Shawn Mendes: The AlbumShawn Mendes will finally exit his teen years this August, but you can’t take his youth away. So sang the suburban Toronto native Sunday at the Billboard Music Awards, alongside Khalid — another young pop star born in ’98 — and survivors from the Parkland shooting. The song, “Youth,” from Mendes’ self-titled album out tomorrow, … More »

Rae Sremmurd Just Made History’s Least Ambitious Triple Album

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Rae-SremmurdEvery time a rapper ascends from humbler places to stardom — from the production credits on Roc-A-Fella albums, from the word-drunk Los Angeles underground, from the Degrassi cast — it feels like an unlikely underdog triumph. But even among stories like those, Rae Sremmurd’s ascent has been dizzy and unpredictable. Just a few years ago, … More »

Childish Gambino makes impassioned return with new music

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Donald Glover‘s made an impassioned return into the musical sphere, despite an announcement that his forthcoming Childish Gambino LP would be his last.

Citing an eventual departure from music as an important step toward progress, Glover’s latest is a sociopolitical reckoning, and his first new material since 2016’s neo-soul pastiche, Awaken, My Love! On the heels of a widely buzzed Saturday Night Live appearance, in which Glover hosted, performed, and even made a playful jab at Migos with a segment dubbed “Friendos,” Glover’s now shared the new music video for his latest track, “This Is America.”

“This Is America” is a politically steeped directional piece by Hiro Murai, who’s also directed several episodes of Gambino’s television show Atlanta, and features background vocals from Young Thug, 21 Savage, Quavo, Rae Sremmurd’s Slim Jxmmi, BlocBoy JB, and an appearance from SZA.

Stream Rae Sremmurd’s New Triple Album SR3MM

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Rae Sremmurd - SR3MMFor more than a year, Rae Sremmurd have been teasing their third album SR3MM. They first started teasing it under the name SremmLife3 in April of 2017, when they debuted new music during a gig at Ohio State. A lot has transpired since then, including the release of quite a few singles and the … More »

Rae Sremmurd – “Close” Video (Feat. Travis Scott)

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Right now, Mississippi rap duo Rae Sremmurd are continuing their inexorable march toward the release of the forthcoming triple album Sr3mm. It’s hard to imagine that a Rae Sremmurd triple album is something that the world needs, but they’ve already shared a whole pile of advance singles, and all of them have been, at the … More »

J. Cole Wants, So Badly, To Be Rap’s Conscience

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“Life can bring much pain,” a woman tells us in the opening moments of KOD, the album that J. Cole released last Friday. She sounds studiously blank, like the computerized host of Midnight Marauders. She continues: “There are many ways to deal with this pain. Choose wisely.” Easy for her to say. In that … More »

Rae Sremmurd – “Close” (Feat. Travis Scott)

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Right now, Rae Sremmurd are hard at work on their ridiculously ambitious triple album Sr3mm — two solo albums from group members Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi, plus another of the two of them together. In recent weeks, they’ve shared singles like “Powerglide,” “Chanel,” and “Guatemala.” Today, they’ve shared another one, which … More »

Rae Sremmurd – “Guatemala”

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We still don’t know when Mississippi rap duo Rae Sremmurd will release their new album Sr3mmlife. We do, however, know that it will be an almost absurdly ambitious affair. Sr3mmlife is set to be a triple-album — one solo album from group member Swae Lee, another from his brother Slim Jxmmi, and a third from … More »

Please Welcome Our New Overlord Cardi B

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Sometimes, a perfect opening line will tell you, right away, everything you need to know about an album. Kurt Cobain on In Utero: “Teenage angst has paid off well / Now I’m bored and old.” Elliott Smith on XO: “Cut this picture into you and me / Burn in backwards, kill this history.” Robert Smith … More »

DJ Snake, Future, & Rae Sremmurd To Headline Billboard Hot 100 Fest

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It’s here: The lineup for the Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival was announced Tuesday (4/10). For the festival’s fourth year, DJ Snake, Future, and Rae Sremmurd will headline — as well as a soon to-be-announced female artist. More »