“Close To Me” is quite weighty, in that Goulding, while avid fans will remember her musing nostalgia over Kygo‘s semi-recent “First Time,” has not released a single of her own in years–three to be exact. Diplo, on the other hand, has been relentlessly doling out releases in and outside of the Major Lazer moniker, with his recent posthumous collaboration with XXXTENTACION and the ever-auspicious, Skrillex, receiving further support from the aforementioned Rae Sremmurd, in fact.
“Close To Me,” with its broody acoustic plucks and fusing of Goulding’s enrapturing entreats with Lee’s breezy rhymes, is technically Goulding and Diplo’s second collaboration to date. The UK singer-songwriter paired with Major Lazer in 2015 for the radio-ravaging and aptly-named “Powerful.” Whether this latest venture is simply a solitary effort, or a harbinger of a yet-to-be-named multi-work project, Goulding fans are surely smitten seeing her back in singing saddles.
Back in May, Donald Glover premiered a striking Childish Gambino music video for his new song, “This Is America.” It was an exciting teaser for a pair of lukewarm tracks that he shared in July, “Summertime Magic” and “Feels Like Summer.” My colleague Chris DeVille titled his The Week In Pop … More »
Last night, Jimmy Kimmel sat down with Kanye West for a very strange and troubling conversation. In doing so, Kimmel took his rightful place at the center of the rap discourse. So, on that very same episode of television, he had the very good idea to invite a whole mess of rappers to … More »
Shawn 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 »
Every 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 »
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.
For 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 »
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 »
“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 »