The Evolution of R&B Drake

As early as 2010, Drake publicly fantasized about releasing an R&B mixtape titled It's Never Enough. The first song that materialized was "I Get Lonely Too," his weepy remake of TLC's FanMail intro. The original is hardly a showcase of vocal acrobatics. Still, Drake's version is terribly clumsy, like a drunken karaoke… » 2/18/15 5:10pm 2/18/15 5:10pm

Let's Guess What Drake's New Jungle Film Is About

Drake's an emotional guy and on Thursday morning he released a dreamy short film called Jungle. It's unclear what this piece is about other than a look at real and recreated flashbacks of his life in Toronto, strung together with old home videos of him as a kid (above) singing his heart out, then beginning his… » 2/12/15 9:53am 2/12/15 9:53am

Taylor Swift is Taking Haim on Tour for Maximum '1989' Vibes

Wait—am I gonna get sued for typing the year "1989" without a copyright? No? Okay. So, Taylor Swift, god of your gods but not of mine, has been spending a good amount of time with the Haim sisters as of late, calling them her "squad" like she has been listening to a lot of Waka Flocka and going on vacation with them… » 2/02/15 11:30am 2/02/15 11:30am

Explaining the Rihanna/Drake/Chris Brown/Karrueche Tran Love Square

One could fill a dictionary with the sloppy, messy, no-good details of what is likely the most passionate—yet wildly petty—love story of the millennial generation. The saga of Rihanna and Chris Brown/Drake and Rihanna/Chris Brown and Karrueche Tran/Drake and Karrueche Tran is one for the ages, but it's also one to… » 12/09/14 12:10pm 12/09/14 12:10pm

Nicki Minaj Can't Be All Things to All People, Let Alone Herself

Nicki Minaj is by no stretch of the imagination a simple being. She is at once taunting the patriarchy and adhering to its rules; spouting boss lyrics and apologizing for follower moves; boasting sexual independence and releasing a track where her two "friends" talk about how much they'd like to sleep with her as if… » 11/19/14 11:50am 11/19/14 11:50am

Nicki Minaj's 'Only' Video Shots Look Like a Style Regression

Nicki Minaj has Instagrammed the making-of her "Only" video with Drake and Lil Wayne and frankly, we're worried: that bodystocking and 8-inch stripper heels are an undeniable style regression. (Not unlike the song.) But we had become so enamored of her minimalist, lux look! Nu Minaj, come back! Look at this lovely… » 11/18/14 4:50pm 11/18/14 4:50pm

A Chat with Dionne Osborne, the Vocal Coach Who Changed Drake's Style

Drake is the type of artist whose technical abilities make a noticeable jump with every release. When in late October he dropped three new tracks, a few members of Jezebel staff noted that Drake was sounding like a properly impressive R&B vocalist: comparing "Days In The East" to 2009's "Best I Ever Had," for example,… » 11/17/14 1:00pm 11/17/14 1:00pm

Nicki Minaj Responds to 'Nazi' Imagery Video Uproar

[UPDATED] Last week, Nicki Minaj released the lyric video "Only," her new single featuring Drake, Wayne, and Chris Brown. The song itself is a mediocre entree into her catalogue that allows Drake and Weezy to discuss how no, Minaj didn't bone them on her way up but also to fantasize that If She Did It, though... (No… » 11/11/14 10:30am 11/11/14 10:30am

Drake Is the Taylor Swift of Rap

Yesterday it was announced that Taylor Swift sold 1.3 million copies of her new album 1989, meaning that she moved more records in one week than any other artist has of any new album in the entirety of the past 10 months. This was appropriately being noted as a historic feat before it was even confirmed, but it… » 11/05/14 3:00pm 11/05/14 3:00pm