Dej Loaf Is Going to Be a Star

On Tuesday night, Dej Loaf took the stage in a mink. Or fox, or sable—whatever it was, it was fluffy fur, the age-old symbol, especially in hip-hop, that you're finally rich. The 23-year-old wore it with a flair that was unmistakably of Detroit, the flashy style of her hometown, accessorized with her omnipresent… » 10/22/14 6:30pm Wednesday 6:30pm

Zoë Kravitz's New Band Lolawolf Is Kinda Awesome

Calm Down, the brand new album from the Zoë Kravitz-fronted band Lolawolf, is good. Not just in the sense of "Hollywood celebutante is better than expected"—it's actually really interesting, creative music that reimagines today's outre pop music landscape, but does not replicate it. (Sorry it has to be this way with… » 10/22/14 2:50pm Wednesday 2:50pm

Taylor Swift's New Song Is the Gentrification Anthem NYC Didn't Need

The inevitable march towards Taylor Swift's new album 1989 continues with a new single, and it's only getting worse: "Welcome To New York" is a gentrification anthem so obtuse it makes one wonder if she is, in fact, trolling at this point. And it calls into question whether rich white-person privilege is, in fact, a… » 10/20/14 6:40pm Monday 6:40pm

Sleater-Kinney Reunites, Releases First Album in Ten Years

Sleater-Kinney, the formative post-riot grrrl band that evolved from Olympia, Washington's tiny music scene to become one of the most important rock bands in America, is back with a triple-KO: they're reuniting, touring the US and Europe and, on January 20, releasing No Cities to Love, their first album in ten years,… » 10/20/14 2:40pm Monday 2:40pm

New Slow Jam Video Alert: Maxine Ashley's 'Between You & I'

It's a good time to be a 21-year-old R&B artist, probably: you can pay homage to those that came before you, but you grew up without the sort of rigid genre distinctions that defined the classic '90s era. Thinking that there was ever a time in which we fought about whether R&B and hip-hop could be fused as one is a… » 10/17/14 6:30pm 10/17/14 6:30pm

Missy Elliott and Sharaya J Played for Alexander Wang Last Night

Alexander Wang launched his sportswear-inspired collection for H&M last night in New York City with a runway show and a post-show party, the latter of which he is almost as renowned for as his clothing. And say what you want about the scuba-boxerness of the situation (or the WANG hat), Alexander Wang, in general, has… » 10/17/14 2:30pm 10/17/14 2:30pm

​An Appreciation for the Black Music in Black-ish

Wednesday night's episode of Black-ish opened with Trick Daddy's "I'm A Thug." This was a great and special thing. As Trick Daddy's street socio-political anthem plays in the background, Anthony Anderson's character Andre does a voiceover rant about the importance of Black ownership: "Credit hasn't always been the… » 10/16/14 3:50pm 10/16/14 3:50pm

Rosie Perez and Gloria Estefan Had a Love Fest On The View

Rosie Perez has been helping The View celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, and for her last day, she asked la reina of my heart, special guest Gloria Estefan, to come on the show and talk about the upcoming Broadway musical about her life, On Your Feet! (which, by the way, is an excellent song). » 10/15/14 2:00pm 10/15/14 2:00pm