Let's All Start Listening to Kehlani Though 

Kehlani's a 19-year-old R&B singer-songwriter from Oakland, and although she's been releasing sunny, hard, soulful jams online steadily over the past year (see her Cloud 19 tape from last fall), she's been coming in extremely hot over the last month with some new stuff, in advance of her upcoming and… » 4/15/15 4:45pm Wednesday 4:45pm

Gosh, I Love Amara La Negra. Watch Her New Video for 'Asi'!

Amara La Negra aka the queen of my life just dropped the video for her hit "tuerk" anthem "Asi," which casts the cotton candy-voiced rapper all around a hypercolor Miami variously booty popping and running shit over a Brazilian funk-influenced riddim. It's a pretty simple concept, but an effective, tried and true way… » 4/13/15 8:39pm 4/13/15 8:39pm

Watch Charli XCX, Tinashe & Ty Dolla $ign Perform With Dancing Kitties

I enjoy how Charli, Tinashe, and Ty's performance of "Drop That Kitty" at the MTV Movie Awards was literal, in that it included a chorus line of dancers booty-popping in pink kitten costumes. But still, it could have gone farther—were real cats unavailable? They are in Hollywood, there are definitely some trained… » 4/13/15 12:30pm 4/13/15 12:30pm

You Need to Watch Shura's Bendy, Rose-Tinged Video for '2Shy'

"2Shy" is the fourth single from Shura, a London trio fronted by singer-songwriter/producer Alexandra Denton, and it's their best—although it's seated firmly in the nostalgia zone of r&b synth-pop that's dominated the blogs, if not the charts, for years, "2Shy" works within the genre to generate something pristine and… » 4/10/15 7:20pm 4/10/15 7:20pm

Watch Kanye & Mom Donda Rapping 'Hey Mama' in Ancient Home Video

The intimacy of a home movie is unreplicable and, viewed in retrospect, home movies are as telling as any diary entry. (This is why they are used as an easy flashback device for so many movies about dramatic familial interchange and/or horrors.) They're a microscope where the nuances of boring, day-to-day living… » 4/08/15 11:50am 4/08/15 11:50am

Mariah Carey, Queen of Christmas, Is Finally Making a Holiday Movie!

God rest ye merry Christmas Lambs, let nothing you dismay; remember Mariah, our savior, is finally putting her favorite holiday on the big screen where she belooooooonnnnnnggggs! And the person fulfilling this destiny is none other than Brett Ratner, her longtime friend and recently-rumored boyfriendo... could there… » 4/07/15 5:40pm 4/07/15 5:40pm

Watch Lykke Li's Melodramatic Video For 'Never Gonna Love Again' 

Swedish singer-songwriter Lykke Li took a sharp turn to the dark side with last year's eerie, mournful I Never Learn. One of the best tracks from the album is the almost straightforwardly poppy "Never Gonna Love Again," in which Li seems to revel in her own despair; the video, released today, plays host to a similar… » 4/06/15 9:30pm 4/06/15 9:30pm

If You Like Gorgeous, Sad Folk Music, You Need The New Staves Album

The Staves are a sister trio from the UK—Emily, Jessica and Camilla Staveley-Taylor—and their new album If I Was, newly out on Nonesuch Records, is one of the prettiest things I've heard all year. Like the new, phenomenally focused Sufjan Stevens record, the Justin Vernon-produced If I Was is an exercise in the… » 4/03/15 12:30pm 4/03/15 12:30pm

Watch Kendrick Lamar's Great 'King Kunta' Vid, With Love from Compton

The fact that Kendrick Lamar premiered the video for "King Kunta" on a Times Square billboard for a headphone company that Dr. Dre sold to Apple for $3 billion should not be lost: Compton officially came up, and Kendrick is here to floss the irrefutable Comptonness of it all. It's a "mama we made it" moment, his… » 4/02/15 1:00pm 4/02/15 1:00pm

Listen to the Lizard Inside Jay Z: Tidal Is NOT the Illuminati

Together we are unstoppable. Together we are TIDAL. Together we are unstoppable. Together we are TIDAL. Together we are unstoppable. Together we are TIDAL. Together we are unstoppable. Together we are TIDAL. Together we are unstoppable. Together we are TIDAL. Together we are unstoppable. Together we are TIDAL.… » 4/01/15 9:30pm 4/01/15 9:30pm