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Drake's Views (From the 6) Is Out, Let's Chat About It

After a somewhat harrowing promise that Views would debut on Beats 1 Radio at 10 PM, a delay, and its actual appearance on Apple Music an hour later while OVO Radio was playing Rae Sremmurd’s “Look Alive,” we have so much to talk about. While it’s not exactly the frenzy that Lemonade conjured—it’s 20 songs long, my…

Phife Dawg's Family Releases a Statement After the A Tribe Called Quest Rapper Dies at 45

Early Wednesday, news broke that A Tribe Called Quest’s Phife Dawg had passed at age 45, with the likely cause owing to a long battle with diabetes, and a related kidney transplant from his wife in 2008. Now, the Queens rapper’s family has confirmed and released a statement via his publicist:

Meet Hollis Wong-Wear & Jamila Woods, the Women of Color Behind Macklemore's 'White Privilege II' 

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have released an eight-minute song featuring Jamila Woods, “White Privilege II,” about white privilege, beginning with Macklemore’s own feeling about whether he can meaningfully participate in a Black Lives Matter march and spiraling into different movements questioning what his own white…

Brendan Dassey's Half-Brother Releases Rap in His Defense Entitled 'They Didn't Do It'

Netflix’s docu-series Making a Murderer depicted a number of grotesque miscarriages of justice, regardless of whether one believes Steven Avery committed the murder of Teresa Halbach. The most affecting injustice was the mistreatment of Brendan Dassey, Avery’s learning-disabled 16-year-old nephew who was improperly…

Should You Listen to the Soundtrack to Hamilton If You Have Not Seen Hamilton?

The first musical soundtrack I ever heard was for A Chorus Line, at age seven or eight, long before I even knew what Broadway was, or meant. My mom had the original cast recording, from 1975, and apparently I spent enough time unsupervised to have nabbed it from her cassette collection, because that shit was dirty,…

Kari Faux Is Cool as Hell, So Is This '80s-Inspired Video

Kari Faux, a very cool young rapper from Little Rock, Arkansas, invokes Solid Gold and Soul Glo in this cheeky, soft-focus video for “Supplier,” a track so unbothered her flow sounds like it’s reclining with its feet up. This is the confidence that comes with knowing you’re so fly you don’t have to put forth any…

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Watch A$AP Rocky Play Out a Zooted-Up Love Story in New 'L$D' Clip

A$AP Rocky’s new track “L$D” is pretty far outside his previously established oeuvre—he’s sung on tracks before, but this is something of a weeded torch ballad, a deeply contemplative and poetic track from the guy who once wrote an entire song around namedropping popular and obscure fashion labels. (“Fashion Killa,”…

Meet K.A.A.N., A 24-Year-Old Maryland Brickmason Who Can Fucking Rap

A couple of weeks ago, I was trawling Soundcloud when I was abruptly paralyzed by something—a track with the fairly clumsy name of “Concealed the outro (fuck em rmx),” the last stop on a mixtape called (somewhat clumsily as well) Abstract Art, on the page of an essentially unknown rapper calling himself K.A.A.N.