How a Hit Rap Song Happens Now

In this, the year hip-hop won the music business, one its defining hits was released more or less by mistake. Back in February, Lil Uzi Vert, a charismatic, septum-pierced 23-year-old rapper out Philadelphia who’d become internet famous with a frenetic outpouring digital singles, EPs, and mixtapes, was on his first …

Sam Hunt’s Crossover Country Has a Massive Cult Following

Unless you’re a country fan or a chart nerd, there’s a fair chance Sam Hunt is the biggest star you’re not listening to. His 2014 debut album Montevallo was a perfect slice crossover country-pop that ruffled traditional fans’ feathers in its embrace hip-hop values and pop production without falling prey …

Kendrick Lamar & Anthony 'Top Dawg' Tiffith Cover Billboard Magazine

Kendrick Lamar and TDE CEO Anthony ‘Top Dawg’ Tiffith appear on the 2017 Power Players edition  Billboard magazine. They talk about the father/son dynamic their relationship, Top’s transition from the streets to the industry, “good kid, m.A.A.d city” album, the rest the TDE artists, the story on ‘DUCKWORTH.’ and much more. Check out some …

Teyana Taylor x Ebro In The Morning: Explains Why She Left Star Trak, Talks Breast Surgery, Growing Fan Base, Kanye West, Working W/Beyonce, Her Dance Workout

Video After The Jump Teyana Taylor was a recent guest on Ebro in the Morning. She talked about growing in popularity, marriage, motherhood, Kanye West, leaving Star Trak earlier in her career, working with Beyonce, dancing, creating a dance workout, breast surgery. Follow Me

15 Essential Reggaeton Tracks That Are Not ‘Despacito’

In May this year Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” became the first Spanish-language hit to crack the No. 1 spot on the U.S. charts in some 20 years. By late July, it was the most streamed song all time. Leaving aside the pround question whether this pop-chart diversity could somehow …

All 274 Jay-Z Songs, Ranked From Worst to Best

If Jay-Z had his way back in 1996, this list would be too brief to warrant compiling. The skinny kid from Brooklyn’s Marcy Projects intended to drop just one album — a musical I was here statement — before partnering with a major label and falling back into a comfy …

Your Guide to All of the Bands in Twin Peaks

If only we were all so lucky to have a venue like the Roadhouse in our hometowns. While Angelo Badalamenti’s iconic Twin Peaks compositions were, quite sadly, not as prevalent as we would’ve liked throughout Showtime’s epic The Return (opening theme notwithstanding), there was a repeated musical pattern that emerged …