3 Doors Down Is the Perfect Band to Play Trump’s Inauguration

With major black and mainstream pop musicians effectively boycotting Donald Trump’s inauguration, event planners have been compelled to rely on artists with a large popular following who hail from culturally marginal genres. Classical crossover, a schlocky genre predicated on slavish devotion to a mirage European high culture, is well-represented by …

Raphael Saadiq on Insecure, Solange, and His New Album

If you’re missing new music from Raphael Saadiq, it’s because he’s busy scoring your favorite show. Saadiq currently composes music for Issa Rae’s Insecure, and worked on the score for Step, a documentary about a girls’ step team in Baltimore. On Insecure, he leans into the laid-back, sunbaked vibes Los …

Never Forget: The U.S. Solemnly Commemorates 9/11

Video After The Jump NEW YORK (AP) — Holding photos and reading names loved ones lost 16 years ago, 9/11 victims’ relatives marked the anniversary the attacks at ground zero on Monday with a solemn and personal ceremony. Every Sept. 11 since the date the deadliest terror attack on American …

The Imperfect Innovation of Kanye West’s Graduation

Graduation, which turns ten today, probably isn’t the worst Kanye West LP, but even if it were, that would hardly be cause for shame. In keeping with its title, Kanye’s third album puts on a weird costume and participates in a ceremonious procession, but behind the ordered facade something disheveled …

Romeo Santos Is Feeling the Love

Upstairs at the 40/40 club, Jay-Z’s Flatiron District bar, the Bronx-born superstar Romeo Santos is curled up in a leather chair. Santos, who’s become famous for infusing falsetto vocals and hip-hop rhythms into traditional bachata music, isn’t here today to clink drinks and enjoy himself, even though he has a …

"A Tilted Crown"

Q: Who is Ran Blacc? A: Woww, Hmmm I guess you could some it all up by say Ran Blacc is a collection all my other personalities. Ran Blacc is sorta like the Black Loin from Voltron! (Humbly Laughs) For Real… Q: How many OTHER personalities are there? A: I …

Taylor Swift’s ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ Is a Pure Piece of Trump-Era Pop Art

On Saturday night, after Hurricane Harvey made landfall but just before the floodwaters began to rise in Houston, a large portion America gave its attention to a boxing match unsentimentally nicknamed the “Money Fight.” Even in different times and under better circumstances, the pay-per-view face-f between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor …

DEYCALLMEDOG

RODEODeyCallMeDog is from Baltimore, MD, and has been serious about rapping since he was about 13 years old. During this time, he learned to use music as an outlet for what he was going through. He was previously signed with a small, now disbanded, local label named Marksman Ent. During …

A$AP Mob Rejuvenates the Brotherhood of New York Rap

Once New York originated hip-hop in the ’70s, a further innovation followed swiftly on its heels: the rap crew was born. For all the vaunting self for which the art form is rightfully known, the same rule holds in rap as in other creative fields: just because rap opened up …