Maxo Kream’s ‘Punken’ Is Authentic Trap Music at Its Finest

When T.I. titled his sophomore album Trap Muzik, there was no specific sound or brand associated with the word. To a degree, he solidified trap’s initiation into mainstream hip-hop consciousness. He translated the rubber band men and Cadillac-riding dope boys, the unlawful lifestyles and harsh living conditions both sellers and buyers―T.I. represented the …

Solange Cancels Afropunk Concert Due to Health Issues

Solange has canceled her New Year's Eve performance at Afropunk in Johannesburg, South Africa due to health issues. The singer opened up about her diagnosis with autonomic disorder, an illness that affects parts the nervous system. “The past five months I have been quietly treating, and working through an Autonomic Disorder. …

“I Want to Take the Stigma Away From Pop Music”: How Duckwrth Is Breaking Down Barriers (Interview)

Duckwrth doesn't fly under the radar. Standing outside the Nature’s Brew cfee shop a few miles north the USC campus, the Los Angeles native's appearance instantly commands attention, from the “USS Lake Champlain” bomber jacket on his torso to the freshly twisted Bantu knots atop his head. After speaking with his …

N.E.R.D and Future Drop Powerful Video for '1000'

N.E.R.D’s latest single, “1000” (featuring Future), is a boisterous anthem, and the song’s accompanying video is equally riotous, with its imagery anarchy, protest and defiant behavior throughout. Directed by Todd Tourso and Scott Cudmore, the visual features violent protests and people fighting against white supremacists before it segues into everyone's …

Toro y Moi Delivers VHS-Inspired Video for 'No Show'

Toro y Moi (aka Chaz Bear) is back with a new video for “No Show.” The VHS-styled visual combines elements from his previous clips “Girl Like You” and “You and I.” In the video, Toro y Moi is singing about heartbreak intermixed with lo-fi images as if the clip was …

Rihanna and N.E.R.D. Evolve on ‘Lemon’

For better or worse, N.E.R.D. — the rock band led by Neptunes producer duo Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo — has always been ahead its time. Formed in 1999, the group released its first album in 2001. In Search Of… wasn’t perfect, but it was certainly new: The strains ’70s …

John Maus Is Making Outsider Pop for the End of the World

There may be no better arbiter the end days than John Maus, who for the last six years has been missing from our cultural psyche. He’s accredited for the task, at least, having spent that time completing a dissertation in “control societies” (i.e. ones where sharing information has mutated into …

How Rap Reveals What a ‘Rock Star’ Really Means

To borrow the title from another one his songs, Post Malone deserves congratulations. Aided by a bit YouTube skulduggery but mostly powered by its own sheer catchiness, “Rockstar,” the darkly zonked-out single from Post Malone, has, after weeks jostling, finally replaced “Bodak Yellow” as the top song on the Billboard …

Kelela Is R&B’s Futurist

Kelela makes music that lives in intersections: Sometimes she sounds like ’90s R&B, sometimes she veers progressively electronic, but it all blends together into an amorphous, exciting new form sound. It makes perfect sense when you hear it but feels slippery when you try to pin it to any specific …

On Ununiform, Tricky Finds New Angles in Darkness

You can’t claim that an artist who dubbed himself Tricky didn’t warn you about being difficult. When he first entered popular consciousness as a rapper on Massive Attack’s debut LP Blue Lines, the Bristol native born as Adrian Thaws made an immediate and indelible impact. Though he only appeared on …

How Beyoncé’s Lemonade Vinyl Ended Up Containing Canadian Punk Tracks

Great news for the 27 you who make up the small but vibrant sliver overlap in the Venn diagram Beyoncé fans and Canadian punk fans – certain copies this month’s vinyl release Beyoncé’s Lemonade were mistakenly pressed with the first half Canadian punk band Zex’s new album Uphill Battle. Instead songs from Lemonade’s …

Red Hot Chili Peppers Are Classic Rock Now

This weekend saw the launch the second annual Meadows Music Festival in Queens by Citi Field. Founders Entertainment, the production and promotion company also responsible for the city’s annual Randall’s Island summer bash Governors Ball, has approached the business adding to New York’s annual festival load very carefully. By nudging …