The Best Albums of 2017 (So Far)

This list has been updated to include October releases. The running threads interest adjoining the music 2017 are strange: indie rock is back in full force, young rappers seem hell-bent on reclaiming nü-metal, and our legends keep leaving us. Like Outkast said, “Nothing is for sure, nothing is for certain, …

Exploring Darius Rucker’s Impact on Modern Country Music

The year 1995 was one flux in rock. Through Nirvana’s posthumous Unplugged in New York LP, Kurt Cobain’s tortured ghost could still be heard around the hour on the radio, and Hole’s Live Through This singles rang out as rejoinders. Dave Grohl hit the ground running with the self-titled Foo …

A Beginner’s Guide to Travis Scott

Neither hip-hop artist Travis Scott nor girlfriend Kylie Jenner have confirmed Friday’s TMZ report that Jenner is pregnant with Scott’s daughter, but there are silences that deny and silences that confirm, and this case belongs in the latter category. Both Scott and the extended Kardashian clan (minus Kendall) are known …

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 …

Gucci Mane: Mixtapes Saved My Career

Back to the Trap House debuted in 2007 at No. 57 on Billboard’s “Top 200,” selling fewer than 32,000 copies in its first week. My major-label debut was a dud. I knew those beats were not suited to my style. I’d taken too much outside advice. I should have stood up …

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 …

The Best Albums of 2017 (So Far)

This list has been updated to include August releases. The running threads interest adjoining the music 2017 are strange: indie rock is back in full force, young rappers seem hell-bent on reclaiming nü-metal, and our legends keep leaving us. Like Outkast said, “Nothing is for sure, nothing is for certain, …

We Refuse to Believe Prince’s Favorite Color Wasn’t Purple

Prince was unquestionably an icon, and one the absolute defining characteristics the Purple One was, well, the color purple. Of the most obvious examples, his magnum opus was called Purple Rain, and it takes one quick Google search to see him adorned in purple again, and again, and again, and …