Lana Del Rey’s Romance With Rap Is On Again

A$AP Rocky and Lana Del Rey. Photo: Getty s For all the talk her repurposing a ’40s and ’50s aesthetic, Lana Del Rey has always kept abreast the music the moment, and what the music the moment happens to be, more and more and more, is rap. “You were sort …

The Defiant Ones Goes Behind the Music in Mostly Compelling Ways

Dr. Dre. Photo: HBO Documentaries about musicians, or any prominent cultural figure, for that matter, have a tendency to deify their subjects. The Defiant Ones — an HBO docuseries about musical pioneers and business partners Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine that airs for four consecutive nights beginning Sunday — certainly …

LCD Soundsystem’s Gavin Russom Comes Out As Transgender

Russom. Photo: Photo courtesy Gavin Russom In an illuminating prile on Grindr ahead LCD Soundsystem’s new album, Gavin Russom, the band’s synth player and vocalist since 2009, has come out as transgender. (Russom uses female pronouns and prefers “Gavin,” but may change her name.) It’s a process she says has …

The Best Music Videos of 2017 (So Far)

Photo: YouTube This week, Vulture is looking back at the best releases so far in 2017. 2017 has been a sparse year for quality music videos. The medium’s still operating at top speed: DJ Khaled released three videos just this week, and the threat a star-studded Jay-Z visual album looms …

Tupac Shakur’s Complicated Legacy, Explained

Photo: Al Pereira/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty s In September 1992, Vice-President Dan Quayle called on Interscope to pull a record called 2Pacalypse Now f retail shelves. There had been a murder in Texas; a teenager was accused fatally shooting a state trooper during a traffic stop. The accused was said to …

50 Cent Talks About Eminem's Influence On His Career, Early Struggles Of Growing Up In Queens, Top Pieces Of Career Advice & More With Forbes

Rapper and entrepreneur 50 Cent sat down with Forbes’ contributor Dan Schawbel to talk about Eminem‘s influence on his entire career, how his early struggles growing up in Queens impacted his career decisions, how his near death experiences have changed his view the world, why you have to have thick skin to make it in …

The Trouble With Woke Pop Stars

Katy Perry and Lana Del Rey are taking different approaches to wokeness. Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty s/Frederick M. Brown/Getty s Pop music has two practical applications now: It makes good times feel great, and it makes bad times feel bearable. The stars who last are the ones able to tap the …

This Previously Untold Twin Peaks Story Is Perfectly Eerie

Director David Lynch and composer Angelo Badalamenti. Photo: Getty s Since the mid-1980s, director and noted cfee enthusiast David Lynch and composer Angelo Badalamenti have together conjured some the most visceral cinematic worlds, from Blue Velvet’s sinister, sunshined streets to the seemingly serene Pacific Northwest logging town Twin Peaks. The …

Meet the Legendary Producer That Time Forgot

Patrick Adams. Photo: Courtesy Christelle de Castro/Red Bull Content Pool Patrick Adams might not register as a household name, but for fans uptown soul, peak-era disco, early hip-hop, and ’90s New Jack Swing, Adams is such a legend that it’s inconceivable that even the most casual music fan hasn’t found …

Who Is Harry Styles, Really?

Photo: Columbia Records Boy bands are peculiar machines. Identity within a pop singing group is squeaky clean and carefully defined but also masterfully slippery. Singers flash megawatt charm but coolly avoid specific stances that might alienate their base, since their base is essentially everyone. In many ways, their success hangs …

‘Fear' Is One of Kendrick Lamar’s Best Tracks to Date

Kendrick Lamar. Photo: Handout/Getty s On “Fear,” DAMN.’s longest, most deeply involved track, Kendrick Lamar looks at his past as a way taking stock who he is now. It’s a storytelling device he’s deployed before: More ten than not, he’s traveling backward in time, blending the art rap with the …