Tag: Drake (Rapper)

On Pro Basketball: Now for a Few Words About Drake: More, Please

Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Milwaukee Bucks star and a favorite to win the N.B.A.’s Most Valuable Player Award, was walking toward his team’s bench during the fourth quarter of Sunday’s thrilling Eastern Conference finals matchup against the Raptors in Toronto. And there was the rapper Drake, sitting in his usual courtside seat, wearing what could be […]

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Playlist: The Playlist: Solange’s Surprise, and 14 More New Songs

ImageSolange released a new album, “When I Get Home,” early Friday with little notice. CreditBennett Raglin/Getty Images for 2017 ESSENCE Festival [embedded content] There’s an insistent, syncopated pulse — but no drumbeat — behind “Jerrod,” an invitation to a timid lover from Solange’s new album, “When I Get Home.” She offers openness, intimacy and sharing: […]

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Critic’s Notebook: Want to Be Heard During the Grammys? Maybe Stay Home

Ariana Grande didn’t attend the Grammys, but that didn’t stop her from being at the center of the conversation about — and around — the ceremony. On Friday she released an album, “Thank U, Next,” and a hot-button video for a new single, “Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored.” And throughout Sunday, she found […]

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Kendrick Lamar Leads 2019 Grammy Nominees, and Women Dominate Major Categories

The rap stars Kendrick Lamar and Drake lead the list of nominees for the 2019 Grammy Awards announced Friday, but right behind them is a crop of young and less heralded artists, notably women, after years of friction about diversity, including a major dust-up over gender representation after the last ceremony. The Instagram star turned […]

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The 28 Best Albums of 2018

1. Janelle Monáe, ‘Dirty Computer’ The interaction of human and machine has been a major theme of Janelle Monáe’s entire recording career. Her latest concept album, “Dirty Computer,” deploys funky riffs (often with Prince echoes), snappy beats and crisp pop-song forms to promise that love, polymorphous sensuality and an inclusive American spirit can conquer all, […]

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Playlist: The Playlist: Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus’s Melodrama, and 9 More New Songs

ImageMiley Cyrus teams with the producer Mark Ronson for a dramatic country-tinged song, “Nothing Breaks Like a Heart.”CreditValerie Macon/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images [embedded content] What kind of singer is Miley Cyrus (this week)? Moody, a little spooky, a little country. What kind of producer is Mark Ronson (this week)? A melodramatist preoccupied with vintage […]

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Critic’s Notebook: Hip-Hop Rivalries Aren’t New. But the Battlefields Have Changed.

Short videos filled up Cardi B’s Instagram feed last week in rapid succession, choking the geometry of her page like a set of bricks. There were 10 clips of Cardi filming herself talking into her phone, each more aggrieved than the one before it. The subject: Nicki Minaj and the long-stewing tensions between them. They […]

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Playlist: The Playlist: Bad Bunny Gives Drake a Spanish Lesson, and 12 More New Songs

Advertisement Hear tracks from Willie Nelson, St. Vincent, Usher, Ella Mai and others. Oct. 12, 2018 ImageBad Bunny and Drake team up for “MIA.” [embedded content] It’s almost mid-October, but it’s summer somewhere. “MIA,” the new collaboration between Drake and Bad Bunny, is a song for that season, in a world in which walls between […]

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diary of a song: The Story of ‘Mo Bamba’: How a SoundCloud Rap Track Goes Viral

It took the Harlem rapper Sheck Wes about 20 minutes to make the first defining song of his young career. He wrote nothing down and recorded it in one take. In the year since that track, “Mo Bamba,” was uploaded without fanfare to the streaming service SoundCloud, it has grown, largely via word of mouth, […]

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