Tag: Rap and Hip-Hop

Live Review: At Coachella, the Gospel According to Kanye West

INDIO, Calif. — Some days Kanye West is sacred, and some days he is profane. Sorting out which ones are which can be a slippery challenge, shaped by one’s tolerance for dissonance, appreciation for the tension between spirit and action, and capacity for forgiveness. The last couple of years have been among West’s most difficult. […]

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A Godfather of Country-Rap on His 2000s Hits and Lil Nas X

Perhaps more than any other figure, the producer and executive Shannon Houchins has had the most significant impact on the development of country-rap. He produced the first Bubba Sparxxx album, and his label Average Joes Entertainment — a partnership with the country-rapper Colt Ford — has promoted several other artists who blend the two genres, […]

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Donald Glover’s ‘Guava Island’ Debuts After Coachella Set as Childish Gambino

“Guava Island,” a new 55-minute film starring Donald Glover and Rihanna, was released as a limited-time free stream on Amazon overnight Saturday, during Glover’s headlining set as Childish Gambino at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. The mysterious project, which has been teased for months, features Glover as Deni, a singer hoping to bring […]

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The Playlist: BTS Expands Its Footprint, and 11 More New Songs

ImageThe K-pop group BTS has released its anxiously awaited new album, “Map of the Soul: Persona.”CreditNina Westervelt for The New York Times [embedded content] Long before the English-speaking pop mainstream took real notice, BTS were already global pop stars. The successes the K-pop outfit have had in this country happened largely without worrying about how […]

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Lil Nas X’s Smash Makes Country Wonder if Rap Is Friend or Foe. Again.

Over the last few weeks, “Old Town Road” — a strutting and lightheartedly comedic country-rap tune by the previously unknown 20-year-old rapper Lil Nas X — has lived an improbable number of lives. It began as a Hail Mary pass by a college dropout hoping music might save him from having to go back to […]

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Nipsey Hussle Funeral: Live Updates

Thousands of people are gathering at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles for the funeral of Nipsey Hussle, the Grammy-nominated rapper who was shot and killed in South Los Angeles, the same neighborhood where he grew up and was seen as a hero. The memorial is billed as “celebration of life” and will being […]

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REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK | SURFACING: Los Angeles Is Mourning Nipsey Hussle. So Am I.

LOS ANGELES — I keep coming back to Nipsey Hussle’s vigil — the thousands of candles, flowers and handwritten notes — left where the rapper and activist was shot and killed outside his clothing store in the city’s Hyde Park neighborhood on March 31. Every time I come back, I’m surrounded by a sea of […]

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Nipsey Hussle’s Memorial: Los Angeles Comes Together to Mourn

LOS ANGELES — Thousands of mourners are expected to gather in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday to honor the life of Nipsey Hussle, the Grammy-nominated rapper who was fatally shot last month and whose success and commitment to redeveloping South Los Angeles made him a local hero. The funeral, billed as a “celebration of life,” […]

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At Nipsey Hussle’s Memorial Los Angeles Comes Together to Mourn

LOS ANGELES — Thousands of mourners are expected to gather in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday to honor the life of Nipsey Hussle, the Grammy-nominated rapper who was fatally shot last month and whose success and commitment to redeveloping South Los Angeles made him a local hero. The funeral, billed as a “celebration of life,” […]

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Chris Darden, O.J. Simpson Prosecutor, Is Now Defending the Suspect in Nipsey Hussle’s Killing

The killing this week of Nipsey Hussle, a rapper and advocate for the communities of South Los Angeles, sent a painful tremor throughout those neighborhoods and the music industry. Now the man charged in his death, Eric Holder, is being represented by another Los Angeles figure: Christopher Darden, who became a household name when he […]

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Playlist: The Playlist: Romeo Santos Reunites With Aventura, and 9 More New Songs

ImageRomeo Santos’s “Utopia” is a new album of collaborations with bachata stars of various generations.CreditAlberto Valdes/EPA, via Shutterstock [embedded content] Romeo Santos’s “Utopia” is a luscious new album of collaborations with bachata stars of various generations (though notably, none who emerged after Santos became a solo phenomenon). But while there are standout performances from Raulin […]

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Lil Nas X Added Billy Ray Cyrus to ‘Old Town Road.’ Is It Country Enough for Billboard Now?

The song was supposedly not country enough. And then Billy Ray Cyrus joined in. Last week, “Old Town Road,” a song by Lil Nas X, divided the music industry. Sung by a young black man, with the kind of boomy trap beat familiar to hip-hop listeners, it included twangy banjos and lyrics filled with cowboy […]

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For Nipsey Hussle and Rap’s Thriving Middle Class, Staying Close to Home Can Have a Price

Though far from a struggling musician, Nipsey Hussle, the Los Angeles rapper who was shot and killed on Sunday, was not living the luxury fantasy of hip-hop superstardom. He often traveled without security. He did not anchor his image to brick-size piles of money and fleets of foreign cars, opting rather for a few thick […]

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Man Suspected in Nipsey Hussle Shooting Is Charged With Murder

A man suspected in the killing of the Grammy-nominated rapper and community advocate Nipsey Hussle was charged on Thursday with murder, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said. The man, Eric R. Holder Jr., 29, was arrested on Tuesday, two days after Nipsey Hussle was fatally shot while standing outside a store he co-owned […]

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Boycott Israel’s Election? A Palestinian Rapper Says No

JERUSALEM — Frustrated over their choices in the Israeli election, and at Arab politicians whom they describe as ineffective, some Palestinian citizens of Israel have been gathering popular support for a boycott of Tuesday’s ballot. But a well-known Palestinian hip-hop artist released a powerful new video on Thursday pushing back on the boycott, urging Arab […]

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Suspect in Nipsey Hussle Shooting Is Identified as Vigil Ends With Stampede

At least 19 people were injured at a makeshift memorial for the slain rapper Nipsey Hussle in Los Angeles on Monday night, as a stampede broke out when mourners tried to flee the area. It was not immediately clear what had caused the panic. Chief Michel Moore of the Los Angeles Police Department said on […]

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Nipsey Hussle Vigil Ends With Stampede and Injuries

At least 10 people were injured at a makeshift memorial for the slain rapper Nipsey Hussle in Los Angeles on Monday night, as a stampede broke out when mourners tried to flee the area. It was not immediately clear what had caused the panic. Chief Michel Moore of the Los Angeles Police Department said on […]

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In Nipsey Hussle’s Los Angeles Neighborhood, an Outpouring of Grief: ‘He Meant Everything’

LOS ANGELES — It had become an inspiring symbol of success in South Los Angeles, but on Monday The Marathon Clothing store was transformed into a makeshift memorial for the rapper Nipsey Hussle, the co-owner, who was fatally shot outside its doors, stunning fans across the city and the music world. Some prayed and cried, […]

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