Tag: Rap and Hip-Hop

Playlist: The Playlist: Unreleased Tom Petty, and 13 More New Songs

Image“For Real” is another release from the archives of Tom Petty, who died in 2017.CreditChris Pizzello/Invision, via Associated Press [embedded content] The Tom Petty archives keep yielding more, like this previously unreleased song about media posturing that rings true in 2019. Tersely and unhurriedly, he rejects posing for magazines or video — and by extension, […]

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Album Review: Ariana Grande Is Living a Public Life. The Real Reveals Are in Her Music.

No current pop star is more adept at stoking and channeling swells of online fan curiosity than Ariana Grande. In the past year, she navigated a tumultuous relationship with the comedian Pete Davidson; the death of an ex-boyfriend, the rapper Mac Miller; a public row with the Grammys; and more. In the process, she has […]

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Nonfiction: Run-DMC, Aerosmith and the Song That Changed Everything

WALK THIS WAY Run-DMC, Aerosmith, and the Song That Changed American Music ForeverBy Geoff Edgers In 2017 Nielsen Music reported that hip-hop and R & B had officially surpassed rock as America’s most-consumed genre. The news elicited international headlines, but for many of us it elicited a yawn. Who didn’t know by then that hip-hop […]

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Critic’s Pick: Review: At ‘Freestyle Love Supreme,’ Attention Must Be Paid. Really.

Upon arrival at the Greenwich House Theater to see “Freestyle Love Supreme,” the mostly improvised and entirely delightful hip-hop musical that opened there on Tuesday, you will be asked to turn off your phone and lock it in a Yondr pouch. There it will remain until an usher liberates it when the show is over, […]

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How Swizz Beatz Bridged the Worlds of Hip-Hop and Contemporary Art

HIP-HOP’S INTEREST in contemporary art is, by now, something of a cliché. American materialism has been at the center of rap lyrics since at least 1982, when Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five rhymed about stolen TVs and “double-digit inflation.” But long before Jay-Z was rapping about wanting “a Picasso in my casa,” before Kanye […]

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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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Live Updates: Grammys 2019: What to Watch For

ImageAlicia Keys, center, is hosting the Grammys this year.CreditMatt Sayles/Invision, via Associated Press LOS ANGELES — The organizers of the Grammy Awards call it music’s biggest night. The show’s three and a half hours of network television time certainly represents the music industry’s highest-profile media real estate. This year the top awards will feel a […]

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Playlist: The Playlist: Ariana Grande’s Next Step, and 12 More New Songs

ImageAriana Grande’s new album, “Thank U, Next,” is part of her plan to release music more like a rapper.CreditRich Polk/Getty Images for iHeartMedia [embedded content] A couple of months ago, Ariana Grande explained her new strategic philosophy to Billboard: “My dream has always been to be — obviously not a rapper, but, like, to put […]

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Can the Grammys Please Anyone?

The Grammy Awards are supposed to be music’s biggest party. But in recent years the show has also become a piñata for critics, activists and even major artists over a host of issues like race and gender — and, oh yes, music. The 61st annual show, to be hosted by Alicia Keys and broadcast live […]

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Critic’s Notebook: 21 Savage, American Rapper

The video for “A Lot,” 21 Savage’s elegiac single, takes place at a formal dinner and party in a cloud-high mansion, a lavish and exuberant celebration of black wealth. But there’s a moving sequence midway through that suggests trouble just beneath the surface. The cuts are quick — warm shots of confident guests at the […]

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Critic’s Notebook: Music Lives in the Present. Can the Grammys Escape the Past?

Year after year, I have dutifully watched the Grammy Awards. And the next morning, year after year, I have wondered why. I’ll be watching on Sunday, when the Grammys air on CBS, but with thoroughly limited expectations. The Grammy show strives each year to keep up with what just happened in music and to ameliorate […]

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Maroon 5 Barely Leaves a Mark at Super Bowl Halftime Show

Maroon 5 — a quasi-soul, quasi-rock, utterly funkless band — was the main attraction at the Super Bowl halftime show at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, likely the third or eighth or maybe 14th choice for a headliner. In a year in which the Super Bowl halftime show has become a referendum on political mindfulness, in […]

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Rapper 21 Savage Is Taken Into Custody by ICE, Officials Say

United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials took the rapper 21 Savage into custody on Sunday for being in the United States illegally, according to the agency and news reports. 21 Savage, whose real name is Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was arrested during an operation by federal and local law enforcement authorities in Atlanta, ICE […]

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Atlanta Is Throwing Its Own Extended Super Bowl Halftime Show

ATLANTA — “Welcome to Atlanta, out-of-towners!” the hip-hop carnival barker Lil Jon screamed to a full arena on Thursday night, as he baptized the Super Bowl weekend crowd with a torrent of regional hits. It was the halftime show that never could be — a charmingly slapdash, nearly five-hour profane parade of local heroes and […]

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Playlist: The Playlist: Billie Eilish’s Pop Nightmare, and 10 More New Songs

ImageBillie Eilish released a new single and announced her debut album, “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?”CreditKevin Winter/Getty Images for Kroq, via Entercom [embedded content] Quiet, nightmarish and nursery-rhyme catchy, Billie Eilish’s “Bury a Friend” is matter-of-fact about mourning’s connection to death wish: “Bury a friend/I want to end me.” The video, […]

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Tekashi 6ix9ine Pleads Guilty and Agrees to Cooperate With Prosecutors

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] The rapper and Instagram star known as Tekashi 6ix9ine has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from his role in a violent drug-trafficking gang in New York and was cooperating with federal prosecutors, according to newly unsealed court records. The […]

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Q. & A.: Angie Thomas Lets Hip-Hop Speak in Her New Novel, ‘On the Come Up’

Few first novelists have the kind of success Angie Thomas saw with “The Hate U Give,” which has spent 100 weeks on the Times Best-Seller list and been made into an equally acclaimed movie. Perhaps even fewer write a second novel that gets as many advance raves as Thomas’s “On the Come Up,” which will […]

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Books of The Times: An Intensely Personal Tribute to A Tribe Called Quest

When it comes to experiencing music, our ears tell us only so much. In “Go Ahead in the Rain,” his book about A Tribe Called Quest, the poet and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib recalls the determination with which he listened to the hip-hop group’s fourth album, “Beats, Rhymes and Life,” when it was released in […]

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Critic’s Notebook: For Innovation at the Grammys, Look at the Best Music Video Category

Another year, another persistent worry that the Grammy Awards will once again fail to recognize boundary-pushing black performers. The nominations are led by Kendrick Lamar, Drake and a crop of female artists — a promising shift after years of complaints about a lack of diversity at the music industry’s big night. However, nominations don’t necessarily […]

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