A Guide to the Dance Music on Beyoncé’s ‘Renaissance’

Chicago house, hyperpop, classic ’70s disco: The pop star’s new album is a tour through some of the genre’s most well-known touchstones as well as more underground sounds.

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What Is Beyoncé’s Definitive Album?

With the superstar’s seventh solo studio album, “Renaissance,” due Friday, our critics and reporters debate which work from her past reveals the most about her artistic vision.

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What’s Next for Jack Harlow?

He’s one of hip-hop’s biggest emerging stars, and he’s cutting a very different path than the white rappers who came before him.

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Man Who Shot the Rapper Nipsey Hussle Is Convicted of Murder

A jury found Eric R. Holder Jr. guilty of first-degree murder for the 2019 killing of Hussle, an artist who devoted his adult life to championing his South Los Angeles neighborhood.

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Drake Hits the Nightclub

How did the rapper arrive on the dance floor? And what subcultures and expectations might he experiment with next?

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Drake’s ‘Honestly, Nevermind’ Review: Now It’s Time to Dance

On his seventh album, “Honestly, Nevermind,” the pop disrupter who rethought rap’s relationship with melody opts for a new direction: nightclub abandon.

#drake-rapper, #honestly-nevermind-album, #pop-and-rock-music, #rap-and-hip-hop, #two-thousand-tens-decade

How Louis Theroux Became a ‘Jiggle Jiggle’ Sensation at Age 52

Decades into his career, the British American journalist has an unlikely TikTok hit that could be the song of the summer. “I am not trying to make it as a rapper,” he says.

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The Fall of Kidd Creole: Inside a Rap Pioneer’s Tragic Descent

As a member of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, he helped invent hip-hop. He spent the rest of his life trying recapture that glory. Then, in seven minutes on a Manhattan street, it all came to an end.

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Mailbag Madness: Adele, Jack Harlow, the State of Rock’s Return

The team answers your questions about Chance the Rapper, how the critics consider extramusical concerns and more.

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Why ‘This Is How We Do It’ Is Actually a Country Song

Wesley Morris has a revelation about Montell Jordan’s 1995 R&B hit.

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Kendrick Lamar’s Anxiety Era

During his five-year pause between albums, the rapper has been reckoning — with his own evolution, and the narrative that’s been constructed for him.

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How Gossip Is Remaking Online Hip-Hop Media

Actual music can seem like an afterthought as digital coverage of the genre has tilted toward tabloidism. Are there other paths forward?

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Kendrick Lamar Is a Mortal Icon on ‘Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers’

The Pulitzer Prize-winning social commentator rapper returns after five years with “Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers,” an album about what’s broken on the inside.

#lamar-kendrick, #mr-moralethe-big-steppers-album, #rap-and-hip-hop

Young Thug, Atlanta Rap Star, Is Arrested on Gang-Related Charges

He was indicted with about two dozen others, including some accused of murder and attempted armed robbery. The county’s district attorney has vowed to crack down on street gangs.

#atlanta-ga, #fulton-county-ga, #gangs, #rap-and-hip-hop, #williams-jeffery-lamar-young-thug

A Decade of Drill Rap

Pop Smoke, Lil Durk, Fivio Foreign and more have taken the sound that emerged in Chicago in different directions. What might come next?

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Jack Harlow Knows What He Wants. And Where He Stands.

On the heels of his first solo No. 1 hit, the 24-year-old rapper is releasing “Come Home the Kids Miss You,” an album that appeals to the vastly different corners of his fan base.

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Dolly Parton Voted Into Rock & Hall Hall of Fame

The country singer had objected to being included, but will join a class that includes Carly Simon, Duran Duran and others from across genres.

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Will Smith, Before the Slap

Plenty has been said about Oscars night. But what about the rapper-turned-actor’s remarkable journey up to that point?

#academy-awards-oscars, #audio-neutral-informative, #movies, #rap-and-hip-hop, #smith-will

Golf Shoes Are Getting a Makeover Thanks to Streetwear and Sneaker Culture

If you’ve seen golf shoes on the street, it is because one of the world’s most conservative sports has been getting a fresh look thanks to streetwear and sneaker culture.

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Can Fivio Foreign Change Drill Rap?

On his debut album, the Brooklyn rapper hopes to smooth a path forward for the city’s ascendant hip-hop scene, even as it draws criticism amid a rise in gun violence.

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Lizzo’s ‘Big Grrrls’ Asks Big Questions

The singer wanted a new kind of backup dancer. Along the way, she ended up making a new kind of TV show.

#lizzo-1988, #lizzos-watch-out-for-the-big-grrrls-tv-program, #rap-and-hip-hop, #reality-television

Kanye West Replaced by Swedish House Mafia and the Weeknd at Coachella

A little over a week before the music festival’s first weekend, West, now known as Ye, dropped out of his headlining slot.

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Jamel Shabazz: Proud Street Culture on Display

He chronicled the fashion shifts of stylish young Black New Yorkers in the 1980s and ’90s in photographs celebrated at the Bronx Museum of the Arts.

#bronx-nyc, #bronx-museum-of-the-arts, #brooklyn-nyc, #content-type-personal-profile, #photography, #rap-and-hip-hop, #shabazz-jamel

The Psychic Contortions of the Black Billionaire

Black billionaires are rare, and a disproportionate number of them are performers. What does that much wealth do to your art?

#black-people, #high-net-worth-individuals, #income-inequality, #jay-z, #music, #rap-and-hip-hop, #west-kanye, #winfrey-oprah

At the Grammys, the Young Succeed Most When They Seem Old

Despite nods to Gen Z, this year’s show favored history-minded performers like Silk Sonic, Jon Batiste, H.E.R. and Lady Gaga.

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Lady Gaga and Silk Sonic Follow the Grammy Formula: Old, but New

Despite nods to Gen Z, this year’s show favored history-minded performers like Silk Sonic, Jon Batiste, H.E.R. and Lady Gaga.

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The Grammys, Always Unpredictable, Face New Surprises

The lead-up to the awards has involved controversy over a last-minute ballot change, Covid-19 cases, a nominee’s death and, of course, The Slap. But producers say the show will be ready.

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For Grammy Nominee Rogét Chahayed, Pop Isn’t Far From Mozart

Up for producer of the year, non-classical, on Sunday, a conservatory-trained collaborator focuses on “finding the simplicity, finding that golden chord progression.”

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Rap Lyrics Are Sending People to Prison

Rap songs are increasingly showing up as evidence in criminal trials.

#black-people, #decisions-and-verdicts, #law-and-legislation, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #racine-wis, #rap-and-hip-hop, #sentences-criminal

Daddy Yankee, Reggaeton’s First Global Star, Steps Aside

For “Legendaddy,” an album billed as his last, the reggaeton forefather surveys the shifting styles that shaped his career.

#ayala-rodriguez-ramon-daddy-yankee, #legendaddy-album, #rap-and-hip-hop

Debating the Grammys’ Biggest, Oddest Category

Only in record of the year could Lil Nas X and Olivia Rodrigo face off against Abba and Tony Bennett. Our critics break down all 10 nominees in a new “Diary of a Song” video.

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Kanye West’s Stormy Relationship With the Grammys Erupts Again

The musician, nominated for five awards, was told he will not be able to perform at the ceremony on April 3. The decision came after weeks of erratic and troubling public behavior.

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The Sounds of Ukrainian Pop

A conversation about some of the country’s stars, the musical traditions they work within and how they have grappled with the war.

#audio-neutral-informative, #pop-and-rock-music, #rap-and-hip-hop, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine

Reggaeton’s Global Expansion and Wide-Open Future

As the genre grows in worldwide popularity, it is engaging with the pop music mainstream and stratifying into subsets, introducing new opportunities and dilemmas.

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Amelia Dimoldenberg Is in Search of Love on ‘Chicken Shop Date’

Amelia Dimoldenberg, a comedian and YouTube host, has amassed a Gen Z following, mixing poultry and romance on her show “Chicken Shop Date.”

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Romeo Santos’s Melodramatic Return, and 13 More New Songs

Hear tracks by Jack Harlow, Flock of Dimes, Tame Impala and others.

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Kanye West Always Wanted You to Watch

The three-part Netflix documentary “Jeen-yuhs” shows the superstar in his earliest days, then time warps to the present, with disorienting results.

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At the Super Bowl, Nostalgia’s the Only Game

When the present is divisive and the future is scary, pop culture’s biggest event plays “remember when.”

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Rap Takes Over Super Bowl Halftime, Balancing Celebration and Protest

Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige and 50 Cent asserted the power of hip-hop’s oldies generation on pop music’s most-watched stage.

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Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg Headline Halftime Show As Eminem Takes a Knee

Mary J. Blige and Kendrick Lamar rounded out the set and the special guest 50 Cent surprised the crowd before Eminem knelt onstage in an apparent nod to Colin Kaepernick’s protest.

#blige-mary-j, #dr-dre-1965, #eminem, #lamar-kendrick, #rap-and-hip-hop, #snoop-dogg

Kodak Black Is Shot in Los Angeles

The rapper, whose legal name is Bill Kapri, was shot in the leg while assisting another person after an “unprovoked attack,” his lawyer said.

#assaults, #firearms, #los-angeles-calif, #octave-dieuson-kodak-black, #rap-and-hip-hop

Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran Up the Ante, and 13 More New Songs

Hear tracks by Jazmine Sullivan, Brandee Younger, Caroline Polachek and others.

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The Kanye West Documentary ‘Jeen-yuhs’ Finally Hits Netflix

The new three-part film “Jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy” has been in the works since the early 2000s. In an interview, the directing duo Coodie & Chike discuss its long journey to Netflix.

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How Hip-Hop Inched Its Way to the Super Bowl Halftime Stage

At Sunday’s game, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Kendrick Lamar will lead the first-ever halftime performance with rap at its center. The genre has taken a roundabout path to get there.

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J Dilla Was a Revered Rap Producer. A New Book Deepens His Legacy.

The Detroit musician wasn’t known to give many interviews, and his influence has grown exponentially since his 2006 death. “Dilla Time” by Dan Charnas explores what drove him.

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Lawsuit Against Live Nation Details the Killing of Drakeo the Ruler

The Los Angeles rapper’s family is suing the promoters of the Once Upon a Time in LA festival, citing negligence in the face of a large gang presence.

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Remembering Greg Tate, Critic and Catalyst

Conversations with two of his contemporaries about the fertile scenes he covered, and the indelible impression he left.

#black-people, #flyboy-in-the-buttermilk-essays-on-contemporary-america-book, #jazz, #rap-and-hip-hop, #tate-greg-author

A Celebration of Rap, and a Shrewd Study of Its Lyricism

“What’s Good,” by Daniel Levin Becker, is a wide-ranging examination of hip-hop and its language games.

#books-and-literature, #levin-becker-daniel, #rap-and-hip-hop, #whats-good-notes-on-rap-and-language-book

Helen, With the Gold Teeth

Ms. Harris makes intricate, stylized grills using a network of vendors in New York City’s diamond district.

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A Killing Jolts Sweden’s Rap Scene

A conversation about hip-hop’s evolution in the country, and how a high-profile shooting thrust the music into the spotlight.

#audio-neutral-informative, #einar-2002-21, #rap-and-hip-hop, #sweden