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Rostam Batmanglij on Identity, Love, and His Gorgeous New Solo Album
Rostam Batmanglij is dangling a mostly empty cfee mug from his index finger and thumb on a lightly crowded street in Brooklyn. New Yorkers do all kinds [...]
Rap’s Borderless Future Is Here
“Love,” the new single from rap crazies iLoveMakonnen and Rae Sremmurd, is a delightful mess contradictions. It’s a song called “Love” about a relationship [...]
The Story of Neil Young’s Hitchhiker, and His Dark Malibu Years
Neil Young met his longtime producer and “musical soul mate” David Briggs while hitchhiking in Topanga Canyon in 1968. Eight years later, with Young’s [...]
15 Essential Reggaeton Tracks That Are Not ‘Despacito’
In May this year Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” became the first Spanish-language hit to crack the No. 1 spot on the U.S. charts in some 20 [...]
All 274 Jay-Z Songs, Ranked From Worst to Best
If Jay-Z had his way back in 1996, this list would be too brief to warrant compiling. The skinny kid from Brooklyn’s Marcy Projects intended to drop just [...]
Taylor Swift’s ‘…Ready for It?’ Is Better Than ‘Look What You Made Me Do’
I know for a fact that Taylor Swift lives for the drama, because she let that loud, dry, accusatory “Look What You Made Me Do” single hang in the public [...]
Romeo Santos Is Feeling the Love
Upstairs at the 40/40 club, Jay-Z’s Flatiron District bar, the Bronx-born superstar Romeo Santos is curled up in a leather chair. Santos, who’s become [...]
Taylor Swift’s ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ Is a Pure Piece of Trump-Era Pop Art
On Saturday night, after Hurricane Harvey made landfall but just before the floodwaters began to rise in Houston, a large portion America gave its [...]
On LCD Soundsystem’s American Dream, James Murphy Rediscovers His Purpose
As a child I used to have vivid nightmares about the Christian apocalypse and, as a result, I swear I developed a tiny shock gray hair to match my pointed [...]
The New Wave of Rap Violence Shouldn’t Be Ignored
There’s a song near the end rising South Florida rapper XXXTentacion’s just-released 17 called “Carry On,” where the 11-track mini-album — a ramshackle mix [...]
Game of Thrones Is Not What It Once Was
I almost pity Game Thrones at this point — to the extent that one can pity pay cable’s most popular and expensive series. Never before has an ongoing hit [...]
A$AP Mob Rejuvenates the Brotherhood of New York Rap
Once New York originated hip-hop in the ’70s, a further innovation followed swiftly on its heels: the rap crew was born. For all the vaunting self for [...]