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The Week In Pop: Candice Glover And American Idol’s Decline

Did you know the reigning American Idol champion’s album is out this week? Maybe the better question is: Do you know who the reigning American Idol champion is? Candice Glover is quite alright, so I hope your answer is yes, but I suspect it’s no. More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 20, 2014 - 1:11 pm

The Week In Pop: Miley Brings The Monogenre To MTV Unplugged

You don’t have to be a legit rock star to get an MTV Unplugged these days. In recent years the show has hosted quite a few household names (Paramore, Alicia Keys, Adele, Mumford & Sons, Katy Perry, 30 Seconds To Mars, a very-plugged-in Lil Wayne). Some of the world’s most popular rock bands of the… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 30, 2014 - 6:46 pm

Iamsu! – “Only That Real” (Feat. 2 Chainz & Sage The Gemini)

The effortlessly fluid young Richmond, California rapper Iamsu! has built an audience over the last couple of years with mixtapes like $uzy 6 $peed and the Problem collab Million Dollar Afro, both past Mixtapes Of The Week. And after his fellow HBK Gang crew member Sage The Gemini scored a couple of out-of-nowhere hits last… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 28, 2014 - 10:59 am

Watch Kanye Rapping In 1998 In Cap 1’s Caviar Dreams Trailer

These days the Chicago rapper Cap 1 is often seen alongside 2 Chainz, but some 16-year-old footage that just surfaced online shows him alongside Chainz’s buddy Kanye West. The trailer for Cap’s new mixtape Caviar Dreams features home video of Cap rapping in front of a gold curtain then passing the mic to the young… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 8, 2014 - 9:37 am

The 40 Best Rap Albums Of 2013

Last year, there was one album — Kendrick Lamar’s Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City — that united virtually the entire rap-listening public in adoration. This year, no such luck. Many heard my #1 pick of the year (and you can probably already guess what it is) as the work of a sonic visionary, and plenty more… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 16, 2013 - 8:35 am

Watch R. Kelly Play A Woman Like A Violin, Get Covered By Benedict Cumberbatch On Kimmel

Anything R. Kelly does anything on a stage, you owe it to yourself to watch. Kelly’s new album Black Panties comes out on Tuesday, and last night, he was a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live, playing the outdoor festival stage to a louder reaction than most of the bands who show up there. Kelly took… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 5, 2013 - 1:33 pm

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

The Week That Was had already delivered to us a pretty impressive number of worthy songs for inclusion in this list, and then, outta nowhere, Death Grips dropped a whole new album, giving us 10 more songs to sort through for this feature (Government Plates goes 11 tracks deep, but the previously released “Birds” wa… More »

By: Stereogum / November 15, 2013 - 1:30 pm

Jeezy – “Benihana” (Feat. Rocko & 2 Chainz)

We here at Stereogum don’t make a habit of posting every Young Jeezy song, let alone every Rocko or 2 Chainz song. But I’ve played the new one “Benihana” three times in a row now, and I see that number growing. A lot. My son is currently climbing on my shoulders and playing drums o… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 14, 2013 - 3:23 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

For a while, I’ve been threatening to start including things in this space that don’t quite constitute “music videos” but which do constitute music on video — late-night performances, great camera-phone moments, things like that. And while I haven’t quite done that with this week’s list, the #1 selection is, indeed, a music-on-video thing that… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 18, 2013 - 12:03 pm

Watch BET Hip-Hop Awards 2013 Highlights: Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, Meek Mill

Every year, during the BET Hip-Hop Awards, the show airs little black-and-white vignettes of people rapping in warehouses — sometimes in crews, sometimes in random-as-fuck thrown-together groupings. In certain circles, these videos, the fabled BET Cyphers, are all anyone talks about the day after the show; the Ace Hood/Juelz Santana/Fabolous/Jadakiss one from 2008 is still… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 16, 2013 - 9:40 am

Deconstructing: Big Sean, 2 Chainz, And The Racial Politics Of Punchline Rap

Big Sean is one of hip-hop’s worst misnomers, and not just because the guy is only five-foot-eight. Everything about the Detroit rapper screams “twerp.” In his inexplicably frequent guest spots on gargantuan hits by A-list rappers, he is the kid brother begging to tag along — a pest, a nuisance, a whoopie cushion rapping about… More »

By: Chris DeVille / September 12, 2013 - 12:19 pm

Photos: Made In America 2013

The second annual Budweiser Made In America festival, which is curated by Jay-Z, took place over the weekend in Philadelphia with performances by Phoenix, Beyoncé, HAIM, Dairrhea Planet, Kendrick Lamar, Queens Of The Stone Age, and Nine Inch Nails, who covered Johnny Cash (LOL jk). Check out Luis Ruiz photos from the fest in the… More »

By: Miles Bowe / September 3, 2013 - 5:04 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Watching the VMAs on Sunday night, something struck me: The music videos themselves were fairly beside the point, but almost every video that won a major award was absolute bullshit. Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors” video, which won Video Of The Year, is pretty-enough boring nonsense. Meanwhile, Robin Thicke’s problematic-but-fun “Blurred Lines” video, which did more to… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 30, 2013 - 12:35 pm

Watch Grimes Interview 2 Chainz, Riff Raff, Snooki, Richard Simmons, & More On The VMA Red Carpet

Last week, we learned the exciting news that Grimes, along with fashion designer Rachel Antonoff, would co-host MTV Style’s VMA red carpet show. Sadly, we did not get one single glimpse of Claire Boucher on the network’s official pre-show. But Grimes stayed busy filming on-camera interviews for the web. There was the much-blogged-about moment where… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 26, 2013 - 10:45 am

See Photos, Videos, & Winners List From The 2013 MTV VMAs

If you played our VMAs 2013 Drinking Game, you are very drunk right now. Tonight MTV invaded Brooklyn’s Barclays Center for the 30th annual MTV Video Music Awards, the borough’s first-ever televised live awards ceremony. There weren’t a lot of big surprises (thanks to spoilers from Stephen Colbert and Joey Fatone, Sr) other than the… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / August 25, 2013 - 11:22 pm

Robin Thicke – “Give It 2 U (Remix Feat. Kendrick Lamar & 2 Chainz)” Video

Here’s one interesting way to start your Saturday morning: a new video for Robin Thicke’s “Give It 2 U” (featuring Kendrick Lamar & 2 Chainz). The video premiered this morning via MTV; watch it here. Thicke will perform tomorrow night at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. More »

By: Stereogum / August 24, 2013 - 12:02 pm

The 10 Best Things At Lollapalooza 2013

It’s hard to remember a time when Lollapalooza, the festival, was not part of American pop culture, and since the last time it landed stateside, it’s expanded to include stops in Santiago, Chile and Sao Paolo, Brazil. Perry Farrell’s ’90s tour-baby turned Grant Park-engulfing massive brodown is a global institution, and though at this point… More »

By: Julianne Escobedo Shepherd / August 5, 2013 - 3:41 pm

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

On Monday, DJ Khaled dropped “I Wanna Be With You,” the second single from his upcoming album Suffering From Success. The song, which we did not even consider for this week’s column, features Nicki Minaj, Future, and Rick Ross and arrived on the heels of one of the weirdest album promo tactics to-date: an MTV-produced… More »

By: Stereogum / August 2, 2013 - 12:22 pm

Drake – “All Me” (Feat. 2 Chainz & Big Sean)

Late-breaking summer jam alert! Last night, Drake threw a new track online, his first since he dumped four new ones on an unsuspecting internet back in June. The latest is “All Me,” which features two Kanye buddies in 2 Chainz and Big Sean (or, if you count the Aziz Ansari sample on the intro, three). More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 1, 2013 - 8:50 am

Watch R. Kelly, Janelle Monáe, Kendrick Lamar, Justin Timberlake Perform At 2013 BET Awards

Last night, BET held its annual awards show, and the broadcast produced a whole lot in the way of highlights. Kendrick Lamar did “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe” with Erykah Badu singing the chorus and making the recorded version of the song more or less irrelevant, and then returned later to help Miguel with hi… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 1, 2013 - 10:25 am