The larger societal events of the past year had an interesting effect on rap music. Even more than usual, black Americans had to insist, as loudly and as often as… More »


Is anything more personal than a favorite song? Even with our thinking caps on, we all experience music through unrelentingly individual ears. When evaluating entire bodies of work, perhaps a… More »

2016 In Review

Word Is God: 2016 Was Rap’s Come-To-Jesus Moment

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For more than a decade I carried a shame within me, a secret so embarrassing I kept it hidden from anyone new I met for fear of their ridicule. I… More »

Last night, the surprisingly scrappy 2016 Chicago Bulls beat the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers at home in the United Center. And as a halftime treat, as Noisey points out, Chicago… More »


Saturday Night Live has just announced its musical guests for the rest of the year. Most notably, Chance The Rapper will perform on the 12/17 show alongside host Casey Affleck… More »

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Today, Lin-Manuel Miranda releases The Hamilton Mixtape, a compilation that features rappers and pop stars doing their own versions of the songs from the enormously popular Broadway musical Hamilton. We’ve… More »

President Barack Obama invited one of his favorite rappers, fellow Chicagoan Chance The Rapper, to perform at his final National Christmas Tree Lighting in office. Chance graced the festivities with… More »


The 50 Best Albums Of 2016

This has been such a bullshit year. We’ve seen gun massacres. We’ve seen wild political turmoil across the world. We’ve seen countless icons, musical and otherwise, leave this world for… More »

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It’s crazy to think that Chance The Rapper still hasn’t released an official debut studio album, but it’s true — all of his projects have technically been mixtapes. That debut… More »

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Chance The Rapper has been touring hard across North America and Europe for pretty much the entire back half of 2016, but he’s going to need at least a little… More »


Chance The Rapper appeared on BBC Radio 1Xtra this morning to promote his show in London tonight, and as The Fader points out, it was an eventful visit. Chance and… More »

Veteran R&B singer-songwriter John Legend’s next album Darkness And Light is quickly approaching in a little over two weeks. There are only three features on the album, but they are… More »

In recent years Chance The Rapper has proven to be not just a musician but a civic leader. He continued in that role last night, leading thousands of people on… More »


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Jay Z and Beyoncé headlined a Get Out The Vote concert in Cleveland in support of Hillary Clinton last night. The star-studded event also featured appearances from Chance The Rapper,… More »

Chance The Rapper starred in a Halloween-themed Kit Kat commercial and sang a new version of the company’s classic “gimme a break” jingle last month. Now that Halloween has come… More »