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2018 In Review

The 20 Best Music Videos Of 2018

In the early days of this century, you could still turn on your television and, every so often, catch a music video. It didn't last.
Tom Breihan | December 13, 2018 - 11:46 am

Status Ain't Hood

Curren$y & Freddie Gibbs Make Sense Together

Curren$y and Freddie Gibbs had it figured out before almost everyone else. Near the beginning of this decade, when the rap landscape completely and irrevocably…
Tom Breihan | November 7, 2018 - 1:20 pm

Straight To Video

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

This column never covered the video for Maroon 5's "Girls Like You," currently the #1 song in the country, and I forget why. But it's…
Tom Breihan | October 19, 2018 - 12:18 pm

More J. Cole stories

Stream 21 Savage’s New Album I Am > I Was

Back at the top of November, 21 Savage tweeted out a date: 12-7-18. Then, on 12/6, he posted cover art for an album called I
Chris DeVille | December 21, 2018 - 9:42 am

Status Ain't Hood

Curren$y & Freddie Gibbs Make Sense Together

Curren$y and Freddie Gibbs had it figured out before almost everyone else. Near the beginning of this decade, when the rap landscape completely and irrevocably…
Tom Breihan | November 7, 2018 - 1:20 pm

J.I.D – “Off Deez” (Feat. J. Cole)

J.I.D, at Atlanta rapper who just turned 28 last week, can rap. He can rap his ass off. He can rap circles around just about…
Tom Breihan | November 6, 2018 - 10:27 am

Rapsody – “Sojourner” (Feat. J. Cole)

A year ago, the North Carolina rapper Rapsody released the tough, incisive album Laila's Wisdom, taking her place within the long lineage of thoughtful and…
Tom Breihan | October 26, 2018 - 10:20 am

J. Cole Admits He Didn’t Vote In 2016 Despite Campaigning For Hillary

J. Cole, rap's desperate conscience, recently sat down for an interview for a Billboard cover story and, naturally, he had some things to say.
James Rettig | September 27, 2018 - 1:26 pm

The Week In Pop

6LACK Wishes He Was A Rapper, But As An R&B Singer He’s On The Right Track

"I'm an R&B nigga with a hip-hop core." That's 6LACK, the Atlanta singer born Ricardo Valentine, on "Scripture," a track from East Atlanta Love Letter,…
Chris DeVille | September 27, 2018 - 1:24 pm

J. Cole Cancels Dreamville Because Of Hurricane Florence

J. Cole's first ever Dreamville festival has been canceled because of Hurricane Florence. SZA, Young Thug, Nelly, Big Sean, Teyana Taylor, Saba, and J. Cole,…
Julia Gray | September 10, 2018 - 7:23 pm

Childish Gambino – “Feels Like Summer” Video

Back in May, Donald Glover premiered a striking Childish Gambino music video for his new song, "This Is America." It was an exciting teaser for…
Julia Gray | September 2, 2018 - 12:04 pm

Straight To Video

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Right now, as you're reading this, I am en route to Los Angeles, to work on a very strange and exciting freelance assignment that I'm…
Tom Breihan | June 22, 2018 - 11:18 am

Jay Rock – “OSOM” (Feat. J. Cole) Video

The past few days in rap music criticism have been consumed with conversations about Nas' new album and JAY-Z and Beyoncé's new album and the…
Peter Helman | June 20, 2018 - 2:13 pm

The Week In Pop

America’s Pop Mainstream Is Finally Making Room For Languages Other Than English

Quick: Who's the biggest pop star in the world? Taylor Swift? Drake? Beyoncé? Justin Bieber? Rihanna? Ed Sheeran? These are all viable candidates, but if…
Chris DeVille | May 31, 2018 - 5:07 pm

The Week In Pop

I Regret To Inform You That My Nemesis Charlie Puth Is Getting His Shit Together

Charlie Puth is ridiculous, but more importantly, he is meticulous. His music is toothless, but his commitment to that music and its spoils is ruthless.
Chris DeVille | May 10, 2018 - 2:46 pm

The Week In Pop

Post Malone Doesn’t Care About Rap Music

It's one of my life's great regrets, but I can't deny it: Last Friday I helped Post Malone's new album Beerbongs & Bentleys break the…
Chris DeVille | May 3, 2018 - 5:11 pm
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