Kanye West Says He Is Returning With Two New Albums

Kanye West Says He Is Returning With Two New Albums

Photo After a prolonged absence from the general public eye, Kanye West introduced a pair of recent albums on Twitter. Credit Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Adidas Kanye West is coming again with a vengeance — and two new albums. The rapper, who had been largely quiet in public since a dramatic spiral close to the […]

Fury in Germany as Rap Duo With Anti-Jewish Lyrics Gets Award

Fury in Germany as Rap Duo With Anti-Jewish Lyrics Gets Award

He additionally famous the unlucky timing of the ceremony. April 12 is a day of worldwide solemnity. “That such a prize was handed out on Holocaust Remembrance Day is shameful,” he wrote. The nation’s recording business affiliation had criticized the lyrics however defended its alternative within the identify of creative freedom. Nominations are primarily based […]

Kendrick Lamar Shakes Up the Pulitzer Game: Let’s Discuss

Kendrick Lamar Shakes Up the Pulitzer Game: Let’s Discuss

“DAMN.” is definitely deserving, but its victory seems like one other signal of the world, and subsequently the musical tradition, we stay in — embodied by the streaming companies, via which the most important artists and albums get increasingly, and everybody else will get a smaller piece of the pie. This system is corrosive to […]

Review: William Forsythe’s Infectious New Hip-Hop Ballet

Review: William Forsythe’s Infectious New Hip-Hop Ballet

LONDON — William Forsythe’s new “Playlist (Track 1, 2)” for English National Ballet is a blast. Just 10 minutes lengthy, it had the viewers whooping in the course of the efficiency and on its ft by the point the curtain got here down. On its opening two nights, Thursday and Friday, viewers have been rewarded […]

Kendrick Lamar Wins Pulitzer in ‘Big Moment for Hip-Hop’

Kendrick Lamar Wins Pulitzer in ‘Big Moment for Hip-Hop’

“DAMN.,” which featured Rihanna and U2, together with kinetic manufacturing from Sounwave and Mike WiLL Made-It, amongst others, topped the charts and was amongst final 12 months’s most-streamed albums, whereas additionally tackling thorny points each private and political, together with race, religion and the burdens of business success. Though his work is usually severe — […]

Philadelphia Prosecutor Supports New Trial for Meek Mill

Philadelphia Prosecutor Supports New Trial for Meek Mill

Photo Protesters rallied in entrance of a courthouse throughout a listening to for the rapper Meek Mill in Philadelphia on Monday. Credit Jacqueline Larma/Associated Press The Philadelphia district legal professional’s workplace on Monday threw its help behind a marketing campaign to overturn the conviction of the rapper Meek Mill, the newest flip in a decade-old […]

Cardi B Becomes the Fifth Female Rapper With a No. 1 Album

Cardi B Becomes the Fifth Female Rapper With a No. 1 Album

Photo Cardi B’s first album, “Invasion of Privacy,” opened on the high of the Billboard chart with the equal of 255,000 gross sales. Credit Mario Anzuoni/Reuters Last summer time, together with her ubiquitous hit “Bodak Yellow,” Cardi B turned the primary feminine rapper since Lauryn Hill in 1998 to achieve No. 1 on the Billboard […]

Transportation Turned Performance Art: Nairobi’s Matatu Crews

Transportation Turned Performance Art: Nairobi’s Matatu Crews

NAIROBI, Kenya — Clutching the door body, Sheriff Safania Maina leans out of the bus because it hits potholes going 45 miles per hour. He jumps out of the door of the car because it slows down. He begins to run alongside it. He yells, encouraging folks to board. He spots a potential passenger and […]

The Playlist: Nicki Minaj Is Ready to Rumble, and 11 More New Songs

The Playlist: Nicki Minaj Is Ready to Rumble, and 11 More New Songs

Every Friday, pop critics for The New York Times weigh in on the week’s most notable new songs and movies — and the rest that strikes them as intriguing. This week, Kamasi Washington previews “The Epic” follow-up, Carrie Underwood embraces an imperfection and Florence and the Machine present there’s magnificence in restraint. Just need the […]

Cardi B Is a New Rap Celebrity Loyal to Rap’s Old Rules on ‘Invasion of Privacy’

Cardi B Is a New Rap Celebrity Loyal to Rap’s Old Rules on ‘Invasion of Privacy’

Here alone are three doable Cardis: switchblade Cardi, empowerment-seminar Cardi, pan-Latin-unifier Cardi. And these aren’t even all of them. On “She Bad” and “I Do,” she raps about intercourse with the assertiveness and uncooked element of Lil’ Kim or Too Short. And on “Thru Your Phone,” she’s convincingly damaged by an untrustworthy companion: “I might […]