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H.E.R. Steps Into the Spotlight on “Back of My Mind”
The secretive R. & B. artist demonstrates her talent and range on this so-called début album.
By Sheldon PearceJune 22, 2021
Migos Would Like to Be on Rap’s Mt. Rushmore
The new album “Culture III” is the group’s latest bid to secure its legacy.
By Sheldon PearceJune 15, 2021
Japanese Breakfast’s Sunny New Album
On “Jubilee,” Michelle Zauner turns away from grief and embraces love and light.
By Sheldon PearceJune 8, 2021
Mustafa Ahmed’s Powerful Songs of Memory on “When Smoke Rises”
Listening to the Canadian poet and singer’s music can feel like eavesdropping on a prayer.
By Sheldon PearceJune 2, 2021
Georgia Anne Muldrow’s Beats for Returning Outside
Her new album, “Vweto III,” is filled with music that leads you out of confinement.
By Sheldon PearceMay 25, 2021
J. Cole’s All-Star Ambitions on “The Off-Season”
His sixth album is his most accomplished yet.
By Sheldon PearceMay 18, 2021
Squid Is a Band with No Rules
That’s why their music is so weirdly listenable.
By Sheldon PearceMay 11, 2021
The Empty Blockbuster Music of DJ Khaled
His latest album, “Khaled Khaled,” seems to exist solely for the pursuit of clout.
By Sheldon PearceMay 4, 2021
DMX, Shock G, and the Plight of the Middle-Aged Rapper
The recent deaths of two musical pioneers show how difficult it is to grow old in hip-hop.
By Sheldon PearceApril 27, 2021
Brockhampton Makes Good on Its Supergroup Promise
The coronavirus lockdown seems to have centered the collective, whose members lived together while recording a new album.
By Sheldon PearceApril 20, 2021
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