La Roux Made Us a Playlist of Songs That Inspired Her New Album

La Roux’s upcoming Trouble In Paradise is one of the best albums of the year, so when Elly Jackson made us a playlist of songs that helped inspire the writing on the project, we knew it... Read more »

Listen to “Chun Li,” a Memphis Rap Song Inspired by Julian Casablancas’ Vocals

Havier Green, one-half of the Memphis rap duo The Sidewayz, doesn’t mention the typical rap references. Within a few minutes of talking to him, he’s dropping names like Shamir. “That shit makes me wanna do coke... Read more »

Check Out Laura Doggett’s Debut Single “Phoenix,” Produced by SOHN

Producer SOHN has established himself over the past couple of years as one of those producers always worth paying attention to. We don’t know anything about Laura Doggett besides the fact that she’s from the UK,... Read more »

Interview: Lucki Eck$ on His Mellow Style, Drugs, and Being an Outlier in Chicago’s Rap Scene

It was almost exactly a year ago that a Chicago rapper not even 18 years old named Lucki Eck$ dropped a mixtape called Alternative Trap. While every other Chicago rapper out was making hard, aggressive rap... Read more »

Daily Discovery: QUAD, an 18-Year-Old Rapper From Baton Rouge Who’s About to Get Fired From His Job

Daily Discovery is a feature that will highlight a new or recently discovered artist that we’re excited about. See the rest of our Daily Discoveries here. QUAD is 18-year-old Quadry Winters, and he currently works at AutoZone in... Read more »

Premiere: Kyan – “Insert Runaway”

2014 is starting to feel like the return of the vocalist. With acts like Sam Smith and Kwabs on the rise and Adele set to make a comeback, a lot of these singers who can’t actually... Read more »

Watch a 19-Year-Old Kanye West Rap at a Fat Beats Record Store in 1996

In 1996, Fat Beats opened up a record shop on 6th Avenue in New York City, and to celebrate the launch, a bunch of rappers came through to perform. At the time, a 19-year-old Chicago kid... Read more »

Life as Art and the Innate Destructiveness of Creative Critique, By Willis Earl Beal

In early June, Willis Earl Beal and I started exchanging emails. He sent me his new collection of songs called Experiments in Time and explained that he’d be releasing the album through and handling all... Read more »

Young Thug ft. T.I. & Zuse – “Eww (Remix)”

Lately, it’s been Young Thug all over the remixes, but this time, it’s his song that gets a couple extra verses added to it. For the “Eww” remix, “About The Money” collaborator T.I. and Atlanta-based Jamaican rapper... Read more »

Meet Ace Cosgrove, a Maryland Rapper Who’s Sick of the Same Old Radio Rap

Ace Cosgrove isn’t your typical rapper. He speaks quietly and you can tell that he chooses his words carefully, but he’s not a passive artist. He’s not following trends and hopping on bandwagons, and he’s not... Read more »

Watch Broods’ Video For “Mother & Father”

Rising New Zealand duo Broods keep things simple for their new “Mother & Father” video. It’s interesting though, because we still haven’t seen much of the brother-sister pair two beyond a few press pictures. That’s about... Read more »

Adele Announces New Album Called “25″ and 2015 Tour

It’s kind of amazing how an artist as massively popular as Adele can disappear from headlines for so long. She sells out shows worldwide, breaks sales records, puts on stunning performances on live television, then quietly... Read more »

Kwamie Liv – “Comin Thru”

On her first couple of songs, it was hard to tell where Kwamie Liv would go next. The Danish singer—who has also lived in Zambia, Turkey, Sweden, South Africa, Kenya, Ireland, and Bangladesh—switches up the format... Read more »

Watch a Recap of Jungle’s Tumblr IRL Event in Brooklyn

On June 21, XL Recordings group Jungle took over The Wick in Brooklyn for Tumblr’s IRL series. The event featured a gallery of work by Oliver Hadlee Pearch, the co-director of the band’s acclaimed music videos,... Read more »

Watch Lykke Li’s Dramatic New Video For “Gunshot”

Bet you never thought you’d see twerking in a Lykke Li video. There have been a lot of great music videos featuring dance lately, and for “Gunshot,” Lykke Li showcases her own dramatic take on a... Read more »