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Anderson .Paak Hit The Studio with Bruno Mars, Nile Rodgers and Disclosure

With 2016 under his belt, it appears <b>Anderson .Paak</b> is gathering a whole new roster for his next project. And the selections speak for themselves. In …

How 6LACK Went From Sleeping in a Recording Studio to Touring with The | GQ

The emerging Atlanta musician talks middle school days battle rapping, the violent car accident that changed his life, and living out of a ripped backpack in his early twenties.<p>If you'd heard of 6LACK (pronounced "black") before November 2016, it was likely because of the explosion of his single …

Rap & Hip-Hop

These movies used moments of silence to tell brilliant stories

From full on silent films to a brief moment of quiet juxtaposed with chaos, the lack of sound in films can be every bit as powerful as the presence …

Smino Delivered A Soothing Performance Of “blkswn”

Watch an infectious offering from the impassioned St. Louis native.<p>Nimble rapper Smino blessed the crowd with his single, "blkswn" at The FADER FORT …

Nile Rodgers at SXSW: 'Any song that gets to the top 40 is a great composition'

A chance meeting with Timothy Leary, Sesame Street, butting heads with Joe Jackson, and a principled jazz guitar tutor were four of the key turning points in Nile Rodgers’s career, according to the Chic founder who was the first music keynote speaker at this year’s SXSW.<p>Rodgers explained his career …

Music

Watch Dave Chappelle’s New Netflix Trailer, Soundtracked by A Tribe Called Quest

On March 21, two new Dave Chappelle comedy specials premiere on Netflix. One is called <i>Dave Chappelle: The Age of Spin</i> (filmed at Los Angeles’ Palladium in March 2016) and the other is <i>Dave Chappelle: Deep in the Heart of Texas</i> (Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater in Austin in April 2015). …

Top 10 Artists From The 90s Who Sang Their Hearts Out

If you know anything about anything then you know that 90s R&B is the last great era of music. There is a reason people are wearing shirts …

Morphin' Time! Check Out Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Photos of the Power Rangers Movie Cast

It’s getting close to morphin’ time!<p>With the release date of the new <i>Power Rangers</i> movie mere weeks away, PEOPLE has an exclusive behind-the-scenes …

Dreams of musical stardom come at a cost in ‘The Get Down’ Part II trailer

<i>The Get Down</i> came with only six episodes when it premiered in August, but its fans aren’t going to be shortchanged. The back half of the musical …

Entertainment

Daye Jack - Casino

Rising Atlanta star Daye Jack continues to impress with latest release "Casino."<p>Taking the funky rhythms expressed in recent release, "Raw," and …

Indie Music

Stormzy: ‘Respect me like you would Frank Ocean or Adele’

I meet Stormzy in a beautifully appointed recording studio in a chi-chi area of London. He stands out, but then he would anywhere. Stormzy, real name Michael Omari Jr, is a can’t-hide 6ft 5in in his trackie bottoms, black socks and slides, plus a T-shirt that, unexpectedly, has a picture of Louis …

Music

Clyde Stubblefield, James Brown's 'Funky Drummer,' Dead at 73

Clyde Stubblefield, James Brown's one-time drummer and the creator of one of hip-hop's most popular samples, has died at the age of 73. …

Music

What does the world sound like to its greatest drummers?

A band is only as good as its drummer, so they say. The butt of every band’s jokes yet the most crucial member of any outfit, a drummer’s job – supplying the beats, keeping the tempo, adding textures, making sure all heads are overwhelmingly nodding – never goes amiss. There’s a reason why John …

No Labels: Chance the Rapper and Jimmy Butler

Building a legacy of hoops, hip-hop and hope in Chicago<p><i>An ESPN The Magazine collaboration.</i>Photos by Eric Ray Davidson/ESPN and <i>ESPN The Magazine</i><p>Chance …

Eight Performances That Show Why Al Jarreau Was the Greatest Male Jazz Singer of His Time

Few professional singers have used their instruments as playfully and as consummately as Alwin (“Al”) Lopez Jarreau did. The seven-time Grammy Award …

Legion premiere recap: 'Chapter 1'

Legion<p>We gave it an <b>A-</b><p>Superheroes aren’t the death of creativity in Hollywood, despite how badly film snobs want to label them as such. But there are …

What If Fans Voted For The Grammys? Here's Who Might Win

We’re only three days away from the 59th Annual Grammy Awards — not only “Music’s Biggest Night,” but also its most distinguished. Often called the Oscars of music, Grammy winners are determined by the voting members of the Recording Academy — all of whom are “involved in the creative and technical …

G-Eazy: Art of the Hustle

Going back to Berkeley with hip-hop's James Dean<p>Written by: Carvell Wallace<p>Artwork by: Lindsay Farrell<p>Video by: Joe Maziarski<p>The hotel lobby where I …

Concept Albums Are Cool Again, Thanks to Hip-Hop

Rap and R&B artists have revived the dreaded rock opera. How far can it be taken?<p>Big Sean's new album <i>I Decided</i> was hyped by the Detroit rapper as a full-fledged concept album, the story of "an old man [who] didn't succeed in life and asked for a second chance." In the same <i>Entertainment Weekly</i> …

What A Win For Each Grammy Album Of The Year Actually Means

Don’t hurt yourself thinking about it<p>What's in a Grammy win? To some, not much. Many argue that, since the music industry moves so quickly, the award ceremony is out of touch with what's truly influential. Traditions die hard, though, and a little pomp and circumstance are never unwelcome. Just …

Someone From The Internet Dug Up The Original Samples Of Over 300 Of Your Favorite Hip-Hop Songs From 2010-2016 : Watch

Since the beginning of <b>hip-hop</b>, <b>samples</b> have always been a huge part of genre's culture. One YouTube channel has taken the time to highlight over 300 …

These are the songs that never end: 10 of music's most rewarding long cuts

It takes giant cojones to go on national radio and bust out an acoustic version of a new, self-reflexive, chorus-free, 13-minute song whose lyrics start second-guessing its own reviews. But Father John Misty is not a man suffering from a shortage of self-confidence, so that’s exactly what he did on …

Blues-rock

Watch Pharrell impersonate Skepta and discuss N.E.R.D’s future plans

The N.E.R.D frontman also said that he wants to write another song with the 2016 Mercury Music Prize winner<p>Pharrell has spoken about his desire to …

Music

5 Albums Out Today You Should Listen to Now: Sampha, Big Sean, Syd, More

<i>With so much good music being released all the time, it can be hard to determine what to listen to first. Every week, Pitchfork offers a run-down of significant new releases available on streaming services. This week’s batch includes new albums from Sampha, Big Sean, Syd, Homeshake, and Surfer</i> …

Bruno Mars on American music: 'Black people created it all'

In an interview with <i>Latina</i> magazine, Bruno Mars pointed to the history of American music and praised black people for shaping the industry.<p>“When you …

Music

Kari Faux Talks Drake, HBO's 'Insecure' And How to Come Up Off Soundcloud

When OVO, the record label/crew run by one Aubrey Drake Graham, gives you a call and asks for permission to remix your work and plop the most streamed artist on Spotify on your song, most young and gifted artists would have immediately said yes…but not Kari Faux. Kari has a vision for her career …

Run the Jewels are hilarious on quiz show Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me

<b>The duo talk about Judaism and how Meow the Jewels came to be.</b><p>El-P and Killer Mike, also known as <b>Run the Jewels</b>, appeared today on the most recent …

Jewels

Top 15 Hip Hop Concept Albums

[<i>A</i> concept album <i>is an album unified by a larger purpose or meaning to the album collectively than to its tracks individually. This may be achieved</i> …

Atlanta’s 6LACK Wants to Talk About Real Life

The singer behind "PRBLMS" discusses staying grounded, being vulnerable, and getting ready for fatherhood.<p>Last week, Atlanta singer 6LACK had his first performance in New York, headlining the website Pigeons and Planes' No Ceilings showcase at Rough Trade. A video uploaded byPigeons and Planes …

Inside the Ill Mind of Producer Illmind, Who Makes Ill Beats with His Mind, Which Is Ill

The hitmaker and Blap Kit entrepreneur talks producing for J. Cole and Drake, 4 AM calls from Timbaland, and creating the beat packs helping shape the sound of pop and hip-hop.<p>New Jersey-born Ramon Ibanga Jr., otherwise known as Illmind, may not be a household name, but the stable of artist who …