The talented rapper's newest record 2014 Forest Hills Drive suggests that he might never find his throne in a genre of self-proclaimed kings—but that's not necessarily a bad thing.
As albums disappear from Spotify and the smartphone hard drives becomes crowded, it's becoming clear that simpler really was better for many listeners.
Fifteen years after he broke onto the scene, the legendary rapper often sounds like a caricature of his former self.
Brian Coleman's new book lets rap's most influential players talk about their art, largely unedited.
Breakaway's second single heralded the arrival of a new star, a new sound, and an all-time karaoke classic.
Nick Drake, who died 40 years ago, was too ethereal to compete with 1970s showmen like David Bowie and Elton John. But he was the perfect musician for the digital era.
A spare piano melody from a brother-sister duo known for strange, jazzy electronica
A pop quiz on the diva's crucial place in film history, from Garland to Gugu
Four Atlantic staffers discuss the latest installment of the podcast, in which listeners finally learn more about Jay.
Two lush, retro box sets celebrate Paramount Records, a company that never understood its own artistic significance.
Rock has always resisted telling audiences how to behave, but smartphone-wielding concertgoers are infuriating artists.
When the rapper dropped Cristal for Armand de Brignac, he was sending a message that his business would go to a brand that appreciates hip hop.
A fanfic Twitter account that imagines the performer has actual powers brilliantly parodies the masculine superhero complex, and her perfect hair.
Packed with outspoken women performing and winning, the CMAs looked female-friendly, even if the industry it celebrates still isn't.
Halloween deserves music fit for jangling bones and moldering souls. Halloween deserves Camille Saint-Saëns’s 1874 classical masterpiece, Danse Macabre.
New research suggests famous musicians face higher rates of accidental death and suicide.
She has left country behind, but her new album's a blast.
When the Scottish singer disses the likes of Miley and Rihanna, she makes feminism smaller.
Ashlee Simpson's lip-sync debacle on Saturday Night Live a decade ago was the beginning of the end for her—and for her family, once a celebreality dynasty in the making.
Hip-hop's complex history with race and gender, dramatized in two rapper's insulting tweets