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Kendrick Lamar Says Plenty — He Doesn’t Have to Bring Up Trump
He knows what he’s doing.
Cardi B Is Perfect for Bruno Mars’s ‘Finesse’ Video in More Ways Than One
The video pays tribute to
In Living Color
, an ideal show for Cardi’s skill set.
most anticipated of 2018
32 Albums We’re Excited About in 2018
Cardi B! Beyoncé! Kanye?!
Lorde Is Not a Bigot
Clearly, 2018 is off to a great start.
year in culture 2017
Rap Dominated Pop in 2017, and It’s Not Going Anywhere Anytime Soon
Notes on a takeover.
On ‘Like Home’ Eminem Still Thinks America Can Be Saved
Isn’t it nice to think so?
Can Chief Keef Change Music Again?
Never count Chicago’s finest out.
year in culture 2017
The 10 Best Songs of 2017
Vulture’s music team picks its favorite songs of the year.
Joyner Lucas’s Viral Hit ‘I’m Not Racist’ Is Exhausting
He’s technically talented, but his message doesn’t really apply to the current state of the world.
Another Grammys, Another Year of Confusing Rock Nominations
It’s getting harder and harder to define what rock is supposed to be.
What Would It Mean for Kendrick Lamar to Win Album of the Year?
Maybe this will be the year the Academy finally gives him everything he deserves.
Lil Pump Responds Bizarrely to a Bizarre World
Exploring the sources and viral success of the South Florida sound.
Is the Best Album of Her Career
It’s a package as compelling as it is seamless
What Is the Next Taylor Swift Single Going to Be?
And what if it’s all of the songs?
Eminem Sounds Uncommonly Quiet on ‘Walk on Water’
The Beyoncé-backed track feels more like a prelude than an actual song.
The Best Songs on Taylor Swift’s
Are the Least Aggrieved
She saved the best for last.
Sparks Don’t Always Add Up to a Fire on Sleigh Bells’
The more guitars, the better
The Unlikely Rise of Rich Chigga
How an 18-year-old foreign-born rapper played to a capacity crowd last night in New York.
Kelsea Ballerini Strikes a Careful Balance on
The rising star of country shows new facets, but there’s a tradeoff.
The Anesthetic Lift of Taylor Swift’s ‘Call It What You Want’
It’s pleasant but unfocused.
Rihanna and N.E.R.D. Evolve on ‘Lemon’
They keep advancing.
A Pair of Recent Mixtapes Showcase Atlanta Rap’s Continued Vitality
Thanks to Gucci Mane, it’s plug and play among the Peach State’s elite.
The Best Songs of 2017 (So Far)
Lorde, the War on Drugs, Lil Uzi Vert, Khalid, and more.
Taylor Swift Can Be Anything She Wants, So Long As It’s Computer Generated
Who needs one identity when you can afford them all?
All 73 Sade Songs, Ranked From Worst to Best
Her greatest songs hold out the possibility of a better world.
The Judgement of XXXTentacion
He wouldn’t be where he is if he wasn’t very good at making it very clear who he is.
How Rap Reveals What a ‘Rock Star’ Really Means
The dark reality of rock stardom, explored.
The Odd Timing and Faulty Logic of Taylor Swift’s ‘Gorgeous’
Her sketch of a relationship feels disjointed and implausible.
Will Smith’s New Song Is Absolutely Absurd
Who even knows why he decided to make an EDM song.
, Robert Plant Honors the Legacy of Led Zeppelin
Voices age but the song remains the same.
Eminem Is Taking On Donald Trump, But Does It Matter?
Maybe he could make a difference.
Liam Gallagher and Kele Okereke: Two Paths for the Front Man Turned Solo Artist
Both are kind of weird in their own ways.
Shouldn’t There Be More Music in
Though Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend is the show’s creator and Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes worked on some of the music,
is a quiet show.
St. Vincent Embraces Artifice in the Video for ‘Los Ageless’
Also featured: bright colors, pop wizardry, and cosmetic surgery.
Revisiting Portishead’s Moody Self-Titled Second Album
Twenty years after its release,
is a moody, harrowing, listening experience.
Beyoncé Jumping on J. Balvin and Willy William’s ‘Mi Gente’ Means Something
Language and culture barriers are incredibly high, but it’s good to recall that they’re not insurmountable.
Analyzing Chart Topping Hits From Cardi B, Post Malone, and Taylor Swift
singles chart is the closest thing the U.S. has to a representative body.
Tricky Finds New Angles in Darkness
The trip-hop legend returns with a dense and dark new album.
A Beginner’s Guide to Travis Scott
A brief guide to the rapper, producer, and reported soon-to-be father of Kylie Jenner’s child.
Listening to MF Doom Is Still a Frustrating Experience
The reclusive rapper is releasing music at a steady clip, but is it any good?
Perfume Genius’s ‘Wreath’ Video Is a Tribute to the Human Form
And it showcases the power of personal expression.
Concrete and Gold
Is Resistance Rock, But Is it Good?
The sound, though always executed with great competence, is intentionally and collectively haphazard.
Lana Del Rey’s Video for ‘White Mustang’ Is Pretty Out There
There’s a guy in it that looks like the child of Lana and Ed Sheeran
Radiohead’s ‘Lift’ Video Is Literally a Downer
It takes place in an elevator.
What Does David Lynch Have to Say About Race?
In the filmmaker’s vision of America, whiteness is the source of all evil.
The Imperfect Innovation of Kanye West’s
Ten years after its release, Kanye West’s third album is a fascinating peek into the world of an artist in transition.
The Perfectly Off-Center Sound of SZA’s New Song, ‘Quicksand’
The singer delves deeper into the lush heartbreak she explored on
Foo Fighters’ ‘The Line’ Is Predictable, But That Doesn’t Mean It’s Bad
The Foo Fighters are one of the most reliable rock bands we’ve got, and their new single doesn’t change that.
Here’s Why Taylor Swift’s ‘…Ready for It?’ Might Sound Familiar
Taylor Swift’s second single is edgier than the first, but maybe you’ve heard something like it before
Queens of the Stone Age’s
Songs for the Deaf
Is More Than Just a Great Album
Fifteen years after its release, the album is a pinnacle of nuanced desert rock.