Lawrence Burney is a writer, a critic, and the founder of True Laurels, an indie magazine covering Baltimore’s music and culture scene. His work has appeared in publications such as New York Magazine, GQ, and Pitchfork. He was formerly an editor-reporter at the Baltimore Banner, a columnist for the Washington Post, an editor at The Fader, and a staff writer at VICE. Burney’s debut essay collection is due out in 2025 via Atria Books.

  1. one love
    The Flattening of Bob Marley’s RadicalismThe biopic One Love continues a long tradition of downplaying the late reggae star’s lifelong commitment to the liberation of Black people.
  2. profile
    Tierra Whack Takes Her Mask OffKnown for her clever lyrics and eccentric music videos, the rapper gets surprisingly vulnerable on her debut album.
  3. album review
    Burna Boy Sounds Creatively ExhaustedThe Nigerian superstar’s new album was supposed to be a victory lap. But he comes across as bitter and paranoid.
  4. fall preview
    GloRilla Means BusinessAll it took was one song for the Memphis rapper to blow up.
  5. guides
    A Brief History of the Club Music Drake Attempts on Honestly, NevermindHow did Baltimore club make its way, three decades later, into Drake’s Canadian hands? The clues were all there.
  6. profile
    Gunna Pushed Himself to the TopAfter a decade making music, the rapper is finally known for his name alone.
  7. tea-mz
    Watching YouTube Through My Daughter’s EyesAnna Oop teaches her about the latest TikTok drama, and me about my child.
  8. verzuz
    The Gucci Mane-Jeezy Verzuz Did Not Let Sleeping Dogs LieTrap’s deities battled it out at Magic City.