Black Life On Film: Ice Cube And 25 Years Of Boyz N The Hood

A quarter-century later, the movie's lessons about loyalty and violence resonate powerfully.

Kanye West's ‘Famous’ Video And The Trap Of Provocative Art

Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib on the power to make us look

Under Half-Lit Fluorescents: The Wonder Years’ Suburbia, 5 Years Later

Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib on a pop-punk milestone and the challenge of empathy

Surviving On Small Joys

In a world of never-ending violence against the marginalized, how can we keep going?

The Greatest: Muhammad Ali’s Hip-Hop Legacy

Remembering the boasts, poetry, and trash talk that changed the world

On Violence And Homecomings

Gucci Mane, Troy Ave, and the place of music in a deadly world.

Puffy's Grand Sacrifice

On the scene in Brooklyn at the Bad Boy Family Reunion

De La Soul Is Dead Lives On

25 Years of Being Black and Allegedly Weird

Bonnie Raitt And The Ghosts Of The Ryman Auditorium

Spirits in the rafters and slide-guitar magic in Nashville.

Dear Mama: Afeni Shakur And The Love That Is Greater Than Loss

Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib on how hip-hop loves its mothers back

The Night Prince Walked On Water

There are moments when those we believe to be immortal show us why that belief exists. Prince's Super Bowl performance in 2007 was one.

Beyoncé, Frank Ocean, And The Art Of Anticipation

Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib on the bitter juice of Lemonade

Wasn’t Born Hustlers: The Aging Of Jay Z

Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib on when you gotta bid it good riddance

An Atlanta Utopia For The Rest Of Us: The Art Of Organized Noize

Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib on the foundation of Atlanta hip-hop

Carly Rae Jepsen's Public Displays Of Affection

Watching Carly Rae Jepsen play E•MO•TION live is an hour-long clinic in vulnerability.

Correy Parks's Emotional Prosperity Gospel

Columbus, Ohio, rapper talks about God and his dreams.

Phife Dawg: In Memory Of The Five Foot Assassin

A tribute to the everyman soul of A Tribe Called Quest

Zayn Malik And The Songs That Bring Us To Prayer

On the importance of watching a Muslim pop star follow his own path

Nina Simone Was Very Black

I have always held the legacy of Nina Simone close, because I know how easily it could be taken from me and served back to America as something more pleasing.

Tell ‘Em All To Come And Get Me: A Year of Being 'Alright'

Hanif Willis Abdurraqib on Kendrick Lamar's "Alright" and the life of MarShawn McCarrel.

'The Life of Pablo' and the Myth of Rare Black Genius

Assessing the career of Kanye West, means considering the demand for black greatness, and the toll it takes on the great.

A Night In Bruce Springsteen's America

Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib goes to a stop on The River Tour.

Finding Bowie in 'Labyrinth'

On David Bowie as Jareth, the Goblin King, in the '80s cult classic "Labyrinth."