SZA Comes Into Her Power On Ctrl

Her full-length debut is a forceful vision with roots in Audre Lorde’s wisdom

Alt-J Take On Climate Change And Broken Hearts On ‘Relaxer’

The British band’s third album tries to expand beyond atmosphere, with mixed results

Kendrick Lamar’s Journey Into The Funk

The way his vocal style has evolved in recent years is revealing

Solange Makes the Guggenheim Museum Her Own

On the scene at ‘An Ode To,’ her latest reimagining of ‘A Seat at the Table’

Kweku Collins Embraces Ambivalence On Grey

On his new EP, the Illinois rapper wrestles with his background and looks for a sense of self

The Subtle Power Of Memory In Frank Ocean’s Music

Notes on how his recent releases play with short- and long-term meaning

The Revealing Gaze of J. Cole’s 4 Your Eyez Only

In his new documentary, the rapper sheds light on the Southern black experience

How ‘Deep Cover’ Illuminates The Limits Of Gangsta Rap 25 Years Later

Snoop Dogg and the myth of the black outlaw

GoldLink Dances With Mortality On At What Cost

The D.C. rapper’s debut album dodges some clichés, collides with others

Rick Ross Tells a Fantastic Tale on Rather You Than Me

The rapper gives his trademark parables an intriguing political makeover

Vince Staples Sails The Stormy Seas Of Today’s Rap Scene

On the scene at the Long Beach rapper’s Life Aquatic tour

Oddisee on Rap, Knowledge, and Hard Work

Speaking with the D.C.-area rapper about his great new album, ‘The Iceberg’

Khalid Aims To Live Free On American Teen

Notes on the 19-year-old singer’s promising debut

The Legion Soundtrack Is A Trip Worth Taking

Composer Jeff Russo’s psychedelic work complements the FX series’s themes

Jidenna’s The Chief Is An Adventurous, Deeply Rooted Debut

Two years after ‘Classic Man,’ the Nigerian-American artist expands his range

Prince's 'Love Symbol' At 25: Revisiting An Underrated Album

The album where Prince tried to make his peace with hip-hop is a fascinating tour-de-force

The Bittersweet Story of Zydeco in 2017

Five years after the Grammys stopped recognizing zydeco music, how is the Gulf Coast genre faring?

Syd’s 'Fin' Is A Cool, Confident, Sexy Solo Debut

The Internet’s mastermind steps out on her own terms

How Aminé's 'Caroline' Became a Political Weapon

Revisiting a provocative late-night moment as Trump prepares to cut arts funding

How Hip-Hop Survived The Atlanta Mixtape Raid

10 years ago, the state of Georgia went after DJ Drama’s prosperous empire

Big Sean is Rap’s Most Improved Artist

After years of slow progress, he’s become one of the genre’s most engaging stars

Kendrick Lamar’s Prophecy

‘Untitled Unmastered’ pulled back the curtain on the creation of a black masterpiece

Common and Saba Fight for Chicago’s Future

On ‘Black America Again’ and ‘Bucket List Project,’ the two artists offer competing visions of their city

Blues Run The Game

How Kendrick, Young Thug, Mick Jenkins and more are tapping into the painful prayers of a bygone era.