To Make Your Own Justice: America 25 Years After Rodney King

In 1991, the rest of the world found out what black Los Angeles already knew

The Search For A Black Self In The American West

Tracing the roots of cowboy music

G-Eazy: Art of the Hustle

Going back to Berkeley with hip-hop's James Dean

De La Soul’s Patient, Powerful Rap: And The Anonymous Nobody, Reviewed

The hip-hop pioneers' new album is the work of grown, unhurried artists

Flamingosis’s Bright Moments Is A Hazy Memory Trip

The producer's new album weaves smooth 1970s and 1980s samples into perfect grooves.

Heavy Metal Kids On A Weird Ride

A new documentary on the teen band Unlocking the Truth reveals their struggles with the music industry.

The Darkness And Beauty Of Noname’s Telefone

Life and death are in a delicate balance in the Chicago poet and rapper's debut mixtape

A Condensed History Of White Rappers

From "Rappin' Rodney" to G-Eazy and beyond.

The Rare Depth of LP’s ‘Muddy Waters’

An underappreciated singer showcases her emotional range

How Bernie Worrell Built Our Musical Future

Remembering the vastly influential P-Funk keyboardist, who died on Friday at age 74.

Instrument Of Thy Peace: What Prayers For Orlando Get Us

A way to make all those thoughts and prayers actually change something.

Stolen Language: The Strange Case Of Meghan Trainor's Blaccent

What's lost when white singers cop a dialect that's not their own.

How Sonic Youth Unfucked The World: Evol At 30

Carvell Wallace examines Sonic Youth's space in 1986

A Playlist To Ease Your 'What If Trump Wins?' Anxiety

Carvell Wallace on the songs that return him to love.

The Unknowable Aaliyah

Twenty-two years after her debut single, a singular legacy shines on

Idris Ackamoor And The Pyramids: Days Of Futurism Past

A freewheeling Afro-futurist jazz collective faces down 2016.

Prince Can't Die

It’s too soon to talk about Prince in the past tense. He created something so permanent and beyond that we will never be able to fully get rid of it.

The Lonely Hurt Of Beautiful Things

Carvell Wallace on the racial dimension of the global phenomenon of 'Sorry'

A Place For The Soul To Sing: The Church Of St. John Coltrane

The plight and the power of the St. John Coltrane African Orthodox Church of San Francisco

Kweku Collins's Everyday Magic

Whenever an 18-year-old picks up a microphone, there exists the potential for magic.

How Do We Measure The Value Of A Life?

Peace to Bankroll Fresh, the Atlanta rapper who was shot and killed last weekend.

This Is A God Dream: Kanye, Tupac, And Black Utopia

Carvell Wallace on blackness in real time.

Seven Sisters For Brittany Howard

Carvell Wallace on black women who have shaped rock and blues.