May 21, 2013 — On his new songs, the rapper points fingers in every direction, including back at himself.
May 19, 2013 — Toliver's music is anchored by the violin, on which he is classically trained. He says he discovered the instrument in fifth grade — and that in a way, it chose him.
May 12, 2013 — On The Lighthouse, Georgia Anne Muldrow and Dudley Perkins engineer an overstuffed, idea-packed collision of funk, soul, hip-hop, jazz, psychedelic space-rock, spoken-word poetry, protest music and more. Along the way, they examine innumerable intersections of love, politics, spirituality, healthy living, parenthood and world citizenship.
May 11, 2013 — "The last thing that I want to do is be a hack," says the rapper and actor. His latest album, his first since splitting with the record label that launched his career, is called Authentic.
May 8, 2013 — New York's Charles Bradley and London's James Hunter Six both mix inspiration and replication.
May 6, 2013 — After the rapper lost a legal battle with far-reaching consequences over sampling, the mere existence of All Samples Cleared! was a triumph.
May 2, 2013 — The soundtrack to The Great Gatsby, Baz Luhrmann's latest high-end refurbishing of a lived-in classic, doesn't try to re-imagine Jazz Age tunes in a modern context. Instead, it attempts to transplant the sensibility of the 1920s to the hip-hop era, with genre-busting collaborations overseen by Jay-Z.
Apr 30, 2013 — The New York rapper on his new role, Lil B's brilliance and doing business with good people.
Apr 26, 2013 — In front of a paying audience, Tyler answered the questions of rap journalist Elliott Wilson. Tyler's buoyancy contrasted with Wilson's laid-back style, and resulted in a conversation that was at turns intimate and crude.
Apr 24, 2013 — The New York rapper's political and layered rhymes have been pegged as "conscious rap," a label that has now become pejorative. His latest album challenges that image, paying homage to old-school hip-hop and working with the present.