Everyone Loves Flo Milli's Bossy Raps
The Alabama rapper uses her beat selection and nods to pop culture to bridge the gap between Gen Z and Millennials.
Victoria Monét Was R&B's Best Kept Secret – Until Now
Monét wrote for Ariana Grande and Brandy, but with 'Jaguar', she establishes that her most important work is her own.
Breland's Ambitious Country Rap Is More Than a Trend
Rather than capitalise on a now-popular sound, the “My Truck” singer is in it for the long haul, an artist who seems to disrupt stereotypes just by existing.
Spike Lee's 'Da 5 Bloods' Unravels the Whitewashing of American History
The Netflix film finds four Black Vietnam War veterans wrestling with the irony of fighting for freedom in a country synonymous with our bondage.
The Music Industry Fails Black People Every Day
Black Lives Matter is exposing a flawed industry predicated on the abuse of Black talent at the hands of white executives, publicists, and newsrooms.
Beyoncé Just Made Life Better By Rapping on Megan Thee Stallion's 'Savage'
By hopping on the remix, the original Houston hottie just gave us all another reason to learn that TikTok dance.
Aretha Franklin's Son Is Outraged by the 'Respect' Biopic
Kecalf Franklin, son of the famed soul singer, wants fans to boycott the forthcoming film.
Billboard Wants Artists to Stop Gaming the Charts With Album-Merch Bundles
Artists like Nicki Minaj have been skeptical about how album-merch bundles manipulate the charts. Now, Billboard is changing the rules.
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The 2010s Were the Decade When Black Protest Music Went Mainstream
Beyoncé, Solange, Kanye West, Frank Ocean and Rihanna released provocative, forward-thinking albums during the rise of the Trump candidacy, solidifying Black music's legacy as protest music.
We Asked Religious Experts About Kanye West's 'Jesus Is King'
Ahead of the release of Kanye's ninth album, we talked to divinity professors to put the rapper's turn to the Lord into context.
Ja Rule Awkwardly Attempts to Explain His Role in Fyre Fest
On 'Watch What Happens Live', the Queens rapper opens up about his involvement with the troubled event and why he's ready to throw another music festival.
How Diana Ross, a Pasty, and a Public Boob Pat Enshrined Lil' Kim as a Legend
Twenty years ago today and long before Instagram, Diana Ross did the original double-tap on Lil' Kim's left breast.