Bad Bunny and J Balvin's Surprise Album 'Oasis' Could Have Been Better
The current kings of reggaetón and Latin trap give their fans the tag team event of the summer, for better or worse.
Puerto Rican Hitmaker Jhay Cortez Doesn't Need American Hip-Hop’s Approval
The writer behind Cardi B's "I Like It" and other bangers is ready to top the charts under his own name.
The Success of Lil Keed Cements Young Thug's Legacy
The YSL rapper’s 'Long Live Mexico' album proves Thugger's hard-won influence over rap’s new generation.
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Future's Search for Redemption and 8 More Albums for Heavy Rotation
Spiritual drones and old folk songs fill out this week's essential listening.
Tim Heidecker's Divorce Album Is No Joke
The cult funnyman is known for his irreverent and outlandish comedy on Adult Swim, but his new album 'What The Brokenhearted Do…' gets real about an imaginary break-up.
Unifying Música Urbana With American Trap Comes With Growing Pains
While YG's Hot 100 hit "Go Loko" gives a deserved boost to the trapero Jon Z, the video's mariachi imagery is inelegant and superficial.
Karol G Is Bigger Than Reggaetón
The urbano hitmaker spent over a decade making a name for herself in Colombia, slowly evolving into the global pop artist she's ready to become.
Nav Is Finally Self-Aware
The Punjabi-Canadian rapper may be a frequent target of maligning memes and industry plant accusations, but The Weeknd’s homegrown favorite now has a Billboard chart-topping album.
Why Every Popular Rap Song Gets a Latin Trap Remix
Gaming the system by combining an original track with an ostensibly related one with some level of Latinx representation is a long-standing strategy.
After Wax Idols, Hether Fortune Is Better Off Alone
Having abruptly disbanded her primary creative outlet for nearly a decade, the songwriter is now working by herself, at her own pace.
Eddie Murphy's 'Life' Shows How Complicated Canceling R. Kelly Can Be
Twenty years after the buddy comedy first debuted in theaters, its soundtrack proves problematic in the wake of serious new allegations against executive producer R. Kelly.
Why Indie Rock Fifty-Somethings Are Going Synthpop
Decades into their careers, rock 'n' roll journeymen from seminal bands like Guided By Voices and Pavement are discovering the subversive joys of making electronic music.