John RicardYesterday the Atlanta-born singer Lloyd released his fourth album King Of Hearts, a collection that explores love and lust, giddiness and heartbreak, and other opposing sides of the romantic cointhe first track you hear on the album is the expletive-filled summer jam "Dedica ... More >>
Next week King of Hearts, the new album by Atlanta R&B crooner Lloyd, comes out after what seems like a really really long time since he provided the hook to the near-chart-topper "BedRock." (Early 2010 wasn't that long ago in real terms, I know.) Last night "Dedication To My Ex (Miss That)" ... More >>
"Queensbridge, y'all ready to see Nasty Nas?" Thus begins Nas' "Nasty," a return to form that justifies the answer to that question always being "Yes, duh!" With rugged, street-level bars about the finer things in life and being better than other rappers that recall his legendary post-Jay-Z battle ... More >>
Please, Jacob Lusk, stick around as long as possible. CREDIT: Ray Mickshaw/FOX.This was the first week we really got to see a lot of Interscope honcho Jimmy Iovine, whose role on American Idol is supposedly to mentor all the kids, but it's already clear he's only going to show up for five-min ... More >>
The Internet's hottest rapper is about to find out if that means anything
The world's greatest aerobics instructor returns to wail once more
On Raymond v. Raymond, a tell-all that tells very little
"For The Blueprint, Jay-Z literally just walked into the studio one day and was like, 'Anybody got some beats?'" Kanye mourns, 1.30.10.Last Thursday, when producer Justin "Just Blaze" Smith announced he was closing shop at Baseline Studios, longtime recording homebase for Roc-A-Fella Records ... More >>
Lovers of r&b already love him. Time to wake up everyone else.
Esmee Denters was a goofily pretty Dutch pancake house waitress who, in 2006, began uploading videos of herself singing covers of Beyonce and Alicia Keyes songs to YouTube. In 2007, she posted a clip of herself covering of Justin Timberlake's "What Goes Around" in which, at the end of the video, ... More >>
Who would've thought that, even a year ago, T.I. would become a rapper who will almost certainly go down in history as the inspirational, R&B-inflected posi-rap king--the prom don, the graduation-speaker type whom parents will eagerly recommend to their kids. As far back as the '90s Tip was being ar ... More >>
First, Kid CuDi rhymes over LCD Soundsystem's "Someone Great" (Murphy's bemused response here, although I don't vouch for the authenticity); now he's rhyming over Rich Boy's Polow Da Don-produced "Drop." With the caveat that rappers routinely rhyme over each other's beats, there's a reason that th ... More >>
More controversial than it is enjoyable, but it's enough of both
He now 'makes moments that will outlast the world' instead. You'll live with it.
Destiny's neglected child lets her dimmer light shine
Major-label hip-hop records in burying-best-track shocker!