Asiya Robinson, Rowan University
The tragedy from Travis Scott’s concert is now influencing how music festivals structure their rules and regulations.
Re’nesia Mills, University of Tampa
After a two-year wait, the American R&B singer is preparing to release her second album that is sure to have female fans in their feels and craving more.
Jenna Amore, Oakland University
The controversial musical artist has been showing off his baby bump to his TikTok viewers, which finally culminated in the ‘birth’ of his latest album in mid-September.
Niall Calvert, Wesleyan University
Two of the largest rappers have entered a new chapter in their long war of words, and while many fans are grabbing popcorn, the battle is already stagnating.
Elizabeth Dewit, University of Pittsburgh
It started as a freestyle on his livestream — now, TikTokers are rapping the song about the Adult Swim cartoon in front of historical sites.
Karen Lu, Yale University
The Korean indie music genre truly has something for all music enthusiasts, from R&B and hip-hop to rock and alternative.
Nathan Kolodney, Wesleyan University
From his generosity toward young hip-hop artists to his passionate performances, this rapper has proven that he deserves the title of hip-hop G.O.A.T.
Daniel Buccafusca, East Stroudsburg University
Will the hip-hop artist ever be able to recover from the backlash he has received for over a decade, or is he past his prime?
While hip-hop and rap have become a phenomenon in China, these artists have abandoned both the genre’s Black roots and its emphasis on authenticity.
Tanisha Bhat, Boston University
If we want the genre to continue to make an impact and have a stable future, we cannot depend on music that is made to go viral on the video-sharing app.
Caleb Mullenneaux, St. Olaf College
Despite several decades separating the heights of their popularity, both the rapper and the English singer-songwriter share an unwavering independent spirit.
Eva Halvax, University of Arizona
As the late rapper moved forward in his career, he evolved musically as well as emotionally, becoming more introspective as he battled with his inner demons.
Danielle Kuzel, Florida State University
The Portland hip-hop musician is growing both lyrically and artistically.
The musician pairs the melancholy with the joyful aspects of life, creating a balance of carefree nostalgia.
Emma Smith, Wesleyan University
Boasting poetic lyrics and lighter melodies, the Brooklyn native’s latest album is a concept record exploring what it means to have everything.
Nayeli G. Pena, Colorado College
Hailing from the U.K., the band mixes hip-hop, jazz, indie rock, pop and ambient house — and they haven’t let quarantine dampen their prospects.
Desiree Jaime, Hofstra University
The rapper and comedian, real name Dave Burd, opens up on his autobiographical FXX television show.
Michelle Young, Simon Fraser University
The lo-fi artist’s extended play is unapologetically emotional and honest, providing an exploration of what it means to move on from heartache.
Lauren Buchko, Michigan State University
The versatile musician has moved beyond her ‘Whip My Hair’ days, and she deserves a lot more recognition.
Alyssa Alexander, SUNY Buffalo State
Society is redefining what it means to be masculine and feminine. What does that mean for a culture rooted in gender roles?
Kayla Johnson, Bradley University
The song is blowing up all over social media, but as a piece of music, it doesn’t have much going for it.
Rickea Bell, Saint Peter’s University
These two have been working hard for their whole careers. It’s time to see them work together.
Cynthia Vasquez, Rutgers University, New Brunswick
After falling a little behind the times, its smooth sounds are back to capture the ears and hearts of listeners.
Bryan Lance, Liberty University
The hip-hop artist sadly joins the ranks of influential artists taken far too soon.
Gabriel Egbert, University of Louisville
The multi-talented musician and ‘Hamilton’ cast member is one of the most innovative artists working today.
The new exhibit ‘The [R]evolution of Hip Hop’ puts this genre’s long history in the limelight, highlighting its changes and triumphs.
Giana Gayles, Stanford University
If you’re an OG fan of the melodramatic rapper, you probably hate him now.
Caleb Dukes, Rice University
Did your favorites make the cut?
“I’d take a personal connection of 10,000 people over a commercial audience of a million.”
Imagine listening to your favorite hip-hop songs in moody, angelic slow motion.
Vaishnavi Kalyana, College of DuPage
The artist speaks out on some controversies in this new release.
Brendan Bell, Towson University
The new album might be his worst one yet.
Dylan Kazanova, University of Texas at San Antonio
While Gucci Mane has dropped some great hits, his newest album shows that he’s getting a little too comfortable with his patented formula.
The Big Easy is known for jazz, but is it what everyone’s listening to? It’s time to explore the multifaceted music scene that includes rock, rap and funk.
Maddy Ipema, Columbia College Chicago
EarthGang is the Southern dynamic duo you have been waiting for.
Brandon Suss, University of South Carolina
XXL posts an annual list of top new artists. Which year produced the ones with the most staying power?
Abby Webb, Rice University
The new Travis Scott documentary has some fun moments, but avoids deeper insights into the rapper’s life.
Amber Amortegui, Palm Beach Atlantic University
How this nonprofit organization uses beatboxing to help kids create music and practice speech therapy
Their new album is a revelation of the struggles the band members have been through, and their honesty is inspiring.
Alicia Owens, Georgia State University
Hip-hop artist Taylor Bennett talks about alienation on this EP.
The raw debut album is a narrative toward self-discovery and meaning.
Taylor Sprinkle, University of Texas at Austin
The musician’s latest release reframes our issues as an opportunity for self-improvement, rather than an excuse for self-pity.
Sydney Hawkins, Alabama A&M University
Rap and hip-hop is once again turning to Africa for inspiration.
This mixtape is inherently political and emotionally charged.
Lauren Prestia, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Here are the details about the rapper’s detainment in Sweden.
Christopher Duggan, Boise State University
And why shouldn’t he?
Once ambiguously closeted, Lacy is now definitively out and making music that feels alive with bravado.
Brandon Sasserson, University of New Hampshire
Check out these triple double no assists.
While Q has yet to release his magnum opus, he’s showing every sign of reaching all-time status.
It’s hard to be Puff, but it’s even harder being Puff’s son.
Meagan Bess, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
From rap to jazz to soul, this up-and-coming artist does it all.
The ‘Pinata’ sequel, ‘Bandana,’ is slated to release next month.
The bloated album did well on the charts, but its standards are clearly lower.
The son of Rev Run has laid the groundwork for a successful career of his own.
Layan Sasa, University of Texas at San Antonio
The real is back, the ville is back.
Aside from a few scattered positives, the 13-track project feels like a throwaway.
On his new album, the 26-year-old finally leaves the gimmicks behind.
Nicole Andrasko, University of Pittsburgh
The YouTube-famous duo have returned with another pop-culture-bashing album.
The album has head-banging potential, but the 22-year-old’s work still needs some polishing.
The MC’s sophomore project, ‘NOIR,’ is brimming with promise.
Overshadowed and under-played, each of these projects deserves way more attention than they received.
‘A Love Letter to You 3’ flounders in the shadow of its predecessors.
Moiz Rizvi, University of Texas at Austin
Because nowadays, who needs more bulls***?
The trio of veterans are pushing sonic boundaries on the multifaceted collab.
Sarah Brown, University of Florida
The rapper’s untimely death has only given his music a renewed sense of poignancy.
The Chicago-based musician is everything good about timeless hip hop.
Melissa Lee, State University of New York at Oswego
Shady’s back … but please don’t tell a friend.
Jonathan Christian, Northwest Vista College
The self-proclaimed ‘mudboy’ insists he ain’t no joke.
Tori Ihnen, Fort Hays State University
If Step No. 1 is calling attention to yourself, Russ has done that in spades. It’s his music that might not be up to snuff.
Alexis Rogers, Temple University
Rumor has it the project might even feature a Stevie Wonder collab.
Jen Tombs, University of Warwick
It’s one big chilled out synth-fest … where every song sounds the same.
Jamie Lovley, University of Maine
The album’s impressive streaming record might actually be its least surprising quality.
Remington Jensen, University of Idaho
The eight-track ‘K.T.S.E.’ sees Taylor in gloss, with priceless production behind her and a voice like Noname.
The Philadelphia rapper’s eccentric debut album, ‘Whack World,’ is a fresh and amusing trip into the mind of its subversive creator.
Ayanna Totten, East Stroudsburg University
After a four-year hiatus, Minaj hopes to reclaim her title as Queen of rap.
Bradley Howlett, Grand Valley State University
The big question is: Will we be getting their ‘Humanz’ sound, or a return to their more classic style?
After two years’ hiatus, and on the heels of a slew of controversial remarks, West is back.
‘Testing’ is a new look for A$AP, and it definitely feels a little awkward.
Yoni Yardeni, Pierce College
Lil Wayne’s 2008 album is a modern-day classic ‘cause Wayne win, and they lose.
With its increasing popularity, sad rap spreads awareness about mental illness and drug abuse in an industry fixated on partying.
Cleo-Symone Scott, Virginia Commonwealth University
This summer is about to be a hot one.
Gillian Farnan, SUNY Cortland
After taking a hiatus to explore other creative pursuits, Melinoe is back with a new single, ‘Cyclones,’ and fresh new sound.
Sam Kasierski, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
According to J. Cole, the fans are all to blame. And the rappers.
Tabitha Prisinzano, Columbia College of Missouri
By fusing Lovecraftian horror with the story of one of the most notorious names in hip-hop, Joshua Chaplinsky took the genre in a refreshingly hilarious direction.
Haley Newlin, Southern New Hampshire University
Will the old Iggy Azalea please come back to the stage?
‘Bobby Tarantino II’ is the sixth mixtape by Logic and it currently has his fans reeling as ‘mixtape Logic’ makes a much-welcomed comeback.
Sarah Marchan, University of Texas at San Antonio
TDE’s ‘Championship Tour,’ their first full-label tour, is starting in Vancouver this May. Here are three reason why you should go see TDE’s artists.
Xavier Austin Reyna, University of Texas at San Antonio
Watch out this month – artists are dropping albums like no tomorrow and you’ve got to be prepared. Here’s a list of some you should definitely look out for.
Onaje McDowelle, University of Texas at Austin
San Marcos rap collective PNTHN reflects on the five albums that helped define their sound.
Christian Zeitler, Carnegie Mellon
With their new album, ‘Vacation in Hell,’ dropping April 6, The Flatbush Zombies offer a solution to hip-hop’s problem with carbon-copy personas.
Adriana Luna, Northwest Vista College
The new year has just begun, but these artists are already taking no prisoners with their lyrical mastery.
Atlanta-based hip-hop trio ‘Migos has wasted no time making their impact in 2018 with the release of ‘Culture II.’
Alex Johnson, New York University
Though Kendrick Lamar, Donald Glover and Bruno Mars took home a slew of high honors, critics claim that the Grammys snubbed female artists.
Jack Brandon, University of Michigan
The rap collective, who released three albums in 2017 alone, are exploring new frontiers in hip-hop, both sonically and thematically.
Patrick Murtha, Eastern Connecticut State University
After four long years, Eminem has returned with ‘Revival,’ and it’s already garnering a series of less than positive reviews.
There are only two rules: Don’t eat spaghetti beforehand and leave your sweater at home.
The holidays are right around the corner, the New Year is almost upon us and it’s time for the annual end-of-the-year top ten lists.
Kelly Lambkin, SUNY Cortland
Brown University student Sebastián Otero Oliveras, an ethnomusicology major, is igniting social change one track at a time.
Marshall’s third full-length release shows another young, once-in-a-generation talent for production, songwriting and artistry.
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