Jesus Garcia, Boston University
While many were expecting something politically charged from the rapper, the iconic artist has chosen to look at the personal — and the possibilities for redemption.
The talented rapper’s 2012 album firmly established his artistic ingenuity.
Jenna Amore, Oakland University
‘Palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy’ for the rap star’s fans who are anxiously waiting in line to grab a bite of homey-style pasta.
Sarah Gudenau, Oakland University
The 2015 hip-hop concept album has a renewed importance because of its social and political commentary on racial inequality, institutional discrimination and African American culture.
Gabriel Egbert, University of Louisville
Imagine listening to your favorite hip-hop songs in moody, angelic slow motion.
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?
Yoni Yardeni, Pierce College
Charlie Brown and his friends have nothing on Nate Dogg.
Maya Ramani, University of Virginia
The hip-hop star recently made, and nailed, his acting debut.
Ashlyn Leigh Willis, University of North Alabama
Not one of which is ‘Donald Trump Jam’ by USA Freedom Kids.
The year is only halfway over, but these rap songs have already gone the extra mile.
Tricia Crimmins, Bates College
Smith weaves metaphor and political discourse into a beautifully produced coming-of-age album.
Haley Newlin, Southern New Hampshire University
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 Recording Academy has announced the nominations for the 2018 Grammys, and if they snub Kendrick a third time, that’s on them.
Patrick Murtha, Eastern Connecticut State University
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.
Cheryl Sutton, Purdue University
Music is the only positive thing that 2017 has going for it.
Christian Zeitler, Carnegie Mellon
These four songs showcase collaborations between successful electronic artists and rappers that perfectly combine the strengths of the two genres.
Tyler Fitch, Florida State University
The Compton rapper’s acceptance into the hip-hop pantheon depends on his forthcoming album.
Set to release on April 14, judging from the newly released single “HUMBLE,” Lamar might be dropping his most vicious album yet.
Charlie Wooley, University of San Diego
“It does makes you think: How many other classic songs does he have stored away?”
Elijah Watson, University of Texas at Austin and Guest Contributor
Kendrick’s decision to put out an unapologetically political album divided fans, but it should unite critics.
It’s simultaneously comedic and poignant, the soundtrack equivalent to a Richard Pryor joke.
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