Re’nesia Mills, University of Tampa
Female rap artists like Yung Miami, Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion make mature music all the time, but why are parents bothered by it?
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.
Mason Cannon, Columbia University
In his newest album, Tyler, the Creator describes recurring themes of heartbreak within a wider exploration of social injustice, sexuality and a sense of stagnation.
Anna Hupp, University of Wyoming
The moody soundscape and raw, vulnerable lyrics of the artist’s new LP are impressive, but his blind instinct for self-preservation is less so.
Michael Boland, DePaul University
The Brooklyn rapper was just released from prison and will be in the public eye for the first time since his arrest in 2014.
Karen Lu, Yale University
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.
Danielle Kuzel, Florida State University
In their latest release, Spillage Village uses religious motifs to address racism, police brutality, the pandemic and other prominent issues from 2020.
Tanisha Bhat, Boston University
Laying rumors of retirement to rest, the artist has conjured up an album filled with diverse musical styles and songs of heartbreak.
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.
Nora Markey, Wesleyan University
As he rises from obscurity to stardom, the singer’s new album combines bright, reckless sound with dark lyrics about the pressures of fame.
Eva Halvax, University of Arizona
The musician pairs the melancholy with the joyful aspects of life, creating a balance of carefree nostalgia.
Madelyn Haasken, Bemidji State University
Using beautiful melodies, catchy beats and lyrics that stick with you, this music reflects the struggles of these tumultuous times.
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.
Desiree Jaime, Hofstra University
The rapper and comedian, real name Dave Burd, opens up on his autobiographical FXX television show.
Nayeli G. Pena, Colorado College
The Florida rapper joins Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X as the latest artist accused of having a manufactured stardom. Are we too quick to affix the label of inauthenticity to popular musicians?
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.
Hailing from Australia, this teenager is carrying on the legacy of his former mentor, Juice WRLD.
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.
Blair Krassen, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia
The talented producer, rapper and writer is creating hilarious tunes for a new digital age.
Giana Gayles, Stanford University
If you’re an OG fan of the melodramatic rapper, you probably hate him now.
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.
Hip-hop culture needs to make female representation and diversity a priority.
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.
Smith’s second album is a considerably rare yet beautiful approach to rap music.
Ashley Peterson, Geneva College
The latest album by the Christian rapper dives deep into themes of pain, depression and introspection.
Lauren Prestia, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Here are the details about the rapper’s detainment in Sweden.
Aliza Pelto, Pratt Institute
The DNA test wasn’t kidding when it said she was 100% ‘that b—h.’
Sarah Mease, Columbia College Chicago
When life gave Cole Bennett lemons, he made Lyrical Lemonade.
Brandon Sasserson, University of New Hampshire
The sharp EP proved that the overcooked ‘Slime Language’ was just a misstep.
Ashlyn Leigh Willis, University of North Alabama
Though his hijinks, music and literature might be controversial, they all aim to empower the queer community.
Drake vs. Pusha T, Chief Keef vs. 6ix9ine and Lil Uzi Vert vs. Rich the Kid. What a time to be alive.
Natalie Sonier, Wake Forest University
It’s going to be hard to beat the summer heat with this fire album at the top of the charts.
Anastasia Cottone, St. Bonaventure University
The unremarkable four-track project has only served to sour his fan base.
Yoni Yardeni, Pierce College
A wrap-up of the Drake/Pusha-T beef, with no detail spared.
Remington Jensen, University of Idaho
After two years’ hiatus, and on the heels of a slew of controversial remarks, West is back.
Grace John, Rutgers University
Who is the 9-year-old rapper who moves bricks, lives in the Hills and has your mama’s rent money?
Sam Kasierski, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
According to J. Cole, the fans are all to blame. And the rappers.
Haley Newlin, Southern New Hampshire University
Will the old Iggy Azalea please come back to the stage?
Onaje McDowelle, University of Texas at Austin
You: It’s a match made in heaven. Me, an intellectual: Actually, it’s a match made in ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.’
Sarah Marchan, University of Texas at San Antonio
Let’s map out how exactly the genre of emo rap came to be.
Gillian Farnan, SUNY Cortland
‘Bobby Tarantino II’ is the sixth mixtape by Logic and it currently has his fans reeling as ‘mixtape Logic’ makes a much-welcomed comeback.
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.
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.’
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.
These four songs showcase collaborations between successful electronic artists and rappers that perfectly combine the strengths of the two genres.
After a years-long sabbatical, battle-rap legend Aaron Solomon has returned to the scene to prove that he’s still one of the greatest to ever spit.
Brittany Sodic, University of North Texas
Where does the Boat end and the Yachty begin?
With under 200,000 monthly listens on Spotify, these artists may not be popular, but they’re definitely talented.
Terry Mooney, Ohio State University
If you have ever accused Future or Young Thug of ‘not even saying anything,’ you might be missing the point.
Tyler Fitch, Florida State University
Ricardo Valdez Valentine, a.k.a 6LACK, is channeling his traumatic upbringing into rhyme with great success.
Kevin Cordon, University of California at Irvine
Donald Glover’s hit show is taking Georgia’s capital to new heights.
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