Listen To These 14 Great Rap Albums From 2015 

It's not even April yet, and it has already been an excellent year for new music. Like, shockingly excellent. Drake dropped an wonderful surprise album, while Kedrick Lamar unleashed his much-anticipated follow-up to 2012's Good Kid M.A.A.D. City. We also have the promise of new albums from Kanye, Rihanna, Ty Dolla… » 3/30/15 3:33pm Yesterday 3:33pm

T-Pain Is Back

There was a time in the early-mid 2000s when you couldn't turn on the radio without hearing a T-Pain song, but then he pretty much went silent for the four years following the flop of his last album, Revolver. Today, he dropped the DJ Drama-hosted mixtape The Iron Way, and I think it's safe to say Teddy Bend-Er-Ass… » 3/27/15 1:56pm Friday 1:56pm

The Latest Run The Jewels Video Takes On Police Brutality

Every music video off Run The Jewels 2 has been so good and different. The new film for the Zack de la Rocha collab "Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)" doesn't deviate from that assessment, but it's heavy and a hell of a lot more real than the rest. It makes sense, considering the video deals directly with the very… » 3/26/15 3:02pm Thursday 3:02pm

Michael Jackson's Moonwalk Is Old Enough To Be Somebody's Ornery Dad 

This day in 1983 was the taping of the Motown 25 TV special. It was a great night, with performances from Stevie Wonder, a reunion for the Supremes, and a rare TV appearance from Marvin Gaye. But it was also an important night, because it was witness to a huge transformation. It was the first time Michael Jackson ever… » 3/25/15 5:35pm 3/25/15 5:35pm

RIP Kroll Show, The Meta Sketch Comedy TV Needed

Last night was the series finale of Nick Kroll's Comedy Central series, Kroll Show. It was short but sweet—just three seasons of sketch comedy television parody. It took us into the alternate TV Universe of Nick Kroll's weird brand of comedy. It was a cable TV universe that is much like the one that exists in reality,… » 3/25/15 2:40pm 3/25/15 2:40pm

Future Is The Hardest-Working Guy In Rap

Atlanta rapper Future hasn't slept much this year. He's put out three mixtapes since October, is currently working on another, and at this rate is Lil B-level prolific, but with more songs that actually make it in the pocket. You don't even have to like Future to appreciate the insanity of that level of output. » 3/23/15 5:34pm 3/23/15 5:34pm

Madonna Needs A Nap

Madonna needs a friend who will grab her by the shoulders and ask the hard questions, like, "Are you sure this is such a good idea?" She has needed a friend like this for many, many years, and no, the help does not count. Sure, I know she has a new album out and all that, but she really needs to drink some tea, chill… » 3/20/15 10:17am 3/20/15 10:17am

If You Have A Heart, Pull For SMU 

You can say a lot of things about Southern Methodist University: lots of spoiled kids go there, it has the George W. Bush library and is proud of it, that whole death penalty thing, etc. etc. and then some. But for me, it is of some great personal significance that they're even playing in the NCAA tournament at all. » 3/19/15 4:08pm 3/19/15 4:08pm

MTV Spring Break Used To Rule

Long before Harmony Korine made spring break synonymous with Gucci Mane and bikini-clad robbers, that school-free week of bliss in March was all about something else: MTV. The quasi-holiday inspired some of the best TV programming of the entire year, as the hedonism-obsessed channel decamped its entire lineup of… » 3/19/15 10:16am 3/19/15 10:16am

Video: Iamsu! Talks His New Mixtape And Being Underrated

One thing you should know about Bay Area rapper Iamsu is that he loves his mom; I know this because he brought her along when he came by the Deadspin office recently. The reason he stopped by to begin with brings me to the other thing you should know about the guy otherwise known as Suzy Six Speed: He definitely reads… » 3/16/15 3:44pm 3/16/15 3:44pm

You Should Be Paying Attention To Tink 

Tink is a Chicago triple-threat singer, rapper, and songwriter who has been gradually making her rise on the rap blogs and niche-music internet over the past two years or so. "Ratchet Commandments" is the first single off her upcoming major-label, Timbaland-produced debut record. It's great, but it's not the only… » 3/16/15 12:49pm 3/16/15 12:49pm

Point: Iman Shumpert Says Empire Is Plagiarizing His Life; He's Wrong

Empire is the story of Empire Records, a mega-successful record conglomerate headed by heavy-handed CEO Lucious Lyons (played by Terrence Howard). Lucious has three sons: Andre, Jamal, and Hakeem. Hakeem is a rapper who dates a babyfaced singer named Tiana. Cleveland Cavaliers guard and sometime rapper Iman Shumpert… » 3/12/15 4:06pm 3/12/15 4:06pm