“Queen” and “Astroworld” are the products of two rappers who are preoccupied with the album format, but aren’t especially well-suited to it.
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The French duo’s heartfelt songs are accompanied by visuals that have caught the attention of the “Moonlight” director Barry Jenkins.
For their On the Run II tour, pop’s most powerful couple perform the third act of their high-stakes play about faithfulness and disappointment.
On the Compton MC’s third album and the up-and-comer’s debut, they showcase why their region is perhaps the most vibrant rap hub of this decade.
The universe of the graffiti master turned astrofunk storyteller in a bracing show reveals his lifelong battle against the limitations of form.
This 19-year-old rapper is having a breakout year on the strength of “Goodbye & Good Riddance,” the full-length album he released in May.
New albums from Kanye West, Jay-Z, Drake and J. Cole showcase rap’s superstars staring down their role as the genre’s elders.
The rapper’s double album, “Scorpion,” is not a stylistic breakthrough or a victory lap, but a revisiting of his past arriving at a moment of personal upheaval.
Three days in Wyoming as the hip-hop firebrand tends to his scars.