DMX’s Music Was a Profound Vessel for His Pain

From the release of his debut Def Jam single, “Get at Me Dog,” in 1998, DMX was an immediate titanic presence in hip-hop. Just as the genre was moving toward polished sheen, he preferred iron and concrete — rapping with a muscular throatiness that conveyed an excitable kind of mayhem. The staccato bursts on “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” — an early […]

Lana Del Rey Gets Backlash Over Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip Photos

In one image, Queen Elizabeth is seen smiling up at Prince Philip, while another shows a black-and-white snapshot of the longtime partners holding two of their young children. Many of Del Rey’s nearly 19 million Instagram followers took issue with her post, noting that Philip and Elizabeth were distant relatives. “Mmm i love how they were cousins<3,” one person commented. […]

Making Music Visible: Singing in Sign

On a recent afternoon in a brightly lit studio in Brooklyn, Mervin Primeaux-O’Bryant and Brandon Kazen-Maddox were filming a music video. They were recording a cover version of “Midnight Train to Georgia,” but the voices that filled the room were those of Gladys Knight and the Pips, who made the song a hit in the 1970s. And yet the two […]

Manuel Medrano, La Doña & More: First Stream Latin

Mon Laferte, Seis (Universal Music México) Mon Laferte wrote her sixth album, aptly titled Seis, while hunkered down in the pueblo mágico Tepoztlán, nearly two hours south of Mexico City. The Chilean singer-songwriter started writing it a month after the COVID-19 lockdown was imposed. “I was like everyone else, just filled with uncertainty,” she told Billboard. “So I clung onto […]