Esperanza Spalding

Common Grabs Stevie Wonder, Esperanza Spalding, and Chuck D for “Black America Again”

Common has never been shy about going political with his lyrics, and today has released "Black America Again," a new song that features Stevie Wonder on keys…
Brian Josephs / September 23, 2016

Jukebox Jury: Esperanza Spalding on Writing an Opera and Doris Day’s Street Cred

On first listen, the final song on Esperanza Spalding’s Emily’s D+Evolution feels very familiar, but that sense of comfort gets warped into something more sinister and…
Connor O'Brien / June 13, 2016

The 50 Best Albums of 2016 So Far

Now that we're nearly halfway done with 2016, the time has come for your annual summer-listening list. Expect to find a tender comeback from the…
SPIN Staff / June 1, 2016

SPIN Overlooked Albums Report: JPEGMAFIA Is the ‘Black Ben Carson,’ Esperanza Spalding Surprise-Wins Again

You know it's a good year when there's not one, but two jazz releases making the rounds outside of jazz circles for the right reasons.
SPIN Staff / April 1, 2016

Janelle Monae’s ‘The Electric Lady’ Strives to Match Her Sci-Fi Ambitions and Pop Smarts

Janelle Monáe's ongoing multi-album Metropolis project is a post-millennial homage to Fritz Lang's roaring twenties dystopia, and a framework for the fervently precocious futurist-R&B ideas…
Mosi Reeves / September 9, 2013

Does Janelle Monae Dream of Electric Sheep?

There's something inscrutable about Janelle Monáe. Speaking with the 27-year-old, Kansas City-born musician, it can be difficult working out whether her intense self-assuredness is simply…
Anupa Mistry / September 5, 2013

Who Charted? The ‘Hunger Games’ Soundtrack, Duh

First! As predicted, the Appalachialicious Hunger Games soundtrack arrived at No. 1 on Billboard's Top 200, becoming the first film soundtrack to hit the top…
Devon Maloney / March 29, 2012

Terrific Twitter Trio of the Week

Lots of musicians tweet -- but all that Twitters is not gold.
Anna Hyclak / February 18, 2011