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SPIN R&B Report: Yuna Props Up Woozy Soul With Smelling Salts, Laura Mvula Meets Pop Halfway

While the world spent much of this year waiting for Frank Ocean, R&B continued to evolve. This season’s picks illustrate that there’s a thriving crop…
Mosi Reeves / August 26, 2016

Review: Rae Sremmurd Dim the Fun, Along With the Lights, on ‘SremmLife 2′

Last year, it was impossible to go anywhere — a nightclub, a rooftop barbecue, even the supermarket — without hearing the manically gleeful chants of Rae…
Mosi Reeves / August 10, 2016

Review: NAO Fumbles Toward Ecstasy on ‘For All We Know’

British R&B singer Neo Joshua has charted a slow — yet inexorable — path to her own startling breakout moment. She entered as one-fifth of…
Mosi Reeves / July 29, 2016

Life After Death Row: A Guide to Snoop Dogg’s Post-‘Doggystyle’ Career

The quarter-century-long career of Calvin Broadus — a.k.a. Snoop Doggy Dogg — is full of contradictions. He’s a husband and father whose devotion to his family is…
Mosi Reeves / July 8, 2016

Review: Come Test Death Grips and Get Sliced on ‘Bottomless Pit’

Four years ago, Death Grips exemplified the anti-corporate violence and rugged individualism of black-bloc anarchism. The tattooed and bearded Stefan Burnett boomed and growled like…
Mosi Reeves / May 11, 2016

SPIN R&B Report: Tweet Flutters Back Into View, K. Michelle Puts the Real in Reality TV

Yes, there’s more to R&B in early 2016 than Anderson .Paak. The Los Angeles dynamo has been rightly lionized for blending hip-hop, pimpish soul, and…
Mosi Reeves / April 15, 2016

Review: Open Mike Eagle and Paul White Get Up Close and Well, You Know, on ‘Hella Personal Film Festival’

If the late, lamented revolutionary poet Gil Scott-Heron was a college-bound poet today, he might be writing raps in the vein of Open Mike Eagle.
Mosi Reeves / March 21, 2016

Kendrick Lamar Has Already Won in Every Way, But Sure, He’ll Take a Grammy Too

Back in 2009, just as Kendrick Lamar began to gain notice on blogs such as 2dopeboyz.com, he offered this lyric on "I Am (Interlude)," from…
Mosi Reeves / February 11, 2016

The Roots Save Their Sour Notes for the Quizzically Bleak ‘…And Then You Shoot Your Cousin’

In this post-Internet age of cross-platform synergy as condo down-payment survival, the Roots have flourished. There is the band on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy…
Mosi Reeves / May 19, 2014

Freddie Gibbs and Madlib Craft a Deft, Eccentric Street-Rap Epic on ‘Pinata’

Piñata, the full-length collaboration between 21st-century gangster rapper Freddie Gibbs and 31st-century producer Madlib, lulls breezily between pro forma thuggery and Swisha Sweet insights, mixing…
Mosi Reeves / March 13, 2014

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

AlunaGeorge’s Hit-or-Miss ‘Body Music’ Proves That Killer Alt-R&B Singles Don’t Always Add Up to a Killer Album

Body Music, the full-length debut from British duo AlunaGeorge, could have made an excellent EP. The math is there, all right. Set aside the three…
Mosi Reeves / July 29, 2013

Run The Jewels, ‘Run the Jewels’ (Fool’s Gold)

Run the Jewels may be the first time NYC rapper/producer El-P has abandoned his perfectionist's streak for the exhilaration of immediate results. There are no…
Mosi Reeves / July 8, 2013

Kid Cudi, ‘Indicud’ (Republic)

Will Kid Cudi ever find true happiness? That dilemma lies at the crux of Indicud, an album that the mercurial rapper has claimed in interviews…
Mosi Reeves / April 19, 2013

Serengeti, ‘Saal’ (Graveface)

David Cohn, who raps under the name Serengeti, is a vignette expert. He can summarize a character's entire life — or at least someone's crux…
Mosi Reeves / February 14, 2013

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