Hip-Hop

The Evolution of U.K. Rap

The Evolution of U.K. Rap

A listening guide and playlist parsing the mutations and subdivisions of MC-led British music.

What Makes Trap … Trap?

What Makes Trap … Trap?

Our resident musicologist unpacks the era-defining sound.

TIDAL Primer: Hip-Hop in the Alternative Era

TIDAL Primer: Hip-Hop in the Alternative Era

Through the dominance of Cypress Hill, Beastie Boys, Body Count and other acts, boundaries and audiences blurred in the early ’90s.

Jazz They’ve Got: Hip-Hop & Improvised Music’s Unbreakable Union

Jazz They’ve Got: Hip-Hop & Improvised Music’s Unbreakable Union

Five albums that demonstrate the myriad ways jazz sounds are currently percolating through hip-hop.

Still Sampling: Upholding Hip-Hop Production’s Cornerstone

Still Sampling: Upholding Hip-Hop Production’s Cornerstone

Rap may have moved in the direction of original beats, but the foundational influences of hip-hop live on.

Andre Harrell: The Party-Starter

Andre Harrell: The Party-Starter

The Uptown founder revolutionized the marriage of hip-hop and R&B, and served an expansive yet neglected audience.

Remembering the Musicians Felled by COVID-19

Remembering the Musicians Felled by COVID-19

This continuing feature honors the musicians taken from us by the coronavirus.

Dr. Dre’s ‘The Chronic’: A Time Capsule That Transcends Time

Dr. Dre’s ‘The Chronic’: A Time Capsule That Transcends Time

Inside Dr. Dre’s 1992 masterpiece, now available on TIDAL in HiFi.

Q-Tip: The Abstract Poetic @ 50

Q-Tip: The Abstract Poetic @ 50

Is Q-Tip the greatest rapper-producer of all time? Check the beats and rhymes.

Chords Become Colors: Inside Synesthesia

Chords Become Colors: Inside Synesthesia

CHIKA, Dr. Dog and XTC on this little-understood neuropsychological phenomenon.

A Year Without Nipsey Hussle

A Year Without Nipsey Hussle

Why hip-hop will never be the same without the genius West Coast emcee.

Kendrick Lamar’s ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’ Turns 5

Kendrick Lamar’s ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’ Turns 5

Musician, lyricist and producer Kassa Overall on the genre-obliterating influence of a modern masterpiece.

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