The Dream vs. Jeremih

I wrote about free EPs from R&B singers Jeremih and the Dream. Below, Jeremih’s latest radio hit, “Don’t Tell ‘Em,” which does not appear on the EP.

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Why are People Ignoring Mary J. Blige?

I wrote a piece for Salon about the new Mary J. Blige album and the strange treatment of R&B in the music press. Read it here. Check out Blige’s explosive “Power Back” below, a song that shows her perfectly at home in a pop climate dominated by DJ Mustard.

New Releases: YG & DJ Mustard take on Freddie Gibbs & Madlib

I wrote about two new rap albums, My Krazy Life and Pinata, both of which came out on March 18. In many ways, these albums represent opposites: YG’s a young rapper on the rise, while Gibbs has been around for a while; DJ Mustard is storming the radio with hit after hit, Madlib exists outside of the mainstream. See my piece here. Below, “High,” from Pinata. Like many of the songs on the album, it revolves around prominently placed ’70s soul samples.

Reignition

I wrote about the new R Kelly album for the Atlantic. See the piece here. Below, an older Kelly track, “A Woman’s Threat.”

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