Sam Hockley-Smith

  1. vulture lists
    A Brief Guide to the Music of Nipsey HussleFive important songs from the artist’s extensive back catalogue.
  2. song review
    Lil Uzi Vert Comes Out of Retirement With ‘Free Uzi’The story behind the song means more than the song itself.
  3. song review
    Tame Impala Is More Subdued Than Ever on New Song ‘Patience’It might make you think about the passage of time … and also maybe yachts.
  4. song review
    Schoolboy Q’s New Song Is a Reminder Why He’s One of the Best Rappers We’ve GotIt’s not even two minutes long but it’s still a blast to listen to.
  5. right click
    Lana Del Rey Is Writing More Candidly Than Ever“hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me to have — but i have it” is a career highlight.
  6. roundtable
    A Roundtable Discussion of Kanye West’s Tumultuous YearA lot happened on Twitter, and in the White House, but also Kanye West had his hand in no less than five separate albums. How do they sound now?
  7. pitbull
    Okay, Sure: Here’s Pitbull’s Take on Toto’s ‘Africa’Might as well do this.
  8. grammys 2019
    2019 Grammy Nominations: The Snubs and SurprisesIt’s not a great year for Taylor Swift.
  9. rap music
    Earl Sweatshirt Just Made the Most Compelling Music of His Career So FarWho knows where he’ll go from here.
  10. okay sure
    The Summer of Scam Is Bleeding Into WinterJered Threatin is either a performance artist or a short-sighted con man
  11. great songs
    Teyana Taylor’s ‘Gonna Love Me’ Remix Is the Best Wu-Tang Song in AgesIt very well could be a low-key future classic.
  12. music videos
    T.I. Made Another Song About Good TimesThe video also features a poorly-thought-out heist concept.
  13. vulture lists
    12 Essential Kurt Vile SongsSpoiler alert: one of his all-time best tracks is a Randy Newman cover.
  14. vulture lists
    10 Essential Cat Power SongsInterested in getting into the extensive Cat Power back catalogue? Here are some highlights.
  15. dragons
    Migos’s Quavo Seems to Have Caught Fantasy FeverHow many dragons can you find?
  16. roundtables
    What’s the Best Album in Lil Wayne’s Carter Series?The New Orleans rapper uses the series to track his evolution, but how does each one hold up years later?
  17. obituaries
    Mac Miller Found a Home in RapHe was a perfectionist, and it showed.
  18. eminem
    Eminem Calls Out Everyone on ‘The Ringer’ and It’s Actually Pretty FunHe’s not mad!
  19. iconic collaborations
    Young Thug’s Remix of Elton John’s ‘Rocket Man’ Is Finally HereAnd it’s better than we could ever have hoped.
  20. ariana grande
    Maybe ‘Everytime’ Should Be Ariana Grande’s Next SingleIt’s not the most positive subject matter, but still.
  21. photo gallery
    Aretha Franklin’s Life in PhotosFrom her legendary live shows to meetings with former U.S. presidents to hanging out backstage with Oprah.
  22. queen
    Eminem Raps Insanely Fast On Nicki Minaj’s ‘Majesty’Honestly, has he ever rapped faster?
  23. Travis Scott’s ‘5% Tint’ Is New, But It Sounds OldThe artist loves to immerse himself in hip-hop’s recent past.
  24. This Surprise Kids See Ghosts Album Is Not What You Think It IsSome random musicians are having an amazing day.
  25. Oneohtrix Point Never Makes Popular Art Music for Our Anxious Times“I’m not in that part of my life when I’m holed up with my own thoughts and making this really cryptic labyrinth of personal mythology.”
  26. Summer Music Preview: Drake, Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande, and So Much KanyePlus: Wild speculation about Beyoncé, Jay-Z, and Childish Gambino.
  27. Being Woke Is Still Not a Genre of MusicBut the Black Eyed Peas are sure trying to make it happen.
  28. spring preview
    Spring Music Preview: Cardi B, Jack White, and More Albums We Can’t Wait to HearThe soundtrack for the warmer months is already stacked.
  29. videology
    Who Knew Watching Kendrick Lamar Rap in a Palm Tree Could Be So FunEvery second is perfect.
  30. Mozzy’s ‘Seasons’ Is a Major Highlight From the Black Panther SoundtrackIt’s the quietest, most somber moment on the album.
  31. grammys
    The Winner of This Year’s Grammys Was the TurtleneckDudes love turtlenecks now.
  32. okay sure
    Tom Hardy Is Not a Terrible RapperIf you care about early-’90s New York rap, you’ll find something to enjoy here.
  33. Justin Timberlake’s Man of the Woods Track List, AnalyzedIt’s manly!
  34. most anticipated of 2018
    32 Albums We’re Excited About in 2018Cardi B! Beyoncé! Kanye?!
  35. year in culture 2017
    The 10 Best Songs of 2017Vulture’s music team picks its favorite songs of the year.
  36. 2018 Grammy Nominations: The Snubs and SurprisesDonald Glover’s latest album as Childish Gambino came up bigger than anyone saw coming.
  37. A. Savage Could Become a Great American SongwriterOn Thawing Dawn, the Parquet Courts front man finds new ways to write about love.
  38. The Best Music Videos of 2017 (So Far)Kendrick Lamar, M.I.A., and Migos have dominated the year in visuals.
  39. The Best Songs of 2017 (So Far)Lorde, the War on Drugs, Lil Uzi Vert, Khalid, and more.
  40. witch week
    Why It’s Time to Reconsider Witch HouseThe electronic music subgenre was mocked to death before it had a chance to grow.
  41. Charles Bradley: A Master of Raw SoulBradley’s death was announced on Saturday.
  42. The Unappealing World of Lil Peep, ExplainedMaybe some music is only for teenagers.
  43. what is this
    What Are We Supposed to Make of This Oddly Catchy Trap-Country Song?Branchez and Big Wet have a great weekend-party anthem on their hands, so why does it feel so weird to watch?
  44. The Best Beats from 4:44 Producer No I.D.A guide to some other beats that have defined him as an artist to revere.
  45. videology
    Radiohead’s OK Computer–Era Rarity ‘Man of War’ Gets a Music VideoIt comes with an unsettling video about a man being followed for no apparent reason.
  46. rip
    Mobb Deep’s Prodigy Dead at 42He died due to sickle cell complications in Las Vegas.
  47. videology
    The War on Drugs Perfectly Capture American Sadness in the ‘Holding On’ VideoStarring Frankie Faison, whom you might remember from The Wire.
  48. exclusive
    Here’s Why Mac DeMarco Headlining Radio City Music Hall Is a Big DealMac DeMarco is more popular than ever, and he’s still not sure why.
  49. fallout
    PWR BTTM Address Sexual-Assault Allegations in Detail“We want nothing more than to be back performing together soon.”
  50. 10 Amazing Vocal Performances From Soundgarden’s Chris CornellThe Soundgarden and Audioslave front man was a defining figure of the grunge scene and one of the best rock vocalists we had.
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