MUSIC ESSAYS

Why Lorde, Iggy Azalea, & Grimes Are Wrong About Criticism and Journalism (Video)

Why Lorde, Iggy Azalea, & Grimes Are Wrong About Criticism and Journalism (Video)

Lorde had some things to say on her Tumblr today.

Still a G Thang: YG, Gibbs, and Gates Put Gangster Rap To the Front

Still a G Thang: YG, Gibbs, and Gates Put Gangster Rap To the Front

Three rappers offer radically different takes on a resilient genre.

Man-Skirts Are Hip-Hop In 2014-Get Over It, Lord Jamar

Man-Skirts Are Hip-Hop In 2014-Get Over It, Lord Jamar

The nostalgia for the masculinity of hip-hop's Golden Era can be so self-delusional.

When DMX Fights George Zimmerman, We All Lose

When DMX Fights George Zimmerman, We All Lose

Nothing good will come of this.

Hate Me Now: What It's Like To Be A Grammy Voter

Hate Me Now: What It's Like To Be A Grammy Voter

Complex's own Senior Editor Rob Kenner, who is a member of the voting academy, breaks down the many flaws of the Grammy voting process.

Get Ready To Hate-Watch Ryan Seacrest's Female White Rapper Reality Show

Get Ready To Hate-Watch Ryan Seacrest's Female White Rapper Reality Show

The man who brought you Keeping Up with the Kardashians is at it again.

Can Rick Ross Remain Untouchable?

Can Rick Ross Remain Untouchable?

Rick Ross has been outperforming expectations for five years now. Can he keep it up?

Why Nas' "It Was Written" Is Better Than "Illmatic"

Why Nas' "It Was Written" Is Better Than "Illmatic"

A controversial opinion!

2013: The Year The Rap Nerds Finally, Totally, Took Over

2013: The Year The Rap Nerds Finally, Totally, Took Over

Rap nerds have been a thing for a while now, but 2013 was the year it became obvious that the nerds were running the show now.

On The Agony of Making Year End Lists

On The Agony of Making Year End Lists

Think it's easy to make a Best Albums list? Think again.

Leave Bieber Alone: A Non-Belieber Defends The Biebs' Recent Music In Light of His Recent Headlines

Leave Bieber Alone: A Non-Belieber Defends The Biebs' Recent Music In Light of His Recent Headlines

The tabloids have recently been having a field day with the Canadian singer, but what you should be paying attention to is his ever evolving new music?

30 Years of Pop Perfection: Why Cyndi Lauper's "She's So Unusual" Holds Up

30 Years of Pop Perfection: Why Cyndi Lauper's "She's So Unusual" Holds Up

Today marks the 30th anniversary of Cyndi Lauper's She's So Unusual. We wonder, what made the album so great?