Posts By Claire Lobenfeld

Burna Boy: Outside

Following an all-too-brief turn on Drake’s More Life, one of Nigeria’s preeminent musical ambassadors shares his own hybrid vision, drawing on Afrobeats, dancehall, and road rap.

CupcakKe: Ephorize

The fearless Chicago rapper offers her best album yet, with terrific production and a barrage of raps that reveal Elizabeth Harris to be far more than her hilarious and absurdly raunchy one-liners.

Big Sean / Metro Boomin: Double or Nothing

Though fun and at times politically salient, even Metro Boomin cannot rescue Big Sean from his habit of writing the absolute corniest lyrics imaginable.

Brent Faiyaz: Sonder Son

On his heartfelt new album, R&B upstart Brent Faiyaz finds joy in the midst of struggle. He works through his pain without kowtowing to radio trends, offering a promising debut.

Miley Cyrus: Younger Now

Bland production and weak songwriting hamstring the personalized nature of Younger Now, making it merely a suggestion of the kind of artist Miley Cyrus could be.

Princess Nokia: 1992 Deluxe

On her newly reissued and expanded 2016 mixtape, Destiny Frasqueri—aka Princess Nokia—raps with granular detail about mysticism, childhood, and her native New York City.

Samantha Urbani: Policies of Power EP

Samantha Urbani’s debut is alt-pop with style and nuance. She coats her sound with some retro ’80s accessories, but her real emotions remain grounded in the present.

WizKid: Sounds from the Other Side

Emerging as a pop star from Nigeria’s Afrobeats scene, WizKid’s stateside debut is a potent crossover album that blends pop, R&B, dancehall and features Drake, Trey Songz, Ty Dolla $ign and more.