Posts By Claire Lobenfeld

Jeremih: The Chocolate Box EP

Most of the songs on this four-track EP are just fine. One is a boorish, boring misfire that should have stayed in the vault.

Ravyn Lenae: Crush EP

The Chicago R&B upstart pairs with producer Steve Lacy for five tracks of inventive modernist soul.

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.