Review: Lil Yachty’s ‘Teenage Emotions’ Might Change the Way People Rap

May 26, 2017 Music

Nineteen-year-old "bubblegum trap" sensation Lil Yachty is rap's most polarizing figure. He joyfully hopscotches past hip-hop tradition in a way that's not only antagonizing to old heads (he famously told Billboard that he "honestly couldn't name five songs" by Biggie and Tupac), but actively unmoors rap from familiar ideas of rhythm and melody. On his debut album, Teenage Emotions, he brags that he has "never took a sip of beer" but has an intoxicated flow, crooning notes he can't hit and enthusiastically rapping beyond the beat. Love him or hate him, he is probably going to change the world.

There's no real musical cohesion on this collection of 21 tracks by 23 producers, but the presence of the Instagram star is unmistakable, gleefully rapping about looking at

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Ariana Grande Pens Letter to Fans: ‘I Am Sorry For the Pain and the Fear’

May 26, 2017 Music

Ariana Grande expressed deep grief in a typed-out statement that she posted via Twitter on Friday afternoon. This is the pop singer's first public address since she tweeted on Monday night after a suicide bomber detonated a bomb outside of her Manchester Arena concert. The explosion killed 22 people and injured 59 others.

"I have been thinking of my fans and of you all non stop over the past week. The way you have handled all of this has been more inspiring and made me more proud than you'll ever know," the singer wrote. "The compassion, kindness, love, strength and oneness that you've shown one another this past week is the exact opposite of the heinous intentions it must take to pull off something as evil as what happened Monday. YOU are the opposite. I am sorry for

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Early-2000s NYC Rock History ‘Meet Me in the Bathroom’: 10 Things We Learned

May 26, 2017 Music

Seizing a cultural moment is equal parts hard work, dumb luck and a whole lot of partying – at least, that's what Meet Me in the Bathroom, Lizzy Goodman's new oral history of New York City's early-2000s musical rebirth, suggests. The whopping, near 600-page account documents the unlikely takeover of bands like the Strokes and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs at a time when rap-rock and post-grunge were at their peak. While the book features dozens of artists telling their stories, from Jonathan Fire*Eater to Conor Oberst, LCD Soundsystem and beyond, it's not entirely about sex, drugs and rock & roll (though there is plenty of all that).

Through hundreds of firsthand testimonials, Goodman also gets at the heart of a world on the brink of change following

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Big Star Ready Greatest Hits Comp With Rare Single Edits

May 26, 2017 Music

Beloved power pop group Big Star will release a new greatest hits collection featuring rare single versions of six of the band's tracks.

The Best of Big Star culls its 16 songs from the late Alex Chilton and company's three studio LPs – 1972's #1 Record, 1973's Radio City and 1978's Third/Sister Lovers – along with the single versions of tracks like "In the Street," "September Gurls" and "O My Soul."

The compilation includes liner notes penned by Robert Gorden, who previously won a Grammy for his liner notes in the 2009 Big Star box set Keep an Eye on the Sky, plus an introduction from drummer Jody Stephens, the band's lone surviving member.

The Best of Big Star is due out June 16th on CD and vinyl. Check out the single mix

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Fans to the Front: How Ariana Grande’s Online Family Is Coping After Manchester

May 26, 2017 Music

In her Fans to the Front column, Brittany Spanos dives into what's happening in fan culture on the Internet.

Tragedy often has a bittersweet way of connecting communities who are bound by the shared experience, but members of one of the groups impacted by this week's Manchester bombing already saw each other as a family, spread far and wide across the world.

"We were devastated," 17-year-old Ariana Grande fan Ryan Dizon tells Rolling Stone. The Toronto teen runs a well-followed fan account called Ariana Grande Today and several of his friends from Twitter were in attendance at the show and survived the traumatic incident. "Most importantly, we were thinking of Ariana and her team. They're the reason we're a family. It's really

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Hear Nick Jonas’ House-Inflected Breakup Song, ‘Remember I Told You’

May 26, 2017 Music

Nick Jonas has returned with a new house-inflected, guest-filled single, "Remember I Told You." The song is about Jonas rekindling an old romance by telling his former lover how much he needs her. "All of the words that I'm saying/ Are just a fancy way of saying 'I care,'" he croons on the chorus. 

Pop newcomer Anne-Marie sings the second verse, trying to be cool about the man she loves having (possibly) moved on. Mike Posner raps on the bridge, showing a bit more anger about the situation than Jonas and Anne-Marie. "Hate is just a fancy way of saying that I care," he spits. 

Jonas has yet to reveal if "Remember I Told You" will lead to a new album this year. His last solo release, 2016's Last Year Was Complicated, yielded "Close" and

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‘Sgt. Pepper’ Reissue, Lil Yachty and 18 More Albums to Hear Now

May 26, 2017 Music

Rolling Stone Recommends:

The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Anniversary Edition)The rock legends' milestone album gets a splashy 50th anniversary reissue and a mix closer to the mono sound it was originally intended to have. "The mono version of the title track jolted full-force, particularly in the collusion of Paul McCartney's bass and Ringo Starr's storming drums," writes Mikal Gilmore. "Martin has said that in attending to the new album's mix he was aiming for a '3-D mono' rendition – and he has achieved it. The titular opening track finally jumps out of the speakers in a more centralized stereo: It's sharp, vivid, forward leaning – the sound of a big band doing very big things and not fucking around about it one bit.

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Watch Martin Garrix, Troye Sivan’s Vulnerable New ‘There For You’ Video

May 26, 2017 Music

Australian singer/YouTube sensation Troye Sivan and Dutch DJ-producer Martin Garrix unite on the atmospheric new single, "There For You." Over Garrix's lush production, built on manipulated vocal samples and glitchy electronics, Sivan reflects back on a rough 2016: "Somewhere I lost a piece of me, smoking cigarettes on balconies … Last year took a toll on me/ But I made with you next to me."

The EDM duo hyped the collaboration with a cinematic video, which highlights both the loneliness and exhilaration of life as a touring musician. One second, Sivan and Garrix are pensively gazing out hotel windows in San Francisco; the next, they're performing onstage in front of mesmerized fans snapping cellphone photos.

Garrix said the collaboration was Sivan's idea. "I've been a

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Hear T-Pain, Young M.A Boast About Sex on New Song ‘F.B.G.M.’

May 26, 2017 Music

T-Pain celebrates finding "a girl who can do both" – as in "fuck bitches, get money" – on his new single "F.B.G.M.," featuring a cameo from Brooklyn rapper Young M.A.

The king of Auto-Tune croons over a soulful electric guitar arpeggio and trap beat, boasting, "I think I found the one/ My baby girl gon' give me a son." While, in her brief guest verse, M.A echoes the theme, praising her new partner's sex-business dynamic: "Hustle on the weekdays, freakin' on the weekends."

"F.B.G.M." previews T-Pain's upcoming OBLiViON LP. The singer hasn't announced a release date for the album, which follows his recently issued collaborative mixtape with Lil Wayne, the fittingly titled T-Wayne

The rapper-singer has yet to announce a title for his new LP,

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Hear Rita Ora’s Romantic New Song, Co-Written By Ed Sheeran

May 26, 2017 Music

Rita Ora celebrates a whirlwind romance on electro-pop single "Your Song," which she co-wrote with Ed Sheeran and producer Steve Mac.

The British singer opens with a dazed morning-after scenario: "I can taste you on the tip of my tongue/ Alarm without no warning," she croons over a breezy synth pattern and high-pitched vocal samples. "You're by my side, and I've got smoke in my lungs." From there, she recaps a night of passion ("kissing in the back of the cab," " love right there on your best friend's couch") and realizes, to her surprise, that the wild night might amount to more than a one-night-stand: "Your song's got me feeling like I'm in love."

Ora gushed about collaborating with Sheeran and Mac, whom she dubbed "some of the most talented songwriters of our time." She

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