Review: Drake Opens Tour in Austin, Rapping, Singing and Sneering

As Drake continues to refashion his sing-rap hybrid, his tour is bookended by tough talk, but oscillates between that and smoother, more tender sections.

As Drake continues to refashion his sing-rap hybrid, his tour is bookended by tough talk, but oscillates between that and smoother, more tender sections.

Gucci Mane, Buff, Sober, Out of the Pen and Ready to Flow

The Georgia rapper, while under house arrest, prepares to reassert his place in the hip-hop hierarchy with his album “Everybody Looking.”

The Georgia rapper, while under house arrest, prepares to reassert his place in the hip-hop hierarchy with his album “Everybody Looking.”

Critic’s Notebook: Jay Z and Beyoncé: Activism Gone Vocal

Once chastised by Harry Belafonte for not being socially responsible, music’s power couple now raise concerns about police brutality in their songs.

Once chastised by Harry Belafonte for not being socially responsible, music’s power couple now raise concerns about police brutality in their songs.

The Playlist: Desiigner and Fergie Aren’t Done Just Yet

Hear the tracks that caught our pop critics’ attention, from Jacob Collier’s “Hajanga” to Angel Olsen’s “Shut Up Kiss Me.”

Hear the tracks that caught our pop critics’ attention, from Jacob Collier’s “Hajanga” to Angel Olsen’s “Shut Up Kiss Me.”

Artist Who Inspired Kanye West’s ‘Famous’ Video: ‘I Was Really Speechless’

Vincent Desiderio, an artist in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., recently learned that his painting “Sleep” served as the inspiration for Mr. West’s latest music video.

Vincent Desiderio, an artist in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., recently learned that his painting “Sleep” served as the inspiration for Mr. West’s latest music video.

First Words: Donald Trump Versus the ‘Haters’

The Republican nominee borrowed the language of the rappers who once idolized him and turned it into another weapon in his rhetorical arsenal.

The Republican nominee borrowed the language of the rappers who once idolized him and turned it into another weapon in his rhetorical arsenal.